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Black Diamond Fritschi Tecton 12 Binding

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    Rip big wherever you go.

    You're standing on top of a walled-in, 50-degree couloir, looking down at the steep face peppered with the footprints of your agonizing bootpack, knees slightly shaking, and trying not to think about the long walk back to the car when you reach the bottom—to say you worked hard to get here would be a colossal understatement, so you better be ready to enjoy the descent. Luckily you've clicked into your Fritschi Tecton 12 Bindings and you're ready to rip this gnarly line all the way down to your ant-sized buddy way down in the run out.

    The Tecton 12 uses the same nimble, uphill-friendly toe piece of the popular Vipec, which has quite a bit of lateral elastic travel to enhance retention when you're charging through crud and ice, while the heel piece is more similar to a traditional alpine binding to give you the security and confidence you need to slay the descent. Touring bindings with this style of heel-locking lever typically come with some baggage, usually in the form of a substantial weight increase, but the Tecton 12 weighs in at only 1lb 7oz per foot. The Tecton 12 features a lateral release in both ski and walk mode as well as a DIN certification for increased safety and security, and the three-level heel risers are quick and easy to flip up to accommodate changing slope angles.

    • AT binding balances touring efficiency with downhill performance
    • 5-12 release ratings suitable for aggressive skiers
    • Front lateral release in both ski and walk mode
    • Heel-locking lever adds security on the downhill
    • Three-level heel riser aid in uphill efficiency
    • Brakes are included but can be removed to save weight
    • Item #BLD00PV

    Tech Specs

    Release Rating
    5-12
    Boot Compatibility
    tech
    Brake Width
    100mm, 110mm, 120mm
    Brakes Included
    yes
    Safety Features
    front lateral release, heel-locking lever
    Heel Elevators
    three-level
    Claimed Weight
    [pair, 110mm brakes] 2lb 14oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    I like them

      These were a little more cumbersome to operate than the marker kingpins or dynafits, but overall I liked how the skied. Felt very secure and stable. Never had a pre-release. Would recommend

      I like them

      Great so far

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Have these mounted on a pair of Dynastar Mythic 97s as a combo that can do a lot. Skied ~25 days on them during the `17-18 season and am pretty pleased so far. I feel I can drive my skis harder with more control vs. my other primary tour binding (Dynafit TLT Radical); connection to the ski just feels noticeably more grounded. Have confidence in them, no issues releasing unexpectedly. So, they ski better without a big compromise on weight. Skinning, these bindings do what's expected of them. No issues. Transitions have worked well for the most part. I can tour-to-ski while staying clipped in easily. At times I get ice/snow build-up under the toes which needs to be cleared to make a firm toe connection; this is a common issue with tour bindings and not a big deal. Same for the heal as build-up under the heal piece can cause the heal to not fully engage in tour. You'll find out soon enough when the brake pops up or the heal slides forward while skinning. Easy thing to look out for in transition but the first couple times it happened I didn't know what was wrong. Shifting the heal to/from tour mode requires a little more force than I'd like. It's a bit jarring and I wonder if that will cause materials wear/failure over time. Finally, I am not a fan of the crampon for these. Sturdy and super easy to get on and off but bulky and heavy with moving parts and no easy way to clip to a pack.
      Net-net pretty happy with these so far and would recommend to others in the market for this type of binding. 4.5 stars as my complaints are relatively minor.

      Ultra impressed

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is my very first tech binding of any kind so keep that in mind while reading this review.
      I have these mounted on a pair of 180 armada tracer 108's im 6ft 160 expert/aggressive skier.

      I've read lots over the years of no compromise AT bindings like the marker kingpin and when i saw some initial reviews of the tecton it seemed like the perfect fit for my first tech binding. I was drawn to it because of the full alpine heel, and the lateral release from the toes.

      I now have about 25-30 days in this binding and I am overall very impressed. Most of the those days are touring but I do have 5-8 days on them strictly resort riding. In fact it is the only setup I have used this year. My skiing style is a mix of aggressive playfulness. And to really put this binding through its paces I did not alter my skiing one bit. My first run I thought ok wow this feels no different to me then any alpine binding i've used. When I did my first butter 3 off a knoll and the skis were still there I thought ok I've really got something here. Fast forward a few months and dozens and dozens of cliff drops, park jumps, bumps, flat landings and close calls later and I still haven't found the limits of this binding.

      it is very easy to transition from walk mode to ski mode and vice versa. and the weight is light years ahead of my old frame bindings, but I have no basis of comparison to other tech bindings.

      My only areas of concern so far are that I broke one of the outer "posts" on the brake of one binding so it will not stay upright in walkmode without the help of a voile strap. I am not sure how or when I broke it but it hasn't caused any issues on descents. My other concern is how durable the heel piece will be over the course of a few seasons. It feels very light and is made with some sort of carbon impregnated plastic. It hasnt been an issue thus far but just something I will be monitoring over time.

      I spoke with BD about my issue with the brake housing and they indicated that the sticky vibram soles on some touring boots are causing the post to snap off the brake housing. To solve this problem they recommend using some silicon spray on the brake housing and this will prevent the vibram sole from gripping the housing and snapping the post off. They gave me a couple extra housings and sent me on my way. Excellent!

      The Holy Grail

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Picked these up and mounted these on a pair of black crow atris's. Skied about 15-20 days on them and they certainly live up to the hype. From BC booters to hitting rails this binding is a freeride skiers dream. Confidence inspiring on all terrain in any condition. I've skied this binding side by side with another artis mounted with a look pivot for a day and noticed no difference.

      Improvement on the King Pin

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I mounted these on Black Crows Corvus... the regular ones as I do not mind a little extra weight for a ski that can plow through variable snow. So far, 7 days, the binders ski great. I love having a din toe piece and the brakes actually stay up (unlike the king pin, which are super fragile). I think my bro-mance with these binders may end next season with the new Salomon binding that is coming out...but for this season these are the best skiing touring binding that will not rip your knee apart or have breaks dropping in the middle of the ski track.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review, Dan!
      Glad to hear you're loving these bindings - even more glad to hear that you actually have enough snow in your area to use them!
      Keep praying for snow and stay safe out there!!

      Your Gearhead,
      Brittni

      Easy to use and super strong

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This is my first experience with tech bindings and so far, they do not disappoint! While there are lighter bindings in the market, I don't mind the weight. I think the features of the Tecton 12s compensate for the weight of the plastic. I have these mounted to the Black Crow Camox Freebirds, so the break sticks out a tiny bit wider than I would prefer, but it's not bad.
      I've used them a few times, and at first was surprised by the how difficult it felt to switch them into walking. You have to push the heal into an upright position, and that was a bit more difficult that I had imagined. But, after watching a few videos (newb alert!) and practicing for a bit, I got that hang out it. I'm stoked on these bindings and am excited to put them through the wringer this season.

      These vs Kingpin? Can only have one set up
      This year, expecting 60/40 bc/resort use. Thanks for insights.

      Fritchi's are the way to go. Lighter and you do not have to take your toe out of the binding to switch from ski to tour mode or vice versa. Same great retention and downhill performance as the Kingpin.

      Cheers! Emily