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Fritschi Xenic Binding

Brand: Fritschi
Model: Xenic
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Price: $429.95 $386.95
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The Swiss binding makers at Fritschi have been trend-buckers in an industry that typically prioritizes lightweight construction over all else. Providing competitively weighted bindings while emphasizing release safety, durability, and ease-of-use is the name of the game for them. The Xenic binding checks all those boxes, weighing in under 300g and offering lateral toe elasticity, an uncommon safety feature in tech bindings. The Fritschi design wizards accomplished this feat of engineering with toe pins that slide side-to-side independent of the toe lever, giving skiers a comfortable zone for managing impacts before flying free from their binding. For skinning, the pins lock out by pulling all the way up with the toe lever, providing security in no-fall zones. With brakes that pop on and off with a few simple screws, the Fritschi Xenic binding is a serious option for committed backcountry skiers who are willing to carry a few more grams to afford themselves a higher margin of safety.

  • Optional brakes have a lockout that engages once the heel is rotated and keeps the brake locked down until rotated back to ski mode.
  • True to Fritschi roots, the Xenic is made of innovative composite materials that are lighter than alloys while maintaining serious durability.
  • Heel piece offers 40mm of elasticity in the heel, and switches from ski to walk simply by turning it 180 degrees, with a flat mode and single riser.
  • Fritschi Easy Step-In technology makes clipping in a one-try deal, no more fiddling with snow jammed bindings-- just line it up and push down.
  • Adjustable heel unit accommodates different BSL's, great for folks with several boot options.
  • Toe and heel pieces each have their own release value setting with a range from 4-10.
  • Made in Switzerland.
-> ounces
282g w/o brake
Weight (pair) 564g w/o brake
Boot Compatibility Tech
Brakes Optional 85, 95 or 105mm
BSL Adjustment 25mm
Riser Heights 1 + flat
Vertical Release 4-10
Lateral Release 4-10
Crampon Ready Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials Aluminium and ultra-strong plastic
Skimo Co Says
Usage Backcountry ski touring, mountaineering.
Notes Lateral elasticity in the toe improves retention over typical designs.
Bottom Line A very dialed sub-300g binding with fully adjustable release values.
Question from Nevada
I have unmounted Blizzard Zero G 85's and Tecnica Cochise 130 boots. Would this binding fit my boot? They are not ISO 9523.

Also, the boots aren't the best for uphill and have a limited forward range of motion, is the Xenic's single heel lift setting of 11 degrees enough considering I'm using these boots?

I'm considering purchasing Tecnica Zero G boots to work better with this dedicated uphill setup but may hold off if my Cochise would work.

Any help is appreciated, thank you!!
Answer from TSB
Hey Nevada, thanks for reaching out (from our neighboring state?)! The Xenic would be perfectly compatible with your Cochises (it's a full "pin-tech" binding that pairs with the front and rear tech fittings on your boots), but as you mention the high riser on the Xenic might not give you quite enough lift for steeper skintracks and a less-flexible boot. I would advocate either upgrading to a boot with better ankle articulation -- like the Tecnica Zero G you mention, or better yet a two-buckle touring boot -- or checking out a binding with a higher high riser, like the Plum Guide.
Answer from Nevada K
Thank TSB! Is the Speed Turn 2.0 a good option vs the Plum Guide? It seems like a great binding for my use but I can't find any info on the riser height.
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by Thomas G. (used product a few times)
I bought them not too long ago to replace some G3 ions on a new pair of skis (black crows navis freebird) I bought. They're ridiculously simple and really like the on/off touring mode and the single heel riser. The toe piece is also pretty interesting to ski compared to the ION. I skied them mostly in choppy, icy snow and one day in a resort, never had a problem. My only issue is that sometimes the toe piece is hard to lock but I guess it's mainly due to the boot inserts width with some snow in them. Apart from that I'd say they're a solid 9.5/10
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Question from Roy
I suppose there isn't a toe shim available yet?
Answer from Teddy Young
Unfortunately, we are not aware of any aftermarket toe shims made for this binding yet, my apologies!
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Question from Isaiah
Hi, I have a set of these and purchased from you guys the DynaFit TLT7 Performance. There seems to be some interference in walk mode between the "speed nose" of the TLT7 and the red alignment bumper in the toe piece.

I've heard that maybe you can take the red alignment bumper out of the toe piece to increase the range of motion in walk mode. However, I just had my brand-new bindings mounted to my brand-new ski. Do I have to remove the bindings to pull the red alignment piece out? Or is this a bad idea in general and should I get a different binding/boot combo?

Thanks for the response... I always come here bc y'all have the best customer service on the web....
Answer from jbo
Hi Isaiah, thanks for the feedback! Yes, for boots with the Speed Nose you should remove the bumper. It's easier to do unmounted as it just slides off whereas when mounted the screws can catch the tips of the plastic. In the later case, you might need to use a little elbow grease ;)
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Question from Martin Zanazzi
Replying to Jeff M.: As another answer said, the widest brake is 105mm so it should not be able to fit a 112mm ski. But I could probably squeeze in a 106mm ski, I assume?
Answer from jbo
Hi Martin, yes that will be no problem.
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Question from Martin Zanazzi
Hello, I was wondering if it’s possible to slip a 106mm ski in the 105mm brakes? I think it might be possible because there only needs to be 1/2mm extra space on both sides. Thank you
Answer from Jeff
Martin, as their widest brake, it will easily fit a 112mm ski.
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Question from Gabriel Marias Martinez
Hi guys! For a freeride use, looking for the safest binding especially thinking in avalanches in the uphill, and skiing on-piste and off-piste looking best to prevent knee injuryes

Should be the Vipec because of the toe lateral release system much better than Xenic? Also in my list ATK freerider.

On the other hand most of the actual freeriders just go with pin binding with lateral and frontbrelease on the heel..so...
Answer from TSB
Hey Gabriel! While we try to avoid free-/ambulance-riding here at Skimo Co, all of the bindings you mention would be appropriate for a variety of backcountry applications, including those times when your skis are off the ground for an extended period. If you are seeing your skills moving deeper into the mountains, a binding like the Xenic will be a more capable backcountry setup that sheds weight for long tours and those days of many powder laps. If you are hoping to take your binding out for many of your on-piste ski days, however, I'd recommend the Salomon Shift for best release consistency in a traditional alpine setting. Both the Xenic and the Shift utilize a traditional locked-out toe for uphill touring, so no huge differences there.
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Question from Dan
Does the Xenic require a heel gap? And is it a U-Spring design? Thanks
Answer from jbo
Hi Dan, the Xenic should have a 1mm heel gap. It is not a U-Spring, but a fully adjustable forward release system with independent pins.
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Question from Matt
I see the widest brake available is a 110. Can it fit a ski with a 112mm waist?
Answer from TSB
Hey Matt, as far as we know the widest Xenic brake will be 105mm, which would unfortunately be too small for a 112-waisted ski.
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Question from Rudi
I have two questions about this binding. Is the toe piece release mechanism similar to the Vipec whereby it releases laterally at the toe versus at the heel common to most tech bindings? Also do have an idea of the ramp delta between the toe and heel yet?
Answer from jbo
Hi Rudi, the Xenic releases laterally at the heel, not the toe. There is lateral elasticity in the toe which is unique but it does not release there, merely slides side to side. The elasticity helps improve retention on hard snow. The delta is +14.5mm, heel over toe.
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Question from Jeff
Do you have the mount pattern? Could I put them on something that had the G3 Ion with either reusing holes (inserts) or minimal shift of the mount position?
Answer from jbo
Hi Jeff, we've measured and published the mounting pattern here. You would have to move forward or back a noticeable amount with the Ion holes in the way.
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by Sindbeat (used product a few times)
The Xenic is a clever understatement: a very light binding with all the features of a heavy freeride binding like increased security on release angles with the opportunity of stoppers: great invention that has been tested bycracks for three years now!
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Question from Doug F
Hi Skimo - curious, as I cannot tell from the detailed photos, whether the toe piece has a leash attachment. I'm thinking I would mount this binding on a 110-115 width ski. Also, how confident are you in this product for season #1? Much appreciated in advance your advice! - Doug
Answer from jbo
Hi Doug, here is a photo of how the leash attaches to the binding. You can mount a cable loop under either side of the toe piece.
Answer from Doug F
Ahh, look at that! Super thanks, JBO!
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