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Fritschi Xenic Binding

Brand: Fritschi
Model: Xenic
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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.
Specifications
Weight
-> 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
Design
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.
11/16/2019
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...
11/19/2019
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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10/30/2019
Question from Dan
 
Does the Xenic require a heel gap? And is it a U-Spring design? Thanks
10/30/2019
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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10/27/2019
Question from Matt
 
I see the widest brake available is a 110. Can it fit a ski with a 112mm waist?
10/27/2019
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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10/23/2019
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?
10/24/2019
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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10/16/2019
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?
10/24/2019
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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10/6/2019
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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8/30/2019
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
10/9/2019
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.
10/9/2019
Answer from Doug F
 
Ahh, look at that! Super thanks, JBO!
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