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    This is my second AT binding. My first was a Naxo NX01 that I spend three seasons on an liked before they died. I was thinking about going Dynafit or G3, but got these because they were much, much cheaper. I've been very happy with them, both on piste and in the BC. They ski and tour well for me.

    First thing I noticed while touring with these was their lighter weight. Sure, they're nowhere near as light as Dynafits and they still have the heel lift, but without brakes they're definitely the lightest step-in binding out there. It may only be a pound, but on a long day that weight becomes really noticeable. Note the caveat of "without brakes". I bought the brakes and use them in resorts, but they're easy enough to install and remove that I take them off for touring and use leashes. Also, I don't use the stock leashes, I have some lighter ones that I like better. It's worth it. I'm also thinking about removing the return springs because they don't seem strong enough to really return the ski to normal and they're extra weight.

    A lot was made about Naxo's triple pivot and how it eliminated the Fritschi "franken-step". Having gone from the Naxos to these, I didn't really notice that much of a difference. The Naxo is a tiny bit smoother on the flats, but I didn't find that the Fritschis toured unnaturally at all. It may be more noticeable with alpine boots; I'm using these with Scarpa Spirit 3s which have a very nice range of motion. On steep climbs, the Fritschis are noticeably better. They're also much easier to perform kick turns on.

    The heel lifters are way better than the Naxo; having more and higher options is great on steep stuff. They're also much easier to move up and down with my pole.

    On the downhill, these ski as well as I need them to. They're noticeably stiffer than the Naxos (which were notoriously flexy); I have much more precise control over the ski. The step in is also much more confidence-inspiring. Sure that's a subjective thing, but a good snap as you step in makes you feel much better when you're standing at the top of a couloir. If you're the type who thinks that Scarpa Spirit 3 boots are nowhere near enough boot for you you'll probably want more binding than this, but for me it's plenty enough.

    I do about 50/50 BC/Resort skiing and I only have one pair of skis, so I want a binding that can handle both reasonably well. I mounted these to my Salomon 1080 Guns (90mm underfoot and fairly soft), the same skis I had the Naxos on before, and it's been a good match. I'm pretty light at 155lbs at 6'2", and ski with what some may call a "conservative" style. I ski anything I can find, but I don't necessarily charge it very hard. This binding has done it all for me: I've skied super icy resort boilerplate and done multi-day tours on them and am happy as can be. I would definitely buy again, especially at the price I got them for.

    I should note that a friend of mine has had these same bindings for four years now and one of the heel latches has come somewhat loose and often goes "instant tele" on him. He fixed it by sticking a bolt in the latch so that it can't come up, but that is a potential problem. I don't put a whole lot of stock in his gear experience, though, because he doesn't treat his equipment very well. If you carelessly toss your skis around on rocks and whatnot, you will probably break things, these bindings included.

    dang good binding

      I can't complain, ..i got an earlier version of these used (the titanal 3), which near as i can tell is virtually the same binding. Anyway, i doubt they're indestructible, but i bought them used, and have skied them hard with alpine boots in the backcountry and in the resort for the past few years. Only several days a year, but probably harder than they're designed to be treated (im 160lbs, but very aggressive skier), and they've held up great without a problem. I have them on BD havocs.


        Even though I mostly use dynafit bindings.I still have place in my heart for these bindings.
        For inbound skiing they are solid,and for one to two day ski tours or ski mountaineering objectives with steep chutes on your mind they still work great.You will be a little slower on the up,with no compromise on the down.

        Work great.

          These a very good, very versitile bindings. They'll take the abuse (in my experience) of skiing in bounds or out of bounds. In my opinion, they're a little heavy for a dedicated backcountry binding. I'd go with Dynafits for that. However, if you're just getting into it, this is a good way to go because it will happily do both.


            I originally bought the freerides, but in the wrong size, so i was somewhat forced to buy this binding from my local shop. My initial reaction was just like stevens pass guy's "leashes, oh cool!". But try putting on your ski on a steep icy slope and you will quickly realize they are not so cool. Overall, i really dislike the leashes, so get the breaks. Secondly, i broke the riser part of the binding off while resort skiing. I do not recall landing on that part of the binding, but its no longer there, and i am waiting for a replacement part to be shipped to me. They do feel a little flimsy, but not breakable. On a plus side, while skiing in them i can really put some power into the turns. They hold my boot very well, and while at a medium DIN setting (6 or 7) they dont eject me. Although, im going to crank up the DIN, because i dont want my skis coming off and still being attached to me as i yard-sale around. They are also much lighter than a standard binding. Many pros, but one or two major cons.

            Diamir Explore- wicked good

              Nice binding, Solid, easy to use, light-ish (with a little extra on the ish) but way more durable than the Naxo NX01 or the last pair of fantastically exploding Dynafits that I had... Brakes are a little tough to come by, so order them from this website with your bindings... but really... leashes are cool! In the words of the great Ricky Bobby- "Brakes are for those who lack commitment" OK- he didn't actually say that, but I'm sure he'd agree.

              Rattles a bit...

                I love these bindings. I use them for touring and for on piste as well. They are pretty stiff and bombproof. I've only had them click into touring mode once when downhill skiing. They do tend to rattle a bit on hardpack, but they're made for pow anyway!

                I have A Fritschi Diamir expolore binding...

                I have A Fritschi Diamir expolore binding and want to put it on a new pair of skis. My problem is they are coming off a 90mm wide ski the new pair willbe 108mm. Is there a way to adjust or replace the brake to fit the wider ski??

                how does the explore compare to the freeride?...

                how does the explore compare to the freeride? For mostly ski patrol resort service and occasional forays off-piste.

                The Explore is lighter, less rigid and sports a lower DIN. Generally this binding is made for touring. As a downhill binding, the Freeride is definitely the way to go, but I guess it would depend on you skier type and ability; Beginner, Lightweight, or Gingerly skiers could still lean towards the Explorer.

                It's lighter if you don't add brakes. If you do add brakes, the weight different is negligible. They also have return springs, but I removed those.

                Basically, it's almost the same as the Freeride but only with a DIN up to 10 instead of 12. I've never set my DIN above 8 so these were fine for me. If you're fine with a lower max DIN, these are still available as NOS at several places and they're much, much cheaper than the Freerides.

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

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                What is the difference between Black Diamond Fritschi Explore Bindings and Fritschi Explore Bindings?

                Has anyone mounted these to mid-fat skis?...

                Has anyone mounted these to mid-fat skis? I'm considering Line Prophet 100's as my 1 ski quiver, and am thinking about putting alpine touring bindings on to rip around the local resort's OB (mainly to get first bowl tracks and piss off my boarder friends. (The skis are 100 mm wide) . Would anyone recommend these, or another? Another question, do these take the abuse of all-mountain riding on the resort in hard snow conditions?Actually, forget the last q... Why would you endure bad snow conditions if you had these??? Am I right?

                These would work, but if your focus is on resort skiing and some sidecountry, there are better options out there. Check out the Marker Duke/Baron as well as the Fritschi Freeride Plus. These are all much more suited to the demands of ripping down the mountain and not as focused on the hike up.

                I have them mounted on a pair of 100 Prophets. They work well, it is a bit of a pain getting tip loops large enough to fit. I got rid of the leashes and got the wide breaks for them. It is a shame that BD charges 70 bucks for them. I would just spend the little extra and get the stronger model. I have broken the plastic heel piece before.