Super Light Weight Ski Touring Bindings With Brake Option And Solid Boot Hold
Weight: 0.56 KG per pair (without brakes) 0.65 KG per pair (with brakes)
Release Value Range: 4 - 10
Brake Widths: 85mm, 95mm, 105mm
Heel adjustment range: 25mm
Climbing positions: 2
Brand new from Fritschi for the 2020 season, the Xenic 10 fills the super light weight binding gap in the Fritschi range.
At only 650gms per pair with ski brake, they are indeed light weight! Not just another Dynafit copy though, Fritschi have engineered a completely new toe piece design in which the front pin wings move in and out laterally. This makes step in easy and snappy, gives some lateral elasticity when skiing and crucially stops big vertical loads at the toe from causing unwanted pre releases at the toe. This in turn means that you don't need to lock out the toe when skiing avoiding the chance of a nasty accident.
The heel pins rotate which makes step in easier and importantly massively reduces the wear to the heel pin fittings on the boot, this can dramatically affect the vertical boot hold and safety release and is a common problem amongst other lightweight ski touring bindings which use the simple U spring as heel pins.
The whole heel piece is sprung fore / aft which provides length compensation, maintaining forward release values and allowing the ski to flex naturally.
The climbing position works as a handle to help rotate the heel tower to enter touring mode, once turned through 180dgs you can clip in and the boot heel will lock the ski brake away. There are only 2 climbing positions, flat and raised (64mm) with the raised position feeling at a good height for most terrain, not too high and not too low.
The release range begins a 4 which is great for people who need lower settings and goes up to 10, this is plenty for most people and for the type of ski and skiing that the Xenic 10 is designed for. The vertical heel release is also on the same range, this is nice as many of the super light bindings have pre defined and fixed vertical releases which can be an issue if you fall between the fixed options.
We had a pair of the test bindings and got 10 days out on them in the Tyrol, they were generally good, I had no issues with pre release and had 1 release which was needed when skiing around in a white out. When touring they feel good, light and reliable. I didn't miss having a higher climbing position. They skied well, not as powerful as bindings like the Tecton and Kingpin M-Werks as you would expect but perfectly well for the 95mm skis they were mounted on.
All in I think the Xenic 10 are a good lightweight ski touring binding which offer good functionality and safety at a very respectable price. As with all new bindings, time will tell how they perform and last when they get out there on peoples feet.
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