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Lift? We don’t need no stinking lift!

Fritschi Diamir took its do-it-all Freeride touring binding, added some beefed-up torsional rigidity and wider baseplates to handle today’s fat powder skis, and ended up with the powder-slaying Freeride Pro Binding. With its fat-ski festish and full tour mode, you'll be skiing deep backcountry shots your locked-heel friends can only dream of.
  • Fritschi Diamir's Power Transmission Control uses long, wide baseplates to transmit power more evenly across the ski for increased control
  • Gliding Technology gives the boot a natural roll-off point while you tour, which reduces that weird tip-toe feeling
  • Free-gliding bar eliminates the dead area under your binding and allows the ski to carve naturally

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3 5

Functional but better designs out there

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No issues with durability but not a great touring binding. For one it is heavy but worse yet you are picking up the weight of the majority of the binding when you are you picking up your heel to glide. At first the weight isn't bothersome but after awhile your buddy's dynafits on the way to the summit of Rainier look better, and better.... Also they accumulate alot of snow buildup when touring through powder.

5 5

Easy to use,

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Easy to use, No problems encountered Seem fairly sturdy

1 5

A danger to my life

I bought these bindings a little over a year ago and was originally pleased with them and their simplicity for touring. However, after using them for about 20 tours I have had 4 near death experiences with them all involving pre-release. I have had numerous places look at them including Wasatch Touring several times to make sure that they were adjusted correctly and found no problems. The problem is also not my boots because I have used two different boots (both involved proper binding adjustment) with these and it has happened with both pair. Maybe it's just my pair of bindings or some other unknown factor, but they scare the hell out of me and I will never use them again.

Write your question here...What is the...

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Write your question here...What is the widest ski brake available for these bindings?

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The current Freeride Pro is available with an "XL" brake that will fit waist widths up to 120mm.

Will these bindings work with Rossignol...

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Will these bindings work with Rossignol Experience 120 boots?

4 5

Have no problem with them

I have skied these bindings with 188 cm K2 Coombebacks on Whistler/Blackcombe and backcountry in BC since 2010. Solid bindings and they take abuse; me 225lbs 6'2" so I am suprised at the number of toe release problems and issues with durability. Yes they are heavier than Dynatfits but are easier to step into when conditions get steep and dicey, and you know you are in. these are my 3rd set of Fritchi's and i have not had any problems at all.

1 5

Don't buy them period

I broke mine on the second day. I only got three stitches in my hand but I could have been killed.

Does this binding have the same footprint...

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Does this binding have the same footprint on the ski as the older freeride binding from a few years ago?

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The Eagle and Freeride pro share a mount pattern, and it is different from earlier versions. Check out wildsnow for the full details:

5 5

Seem good to me!

I bought these at the end of last season (2011) and used them the end of last year and this season. Have used them about 50/50 on and off the slopes. While I am not an aggressive skier - and I weigh 155# - I have taken them up and down a few mountains and on multiple day treks. they have done fine - no breakage. Very easy to change heel settings with ski pole ends and have a really good feel/motion doing diagonal stride. I have them on BD VooDoo skis and they work well on the slopes as well. Have also bought the Diamir crampons that that connect direclty to the binding and they are super together. Really do the trick during traverses and steep kick turns. I was concerned after reading the reviews about the toe piece breaks, but so far - no issues. I have a buddy who bought them as well and he does quite a bit of aggressive AT work and he likes them as well.

5 5

Great Binding

I have Fritschi's on 4 of my 5 pairs of BC skis, one pair I have Dynafits. My freerides function just fine, I have 3 pairs that have been skied hard for 4 years and function like they did day 1. solid binding. I Resort and Backcountry with them 2-3 days a week during the long Alaska winter. I see reviews and things out there sayin Dynafit this, lightweight that, but releastically there are unfit BC skiers with Dynafits I lap, just get in shape and who cares. I have found (and there are blog entries that you can find about it) certain model BC boots and Dynafits not playing well, I will say I stopped skiing my Dynafits because I use top of the line boots (brand accomodating a wide foot) and my Dynafits and my BC boots do not play together well. There are many solutions in the blogosphere about grinding certain areas of the dynafits for extra clearances here and there on teh binding, no way! As now with the Dynafits I have to ski down in locked touring mode (approx DIN 19) or the toe releases. That just leaves me at risking knee damage otherwise, when I turn my outside ski releases, do that twice on a steep face or gulley and see how many more times you ski with those. My freerides, NEVER have done that! They are the unsung hero of BC skiing, so get in shape and throw a couple extra pounds on and ski with confidence, knowing your binding is ROCK SOLID!!!

5 5

Fritschi's Rock!

I don't know who these people are that are hacking Frtschi and Black Diamond, but I can only assume they are competitors.

I have riddin them for 2 years now primarily on moguls and tree runs from Most Difficult to Extreme. I unlock to climb where the chair won't take me and play with some tele'. The bindings have held my AT boots so well I was starting to get concerned they wouldn't release when they needed to do so. Then I hit a hole covered in 3' of pow doing like 30mph, skis stopped dead, bindings released as smooth as glass (I have video as proof).

These bindings allow your ski full flex under foot, can be switched to free heal and back without even stopping on catwalks, perform just like an alpine binding on all levels, and the elevated boot position comes in ultra handy to catch extreme angle edges without boot snow contact. I have pounded them every bit as hard as heavy alpine bindings with my garmonts locked in 130 flex mode and they don't even blink an eye.

All good.... Nuff said.

2 5

Not Recommended

Broke the aluminum plate that the toe piece is attached to today. The plate that is drilled into the ski, this happened while SKINING. The plate broke along both screws on the left side. This happened on a pair of 2010 Freeride Plus bindings. Don't buy these bindings, they can work well for a few years and then break. Luckily, I did not have to spend a very cold night in the Teton backcountry! Also broke the toe piece of a Fritschi Freeride binding (the first model year of the white binding), about five years ago. Just looking out for everyone's safety. These bindings work as intended, but should never break after 2.5 seasons of touring use. Disappointed and relieved to be in one piece. These bindings are like gambling, sometimes you win; but eventually in the end you WILL lose!

3 5

Good enough

I got myself on a pair of these mounted to some BD Warrants and I enjoyed them. They didn't feel as solid as my Markers for inbound skiing, though with the tandem weighing in at a scant 6.1 kilos they were perfect for ski mountaineering!

Good enough
2 5

It is not all bad, but there are better options

It is well known that this binding has durability and pre-releasing issues. I don't need to cover that, and I experienced the very same problems myself. It does not survive my skiing style very well, the cost is a large obstacle for what it is, and I prefer much more in my binding, hence the 2 star review.

That said, though, it is an extremely easy binding to operate. There is a reason why all of the UVM Outing Club AT setups currently use these bindings (or the old version, although that could change soon). Transitions at the top are under a minute, and I beat most Duke/Baron operators because I rip skins without removing my skis. The riser options are also nice, however, I never use the top setting because it is a little unstable. But this version got a much-needed toe piece modification.

That said, I don't own this binding. I own the MFD Alltime with Rossignol FKS140s because it holds up much better for me.

Last word: If you don't mind the weight, go with MFD or Duke/Baron. Or wait for the Guardian/Trekker in fall 2012.

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It is now well known that this binding has any breaking issues or "pre-release" problems. I have spent hours looking at reviews and also talking to shops here in Utah, and there is no evidence what so ever that this binding is overwhelmingly breaking, or pre-releasing (whatever that is) Sorry, for my sarcasm, but your review is misleading and probably should be retracted.

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I don't have first-hand experience with these bindings, but if you read reviews on this page and look at user-submitted photos, there are plenty of examples of breakage. Presumably that is what the original reviewer means when he says this issue is well known.

How exactly have people been breaking these...

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How exactly have people been breaking these bindings? Is this a fragile binding that you have to treat very delicately, or have these people been doing silly things that you just can’t do in AT bindings? I’m curious since I am considering purchasing a pair, but I am hesitant after hearing all of your horror stories. Please explain.

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I was on a groomed run up at snowbird when the toe piece completely snapped off and sent me sailing!

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I have been riding the Fritschi Freeride bindings for 4 years and in every kind of condition you can imagine. They are incredibly solid bindings for their light weight, and have held their own when taking a beating... everything from stomping big cliffs, pillow lines, tight trees, groomers, hardpack chunks, multi-day hikes, and even survived a few hard laps in the Blackcomb Park (although I wouldn't recommend risking them there)!

I don't know where all of these negative reviews are coming from, but I can confidently say that these bindings rank among the top for myself and many of my fellow shredders.


I'm getting into Alpine touring this...

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I'm getting into Alpine touring this year and I need to know the best binding to buy. Unfortunately I can't buy two sets of skis so I'll be skiing at both the resorts and backcountry. I'm an aggressive skier and can ski anything the East has to offer. I want to make sure my binding isn't going to release when I'm in the bumps, powder or when I'm ripping groomers. I really like hard aggressive turns on the groomers. I'm probably going to stick with downhill boots as opposed to touring boots. As far as skis, I'm leaning towards the fischer Watea. So, what's the best binding to use for all around skiing?

Thanks for your help

I forgot to add that I'm 6'4" and about 220 lbs

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Depending where you run your DIN, I would recommend a duke or baron.

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Brian, I went with the MFD Alltime. If you already have compatible bindings, it is also the cheapest option. If not, it can get a bit steep but it is still comparable to a set of Dukes.

I use mine for about 60% backcountry, 30% Mad River Glen, and 10% anywhere else (like to get down Bolton Valley after a day on the backside, or Jay Peak sidecountry).

Since you say you have a similar skiing style to me and ski in the same area, but are a bigger guy, I would recommend the MFD. Dukes are also a feasible option, but I am personally not a Marker fan so I avoid them. Others have had great experiences with them, though, so don't rule the Dukes out completely.

will the 108mm brake fit a 127 mm underfoot...

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will the 108mm brake fit a 127 mm underfoot ski - salomon rockers - need touring bindings but brakes all too small. Suggestions? thanks

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I would go with the 120mm version (http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-fritschi-diamir-freeride-pro-binding-120mm). 108mm to 127mm is way too much bending.

I'm a 5'0 female rider om 154 Volkl Kiku-...

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I'm a 5'0 female rider om 154 Volkl Kiku- I have alpine boots because they don't make AT boots in my size.... any chance these might fit a 22 boot and have any decent performance???

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A size 22 boot works out to having a bsl of around 265. The size small Freeride Pro accomodates a 260 - 315 bsl, so it should work for you. I would check your boot and look for what the bsl. It stands for boot sole length. I would check on the sole of your boot or on the side of the heel block right before the arch in the center of the boot. You should see something stamped on the boot that says something like 265mm. It will probably be somewhere between 260mm - 270mm. As long as it is 260 or greater, you should be fine.

I have the Freeride Pro bindings on K2...

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I have the Freeride Pro bindings on K2 Hardside skis. Any recommendations on AT boots for really narrow feet? My regular downhill boots are customized Solomon racing boots.

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Dynafit Titans run 102mm at the ball of the foot and the TLT5 is 101mm. Most people describe them as running narrow. Some Garmonts have also leaned narrow over the years.

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Fritschi Freeride Pro vs Dynafit Radiacal...

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Fritschi Freeride Pro vs Dynafit Radiacal FT---for 6'5" 215 lb agressive skier. Getting BC setup, 190cm BD Verdicts, Garmont Axons have been purchased. Last thing is the binding. Dynafit bindings nice and light but more expensive. Are the Freerides a good option? Looking for a binding that will be 75%/25% ratio Backcountry to Resort Duty. I value reliability and durability in what I buy.

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