Black Diamond Fritschi Tecton 13 Ski Bindings · 2023
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Combining the best of both worlds, the Tecton is a lightweight touring binding that performs like an alpine binding on the downhill. By utilizing the pin toe unit of the Vipec bindings, the Tecton remains nimble for the uphill. However, once it’s time to rip skins and charge, the Tecton’s innovative heel-locking lever provides the serious power transfer and security you’d normally reserve for a heavier binding, while also providing a solid connection from boot to binding to ski. The Tecton also features a lateral safety release that allows it to be set for specific release forces, which adds safety to your backcountry excursions. The easy step-in and the intuitive control provide security, especially in challenging terrain. The right mix of light high-tech synthetics and high-quality metal alloys provides superior stability at a low weight.
The Tecton is a huge step forward in backcountry binding technology due to its unique elastic traveling lateral release toe, which is not present in more traditional backcountry bindings. Elasticity in the toe is typically only found in resort bindings, which have much stronger downhill performance compared to backcountry bindings. You can think about elasticity as the suspension in your car, without it, the road would feel very harsh and in-turn you would need to drive more conservatively to be comfortable. The same principal applies in skiing, better suspension equals better "ski-feel" and more comfortability regardless of speed. We aim to build that suspension in through our skis, boots, and bindings, when one of those is missing we are left with harsher feedback into out feet, knees, and back. Additionally the toe of the Tecton has a lateral DIN certified release, this means you will come out of your bindings at the right time, not early, and at the correct force, ensuring your ligaments are not taking the force of a fall. And let me tell you, I have taken many a fall, and I have been more than pleased at either my skis staying on, or coming off when they needed to.
Overall the Tecton is a easy to use relatively light (684g) binding that will get you up in style, and give you the confidence to rip down any slope resort or backcountry.
- Vibration dampening, and safety features of a traditional alpine binding with its laterally releasing DIN toe
- Easy transitions without the need to remove skis, easy step in
- Best in class for toe elasticity, easier to ski aggressive without harsh ski feedback
- The Tecton is primarily made of plastic, care should be taken. Do not hit with a hammer
- Heel adjustment is different than most bindings, make sure to have a qualified shop tech adjust the binding.
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