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Badgerosity

Badgerosity wrote a question about on March 15, 2012

I'm about 230lbs. I ski hard but don't drop cliffs or get overly extreme. Will this binding work well on a ski like the Rossignol S7 as I have just acquired? Or is it too flexy of a ski? I saw on Wildsnow talk of the boot and heal piece bumping each other with more flex in the ski? Any problems out there with this binding for heavy dudes?

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Badgerosity wrote a review of on September 2, 2011

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This is a solid touring binding like all other Fritschi bindings. In all the years that I've ski toured/mountaineered, those with Fritschi bindings have never had problems. It's always the Dynafit bindings or others like Dynafit that have the problems--difficult to put on with ice in pinholes and falling off while skiing.

One thing about the Freeride Pro compared to older the older Freerides (the black Plus and original Freeride) is the flexion of the binding. I mean to say that with the older Freerides, if the binding is in tour and you pick up the ski, the flexion at the pivot point goes well passed 90degrees. This Freeride Pro does not do that. This new binding makes doing switchbacks much more difficult because you have to drag the ski tip through the snow to go in the opposite direction. I have a hard time describing this in words, but if you climb steep uptracks and you have to switchback your way up, then you know what I mean. The older bindings with the greater flexion at the pivot point allow you to turn easier on the switchback.

To help with these turns, I hook my ski with my pole basket and lift the toe of the ski to help increase the Freeride Pro pivot flexion and clear the snow as I bring the ski around. For example, if I'm turning to my left, then my left ski moves first into the reversing track of the switchback. I use my pole basket to lift the tip of my right ski to swing the tip over the snow to line up my right ski with my stable left ski. It's a balancing act, but it can be done.

This is something that Fritschi needs to look at again. The Freeride Plus, in my opinion is better for touring, but I need the wider base for a fatter ski so the Pro is better for me. Besides, I couldn't beat Backcountry.com's price.

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