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The choice binding for backcountry bombers.

It's no wonder that the Fritschi Diamir Freeride Plus Binding has won awards from Powder, Outside, and Skiing Magazine as their choice for going out-of-bounds. Gladiators of the backcountry amphitheater depend on its legendary reputation when they go huge and land hard. Beefed up from Fritschi's original Freeride touring design, the Freeride Plus has a higher 12 DIN setting, so your planks will stay glued in pucker country where missing a turn can mean your season or worse. Wider mount points and stiffer lateral hinges give you more leverage over the fatty planks that are storming the ropes these days, and the sliding heel lock mechanism eliminates accidental switching into tour mode under flex. Generous 95mm brakes come standard, but you can grab the available Wide Brakes if you're packing magnum girth. The Freeride Plus is compatible with regular alpine as well as dedicated AT boots.

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Just got the Kung Fujas 1.69 and Im between...

Just got the Kung Fujas 1.69 and Im between the Barons and the Freerides...i really can´t pick up my mind.....help?

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Backcountry? Sidecountry? Resort with a bit of hiking? What's your plan?

I don't know much about AT bindings, or...

I don't know much about AT bindings, or anything AT for that matter... it says the brake width is 95mm... not gonna work on skis that are 98mm are they?

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The skis are only 1.5mm wider on each side than the brakes on the Freeride. That's easily within tolerances for bending the brakes and may even be close enough that you won't have to bend them. Purchase these without fear.

3 5

Better than Dukes

This is a fine binding if you wish to compromise your up efficiency to get a more secure feeling on the down, or if you don't want to get tech boots. But if you want a good run up and have a second pair of boots, buy a tech binding.

The engineering in the freeride puts the pivot point in front of your toes (actually outside of the boot's sole) creating a less efficient lift. Add to that the bar and heel lock mechanism which stick with you and you're lifting more with each step. That means a lot of wasted energy on a five figure ascent day.
The descent feels weird on these because of the high profile. It takes getting used to and is a big adjustment for folks who ski alpine bindings most of the time on flat board skis.
On the plus side: it's super adjustable so you can share with your friends (not always recommended for safety reasons, though). it also has a traditional binding look/feel. Brakes and a good din rating make it a safe option for those tiptoeing into the backcountry.

Unanswered Question

Hi,
I am skiing the FFR+s on my K2 Coombas...

Hi,
I am skiing the FFR+s on my K2 Coombas with Scarpa Typhoon boots.

I find that when stepping into the binding, it is extremely easy to put the heel in slightly off alignment, which can result in pre-release. Also, if I ski them hard on packed snow or bumps, the heel can slide off-center or even all the way out. One or two eat-s@#t experiences now has me constantly checking the heel to make sure it is in ok (and it often isn't). No probs in soft snow/pow.

Toe-piece is adjusted correctly for height. Length is adjusted so that the pressure indicator is flush with the back of the binding. Din settings on 8 at front, and 10 at rear.

It seems like whenever the boot is off center, or wants to twist out at the back, the binding just slides back a bit to accommodate it. I have considered cranking the forward pressure up beyond recommended standards, but have heard this can cause the toe piece to break.

Has anyone else had similar experience or know of a solution?

Cheers.

Unanswered Question

With my K2 Darkside i have 128 mm at the...

With my K2 Darkside i have 128 mm at the waiste, is it possible to find a brake for my Diamir Freeride + who will fit ?

Six Pairs (!) of Freerides in a Storm

Six Pairs (!) of Freerides in a Storm

All six of us had Fritschi Freeride Pluses on this tour in the Urner Alps, and when conditions get rough, there is nothing better than being able to count on your equipment. Fritschis are simply bombproof, and make quick work of climbing in any conditions. These guys are guides and avid skiers - not enough can be said about the ubiquity of these bindings on hard tours in the Swiss Alps.

3 5

Good but not great

depending on what you're looking for, the FFR+ can do the job very well, or it can fail time and time again; it all depends on what you're asking it to do. If you are lightweight and/or aren't too aggressive, they are one of the best touring bindings out there (aside from dynafits). If you are a bigger, more powerful, and aggressive skier, you will find they fail more often than not when put to the test. They simply aren't made to take the pounding of a 200lb skier dropping even 15 footers. For me, at 200 lbs and running these w/ the dins cranked all the way up, i've had them release on perfect pow landings from 10 ft again and again. So long as you're not a huckanaut, or are a very small one, these should work out well for you. Touring/climbing wise they are great. If you're looking for something that can take a harder pounding and won't release as you land, go w/ the Marker Duke (16 din), however, those are much heavier and not as great for climbing. There's always a tradeoff.

3 5

Good but not great

depending on what you're looking for, the FFR+ can do the job very well, or it can fail time and time again; it all depends on what you're asking it to do. If you are lightweight and/or aren't too aggressive, they are one of the best touring bindings out there (aside from dynafits). If you are a bigger, more powerful, and aggressive skier, you will find they fail more often than not when put to the test. They simply aren't made to take the pounding of a 200lb skier dropping even 15 footers. For me, at 200 lbs and running these w/ the dins cranked all the way up, i've had them release on perfect pow landings from 10 ft again and again. So long as you're not a huckanaut, or are a very small one, these should work out well for you. Touring/climbing wise they are great. If you're looking for something that can take a harder pounding and won't release as you land, go w/ the Marker Duke (16 din), however, those are much heavier and not as great for climbing. There's always a tradeoff.

3 5

Diamir

Used these for one season.Okay for on hill and decent for touring,
Sit a little too high with these bindings.Too heavy for epic long
touring days.

5 5

Love them.

I started ATing this season and was a little nervous about doing all my regular skiing on this bindings to as I do ski pretty hard in the woods and just on the normal trail, but they held out perfectly on any condition. I would most definitely suggest them to anyone thinking about picking up AT skiing not only for that reason, but also because they're so easy to use, and trust me, you don't want to have to be taking off your gloves in negative weather to reattach your heel to your ski before starting a descent.

matt's steep and deep

out of bounds in canaan valley, wv powder.
feb 2010

5 5

great gear

mounted 'em op on some k2's and ripped up all that east coast powder in canaan valley this year.

yay!!!

Hi I have the 08 black diamond verdicts...

Hi I have the 08 black diamond verdicts and the width under foot is 102 mm will the bindings not be wide enough at 95. I have 285 boots do I need the medium size bindings? What is the 88 mm 90 mm next to the size?

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the stock breaks won't be wide enough for a 102mm ski, unless you bend them to fit, which is easy enough to do with only 7 additional mm's. Are your boots 28.5 or a 285mm bsl? The binding size goes by BSL (boot sole length) which varies widely between boot types.

Hi, my skis are undefoot 94mm, do you sell...

Hi, my skis are undefoot 94mm, do you sell these bindings with brakes or do I have to buy large brake separately? My sole length is 260m so I have to get small size, which is still available, but I need to know if they come with brakes or not.

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The 90mm brake does come with the binding as indicated in the drop down menu and will work just fine for your ski. It might take 4mm of bending, but that is very standard and is no problem for any shop to mount up. Go for the Short/90mm brake and you'll be all set.

Skinning up Terminal Cancer on Fritschi bindings

Skinning up Terminal Cancer on Fritschi bindings

Jay Beyer punches out a steep and narrow skinner in "Terminal Cancer" - Ruby Mtns, NV

1 5

GARBAGE all around!

If you're into bindings that you need to replace every season, then these are the ones for you. I'm an aggressive skier who spends 95% of his time ski touring. The 5% of the time spent on the resort destroyed these bindings. The cheap aluminum used for the pivot platform is exactly that. Prior to the plate blowing apart I was having issues during firm side hill skinning where the binding would twist and step off the back. I had a feeling that the front plate was days away from self destructing.

So if you're looking for a binding that will leave you stranded in the backcountry, you'll love these. Buy two sets and carry a spare with you. If you plan on using these as a side country binding and consider yourself an "aggressive skier" expect to destroy these bindings within a year.

Don't make the same mistake I did, I would've been better off on BCA Alpine trekkers.

4 5

Slowly degenerating

Great AT binding for the first season or two. Among AT bindings available on the market, definately the easiest system for switching from tour to alpine and quickly adjusting climbing height. Easy to adjust to boot sole length and toe height. Nicely bridges the gap between Marker's and Dynafit's AT-binding offerings.
I used these alone for one entire season (resort and BC). BC only the next three seasons. Now on their 4th year of use, they are showing serious lateral play. Side-to-side precision has been lost. Not surprising for the beating they have taken, but just be aware that if you're looking for a binding to serve all your resort and BC needs, this will gradually lose its lateral stiffness. I cannot comment how it compares to other AT bindings in that regard, so take my "n of 1" example with a grain of salt.

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I found the same thing Dude. I've skied on mine for about 4 years, maybe 15-20 days a year on them, and started having a lot of trouble last year with lateral play. I would say most of the time has been backcountry, with some kite-skiing and maybe 15 resort days. I took them apart a couple nights ago and found that the bolt that holds the toe piece down is bent on both skis, which seems to contribute to the flex. the toe plate also has some flex, I can see it when I stand on the ski and push the mounted boot around. I'm 200lbs and I have a histiry of not recommending these bindings to anyone my size. Maybe the new ones are stiffer....?

5 5

If you can only have one...

If you can only have one pair of skis with bindings on them and want an AT set up - these are the way to go. I ski pretty aggressively both at the resorts from time to time and in the BC and haven't had a problem with these. The risers are easy to use with pole tips once you get the hang of it and the 4 different levels are quite nice. One thing I did notice, going from an alpine binding to these, is that the added height gives more leverage - so keep this in mind, especially if you're buying new skis (you might be able to go a touch longer if you're between sizes). They're great and smooth for touring as well - and although not the lightest or strongest...they do a great job of blending the two.

Does anybody have any suggestions for...

Does anybody have any suggestions for retailers (online) that will sell spare parts for FR+'s (i.e. spare toe-piece)?
A warranty policy doesn't help you when you're out on a long tour and something goes wrong so a few spare parts could be very useful.

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Thanks Dakka! (in hindsight it was the obvious answer, I'd just been told by a ski shop that BD didn't supply parts). For all those looking for parts, here are the direct links:

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/ski/spare-parts/sortby/price/sortdir/desc/
http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/uploads/black-diamond/files/JF2764_S10_Spare_Parts_Man.pdf

My aching knees are telling me to stop...

My aching knees are telling me to stop tele skiing and make the switch to AT. Can these Fritschi Freerides be drilled into my 174cm K2 Work Stinx? I believe there is a plate in the Work Stinx due to the pre-drilled binding inserts, and I'm not sure if the positioning on the Freeride screws will hit the plate. Thanks!