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Fritschi Vipec EVO 12 Bindings
You know how to cover some serious distance in the backcountry, but you're not about to slog through a long sufferfest for a subpar descent. Lightweight on the skintrack and reliable when you're crushing steep lines in the alpine, the Fritschi Vipec Evo 12 is the ultimate weapon of choice for tackling big objectives and ripping them to shreds on the way down.
The heel-locking lever gives you the confidence and security you need to crush the lines you just battled your way up, while a front lateral release provides reliable release values in both ski and walk mode for added safety when you're skiing or get caught in a slide while skinning. Weighing in at just over a pound per binding, the Vipec EVOs keep it light on the skintrack, while a three-level heel riser accommodates changing slope angles as you skin across flat meadows, mellow aprons, and steep headwalls.
- A tech binding for solid uphill and downhill performance
- Heel-locking lever for added security on the descent
- Front lateral release in ski and walk mode for added safety
- Three-level heel riser adapts to changing skintracks
- Easy step-in for quick entry in the binding
- Item #BLD00PU
- Release Rating
- Boot Compatibility
- Brake Width
- 100mm, 110mm, 120mm
- Brakes Included
- Safety Features
- front lateral release, heel-locking lever
- Heel Elevators
- Claimed Weight
- [pair, without brakes] 2lb 2oz
- Recommended Use
- backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
What do you think about this product?
May 10, 2019
Fritschi is king
- I've put it through the wringer
Been on these all season now skiing in and out of bounds, probably about 20 days in the northeast and 4 days in central CO. I won't list out the specific conditions I used them for, pretty much everything a decent skier would do I guess. I don't think I would buy any other touring binding besides these or the Tectons because they leave me wanting for nothing. First of all they ski just plain great. The effect of having the lateral release occur at the toe instead of the heel is huge. In high pressure turns you feel rooted into the ski in a way you would only get from a tech binding with a rotating heel piece if you had the RV jacked up higher than it ought to be, or the toe piece locked. Obviously they still felt fairly harsh through vertically variable terrain, as would any tech binding that uses the two metal rods to secure the heel vertically. For that reason I could see myself buying a pair of Tectons in the future. But I will definitely be keeping the Vipecs on my Fischer Transalp 88s as long as I'm skiing them. As for safety, I can vouch for their release reliability. Using a touring binding that skied so good just got me doing crazy stuff, and I fell a lot. They released when I thought they were supposed to several times and I just kept going with my day. A lot of reviewers seem to critique these bindings for their ease of use, and I guess I agree but honestly I don't really care. I'm totally willing to put up with the fiddliness of the toe piece in exchange for what I get out of it. It's a learned technique anyway and I have gotten better at using it. One really neat and unique thing you can do with this binding is that you can put the heel piece in walk mode without unclipping the toe piece. I've even tried this while still in motion (slowly) and transitioning from alpine skating to Nordic skating. Very fun! Yeah there's a lot of plastic on this binding, and sure it's not exactly confidence inspiring at first, but I try to be nice to my gear and I've had no durability problems. The only way I could really see something breaking is if you stomped on the heel risers as hard as you could repeatedly, and maybe you could do it in. If you're someone who really pounds those suckers hard and you just can't help it, consider the Tecton instead which has metal risers that seem to clasp the heel piece a little more firmly.
April 3, 2019
Awesome Back Country / Touring Binding
- I've put it through the wringer
Use: Extensive back country touring/skiing and Colorado hut trips. Fair amount of steeper tree skiing. Also a fair amount of in-bounds resort skiing including lots of moguls. Set-up: Voile HyperVector BC (126-94-111) skis with scales. Scarpa Maestale boots. I've used these bindings in all kinds of snow conditions and am very, very pleased with them across the board. Favorite things: -- They have released when need, and have never had any un-expected releases. -- I love the ability to easily change to/from walk mode and ski mode without having to get out of the skis. However, I did get a pair of Voile touring poles that have a special attachment on one pole to assist going from walk to ski mode. -- The combination of these bindings (with easy mode transitions) and skis with scales has been a game changer for my back-country experience. -- Quick and easy toe step-in. No issues under any snow conditions, however I am careful to make sure there is no snow build-up before stepping in. -- I like the Fritschi crampons that are available for this binding. They are more effective than any other ski crampon i have previously used - however, they are heavier. -- The bindings are very light given their functionality The only thing I don't like is the extensive use of plastic. I would prefer a metal product for greater reliability.
February 11, 2019
Pretty Solid Touring Binding
- I've put it through the wringer
I have used these bindings for a season and they are a great AT binding. Sometimes you need to give extra effort to ensure the heel sliding mechanism is locked into ski mode. I have had it pop out into walk mode several times while skiing. I believe this is from ice/snow buildup in the heel. The same goes for the toes, with buildup. Be sure to clean them off/beat the snow ice off before locking in for downhill. No issues for releasing when needed. Very glad it has to the toe release to prevent knee injury.
January 7, 2019
Awesome Tech Binding
- I've put it through the wringer
Ive skied on these bindings the past two seasons and havent had any issues with them. They keep me secured well as I ski really tough terrain but are also really good at releasing when necessary during a crash. My dad has had one of his risers break, but Black Diamond replaced it super quickly.
January 26, 2018
Can't recommend unless its updated
- I've used it several times
So first off I have last years model, not the EVO; but according to BD the toe piece is the same... Overall I like/liked these bindings as they ski great downhill and don't weigh you down too much uphill (I have them mounted on DPS W106 in Alchemist so it's a downhill oriented setup). I purchased these over a second set of Dynafit Radicals for two reasons: 1- they were a lot cheaper and 2- I'm not a huge fan of the rotating heel on Dynafits and the backwards moving piece of the Vipec's seemed more up my alley. It turns out I do like the heel quite a bit more but its more convenience to me rather than performance. That being said... I've had issues with both toe pieces failing to lock in the 'step-in' or what I call 'open' mode. The pins will only stay open for you to put your boot in if you apply pressure on the switch with your pole, other boot, etc. This is annoying, especially in fresh snow. I've also had issues with one failing to stay in 'walk' mode as well. I've called BD and they sent me one new toe piece when the first one went but now it's just getting annoying, especially since they ship from Switzerland and it takes awhile. Then they told me this tends to happen when the skis are stored in 'step-in' mode; but like c'mon man why should I worry about storing an AT setup with the pins closed??... hasn't been a problem with the Dynafits. Bottom line, I wish I'd stayed with Dynafit or tried the G3 ION. I would not buy these bindings until the toe is updated. It's a shame because I really do like the mechanism in the heel. Only reason I'm going 3 star instead of 2 or 1 is because I had my local shop test the release and it is still safe in 'ski' mode which is obviously the main thing I was worried about. Update: So not sure who I talked with at BD originally for my warranty but the toe piece is updated with a stronger spring. Also, they sent me two new pieces for free so I'm guessing I wasn't the only one with this issue. The guy who mounted them for me said as soon as he took the second one off the same spring broke so it was only a matter of time. I have not skied the new toe pieces yet but they are basically just a beefier looking version, weight difference was negligible. Just be wary and try to talk with someone who knows the bindings, I guess its a weird situation and BD is only the US retailer and not the original maker or something, not sure on the details.
November 26, 2018
I’ve had both last version and the current evo And the toe piece has been updated. BD and fritschi clearly state this.
December 28, 2017
Bindings are Great - BUT BEWARE
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Jesse December 28, 2017 I paired these Vipec EVO 12 bindings with the new Scarpa F1. FAIR WARNING !!! I'm not sure it's such a great combination. There is a plastic bumper on the toe piece of the binding for forward release mechanism and on a fairly low DIN setting of 6.5 the toe box of my boot flexed quite a bit testing out the release mechanism (upon first mounting bindings). I got out in the woods and during a hike up a steep section lost my traction and fell foward, knees to skis pretty much. I was in walk mode so the forward release mechanism resistance was increased and the release bumper literally stoved the toe box of my boot in; Pretty much an acorn sized indent which was crushing my toes. I was unable to pop the dent back out and had to ride out of the woods like this. Tossing them under the car heater on the way home the toe box returned to its original shape. These boots are listed by many sites as compatible with these bindings. Now I'm debating whether to modify the toe box and add a piece of high impact UHMW plastic, or sell the boots and try a different pair. I really like the release mechanism and overall function of the Vipec EVO 12 binding and would like to keep em.
April 5, 2018
Same thing happened to me! First time out on new boots and bindings, and the toe box of my boots completely collapsed. I wasn't so lucky and my boots never did return completely to their original shape. I also had an issue with a piece of plastic in the heal breaking, causing the brake to no longer stay up while in ski mode. I took them to a dealer and was told it was a known issue and they were fixed for free. Overall, they are nice bindings, but beware that there seems to be a few known issues that need to be worked out.
November 30, 2020
Is it realistic to transition from skin to skin mode with these like one can easily do with a Dynafit Radical or similar?