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Make my Freeride a pro.
Fritschi set a collision course between alpine touring and freeriding when it released the powerful Diamir Freeride Pro Binding upon the ski industry. This touring binding accommodates a ski with a waist up to 120mm wide, and it flexes the lateral stiffness and robust build needed to keep up with such as ski. As fast up the hill as it is competent during burly, technical descents, the Freeride Pro will soon be the choice of seasoned vets and burgeoning powder addicts on a mission to explore far beyond the resort.
- Toe piece allows a wide 20mm of lateral movement before releasing the boot from the binding, which drastically reduces the opportunity for non-crash-related premature ejection
- Swivel anti-friction plate allows for consistent and friction-free sliding of the toe of the boot in the binding (important for touring and freeride boots with rubber soles)
- Heel piece allows for 13mm of vertical movement before releasing the boot from the binding, which also drastically reduces the opportunity for premature ejection
- Both toe and heel feature a mechanism with a high restoring force so the toe and heel of the boot are returned to alignment quickly in the event of lateral or vertical movement shy of the maximum release point
- Sliding binding-bar linkage allows the ski to flex naturally underneath the boot and between the mounting points of the binding
- PTC (power transmission control) offers superior power transmission to the ski by using wide and torsion-resistant front and rear binding plates, a lateral stabilizer beneath the heel, and a stabilizing bridge shape between the heel and toe
- Change from walk to ski mode without leaving your bindings by simply flipping a switch with the end of your ski pole
- Heel elevator is easy to flip up with your ski pole and offers four angles of inclination from three degrees to thirteen degrees
- Once mounted, binding has a position height of 39mm from the top edge of the ski
- Binding accommodates skis with waist measurement of 80mm+ and DIN ISO compatible touring and alpine ski boots
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Beware the limited warranty
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Just cruising the fresh corduroy before the crowds turned up at the start of the day and Bam! Suddenly no edge control. Down I go. Luckily I escaped with just a bruised knee and sore thumb.
The moral of the story, unless they have improved that particular metal plate in this latest model, these are a weak binding (I know another skier where exactly the same fracture occurred). And no, I am not racer or big mountain skier (I keep my DIN down at 6) and I am not a big guy (<80kg). Oh, and no I was not skiing while in free-heel mode; that was what one of the retail guys at thought must have happened.
Anyway, I have had them since 2008, but I don't chase the winters and have probably done fewer than 130 days on them. Apparently though the warranty is a strict 2 years. Said otherwise, my experience was 'normal wear and tear' and, in the words of the Australian distributor, I should be happy with the life I got from them.
Here is that warranty policy for those who are curious:
I am an intermediate skier looking to start...
I am an intermediate skier looking to start Alpine Touring. I just bought Dynastar Cham 87 skis. I plan to AT maybe once or twice a week. (this year I did 30 inbound resort days)I am looking at a few bindings and need some advice!! I think I would still ski at least 30 in bound days next season plus touring so I need something good.
This is what Ive been looking at:
Fritschi Freeride Pros
Fritcschi Eagle 12
Any and all advice would be super helpful!
Do these bindings work with La Sportiva...
Do these bindings work with La Sportiva Sparkle boots? Also, is the heel adjutable so your friend with a smaller boot could adjust them and borrow them for a day? Do the brakes accomodate a 114m waist?
What is the exact ride hight on these?
What is the exact ride hight on these?
Looking at these or a marker baron for a...
Looking at these or a marker baron for a sidecountry/ backcounry binding that I also ride inbounds. Opinions?
Dukes are heavier and your have to take you boot out of the binding to change modes.
I would go with something lower to the ski like the guardians. If you find yourself riding inbounds more than the backcountry or sidecountry then defiantly find a binding closer to the ski so it doesn't change the way you ski too much. Otherwise I would go with this.
Seems the picture is of the wrong model -...
Seems the picture is of the wrong model - Scout. Or is it the wrong text?
These are the right picture with model if you read the side it says freeride pro also the Scouts are blue and white.
Anyone ride these new bindings? How do...
Anyone ride these new bindings? How do they compare to the new Solomon and Duke bindings?