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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Got these a few weeks ago as a gift from a friend who heard that I had some fritschi bindings. Unfortunately, these do not work on the Freeride Plus bindings, only the current models. It is a real shame that Black Diamond didn't exercise a little more thought in the execution of this item, as it is a really great idea. With just a little modification of the insertion I think that they could be made to work with most if not all of the fritschi models. Perhaps a snap in insert for different models, or a slight change to allow the front end to seat properly. Sadly, these got returned. Again, the concept is fantastic and build appeared to be top-notch, the idea that I can flip down the crampon when I really needed it is very, very cool. I would likely give them four or five stars if they worked for me. They are not however worth spending another $400 just to update a pair of bindings that are still in very good shape and are serving well. Be very aware of your binding model when ordering! Good luck, ski safe.
Have Freeride Pros on BD Voodoo skis / BD Method boots. They attach very easily and solidly to the binding. Fairly easy to deploy and retract using ski pole tips and a couple pushes/pulls with the basket - on the go. The cleats only extend a couple of cm below the skis when on the highest heel setting of the binding, so not a lot of bite going directly up a steep slope when heels are set high. But I have found that these crampons REALLY do the trick during traverses and generate great stability during kick turns. My only concern was that I got a 110 mm set only because my ski waist (88 mm) would not accommodate an 86 mm set. Once I got them I couldn't see how an 86 mm set would work for most adult folks as the cleat(when retracted) on an 86 mm pair seems would have dug into the bottom of my boot. Have about a 1/2 cm gape between the boot outer edge and the cleat. Don't know - just glad I got the wider ones.
I have the Fritchi FR binding (8 years old?). Just bought the Axion and it does not seem to fit. No dice?
Yeah, no dice. The Axion is only compatible with the Freeride Pro and Eagle. Yell at Backcountry for saying they attach to "any Fritschi binding" in the description.
Out of curiosity can these be used in lieu of skins?
Usually ski crampons cannot be used instead of skins, but they complement each other. Ski crampons are good on steep snow with a crust or hard/packed/icy snow, where the edge of the ski doesn't cut through the surface enough. However, where crampons fail is soft snow, where the big surface of skins give much better traction. In short, ski crampons are most useful in ski-mountaineering when the snow conditions are less than optimal.
Supposedly the Europeans would much rather forget their skins than ski crampons at home, if that is any help. I tried mine without skins and it was pretty tricky.
I bought these for my Explores, but no dice. A lot of googling and reading of fine print reveals:
"This crampon is only compatible with current Fritschi models (Freeride Pro and Eagle)" -BD website.
Please add a binding compatibility list to this listing.
will these work on my fritschi freeride bindings? Also it seems as if theres alot of plastic on them compared to previous models, does this pose a problem with the integrity of the crampon while kicking hard into icepack?
The BD website says "This crampon is only compatible with current Fritschi models (Freeride Pro and Eagle)". I'm not sure about older models. Good luck.
Could this be made to work on Armada JJ's with a 115 waist?
I have the same question, will they bend enough for the 115mm JJ?
Also have same question with my 115 Rossi Super7