Fritschi Tecton 12 2022

Fritschi Tecton 12 2022

Powerfull Pin Tech Touring Bindings With Lateral Toe Release 1.3KG per pair


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Powerful Freeride / Free Touring Binidngs With Adjustable Lateral Toe Release and Alpine Style Heel

Weight: 1.2 KG per pair
Release value range: 5 to 12
Lateral toe release, vertical heel release
adjustment range 25mm
ski brakes: 80mm, 90mm, 100mm, 110mm

The Tecton 12 is the most powerful binding in Fritschi's range and is aimed at Freeriders and ski tourers wanting the best in ski performance and safety without compromising the weight.

With the Tecton 12, Fritschi have designed an alpine binding style heel piece which gives rock solid ski performance and better boot retention and safety release characteristics (improved elasticity) than the pin tech heel attachment.


Carbon fiber-reinforced high tech plastics are used for the front and heel housing which is a new feature on the 2022 model of the Tecton 12. This gives the binding more durability than previously.

Featuring the same redesigned toe piece as the Vipec Evo 12, the Tecton 12 is much easier to use stepping in than previous Vipec models and they are now amongst the easiest to use pin tech bindings out there. They are also compatible with more boot models and no longer require the colour clip changes for different boot sizes and models.

With a weight of 1.3KG per pair the Tecton 12 are as light as many other fully featured pin tech ski touring bindings, their USP is the adjustable lateral toe release (adjustable 5 - 12) with 13mm of elasticity which is designed to give the skier the same safety releases and boot retention properties found on Alpine bindings.

The fact that the lateral release is at the toe also means that the heel isn't required to rotate as it is in almost all other pin tech binding systems, this means that you get excellent ski control with very little loss of power.

As with other pin tech bndings, the Tecton 12 feature a low stand height (height from the deck of the ski to the boot), when compared to frame touring bindings, making them feel stable in chopped up snow. As with the related model the Vipec, the Tecton 12 heel piece is sprung allowing it to move back when the ski flexes which makes for a lively, smooth feel and really brings out the best of your skis.

Phil from Backcountry UK got hold of a demo pair and spent 9 days on them in the Ecrin and Queyras in April 2016:

"After 9 days of touring and 2 days Freeride I have had a chance to get a good feel for the Tecton 12 bindings. The first thing I noticed is the dramatic improvement to the ease with which you can step in to the new toe piece design. I could get clipped in first time even on steep slopes and deep snow, this is a huge improvement to the ease of use of these bindings. Once the toe is in you stamp down on the heel and the Tecton heel assembly feels rock solid. There is no play in the binding heel piece and you can really feel the difference when skiing, these feel to me just like the most solid alpine bindings I've used, very impressive for a tech binding. I particularly like the twin rails in the 'power cup' heel piece which engage with the heel tech fitting slots on the back of the boots. Having the elastic range in the heel piece helps make the Tecton feel a bit smoother when you're hammering down difficult terrain.

The touring functions work fine, the heel lever pulls upright which frees the boot heel and locks the brakes away, this is easy to do and most importantly it is impossible to get the heel lever position wrong which has lead to people jumping into 'telemark mode' whilst skiing on some of the early models. The toe pivot feels great as you would expect from pin tech and there was no problems with pre release whilst skinning.

All in, the Tecton 12 2022 is a real game changer for people wanting to ski hard or on wide skis whilst they are touring without sacrificing safety or weight. A superb binding!"


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