2017-2018 Fritschi Tecton 12

Fritschi Tecton 12

Fritschi Tecton 12

DIN Release Value: 5-12

Available Brake Widths: 90, 100, 110, 120 mm

Climbing Aids: 2°, 9°, and 13°

Lateral Elasticity (Toe): 13 mm

Vertical Elasticity (Heel): 9 mm

Forward Elasticity: Yes

Stated Weight: 550 grams (without brakes)

Blister’s Measured Weight:

  • Toe pieces: 280 & 280 grams (with screws)
  • Heel pieces: 330 & 328 grams (with brake mounting pieces)
  • Brakes: 73 & 73 grams (120 mm)
  • Total Weight per Binding (with 120 mm brakes): 683 & 681 grams

MSRP: $649.99 USD

Test Locations: Canterbury, New Zealand; Arapahoe Basin & Colorado backcountry

Days Tested (so far): ~16

Intro (by Sam Shaheen and Brian Lindahl)

When you are standing on top of line and stepping into your skis, it is pretty confidence-inspiring to feel the CLUNK of the heel piece of an alpine binding snapping into place. Until this season, if you wanted that feeling while ski touring, you either had to settle for heavy and cumbersome frame bindings, opt for something like the CAST system, or you could go with the Marker Kingpin, which has been our favorite touring binding when it comes to combining uphill efficiency and downhill performance.

But this season, Fritschi has released the Tecton 12, which competes directly with the Kingpin. The Tecton is getting a lot of buzz because of its feature list that — currently — no other binding can match. The Tecton 12 has:

  • an alpine-style heel
  • a weight that’s lighter than the Kingpin 13 by nearly 100 g per binding
  • elastic travel in both the heel and toe (the Kingpin only has elastic travel in / at the heel)

We want to get more time on the Tecton 12 before offering our full review and comparisons, but we have had the Tecton 12 on snow, so we’ll offer our initial thoughts, impressions, and questions here.

Design

The Tecton 12 uses the same toe piece as the new Vipec Evo (review coming soon), which features 13 mm of lateral elastic travel and adjustable toe pins for different boot widths.

Fritschi Tecton 12 — Toe

This Evo toe piece has been updated from last year’s Vipec TUV (“Vipec “Black”) so that stepping in is easier, and Fritschi has added a small bumper that releases the toe in the event of an ‘over-the-handlebars’ fall. The lateral release in the toe already sets the Tecton apart from most other tech bindings, and we talk more about its potential safety benefits in the next section.

But then there’s also the Tecton’s heel…

The Tecton 12 heel piece shares many similarities with the Kingpin. It moves forward and back on the ski to switch from walk mode to ski mode; it has two climbing risers mounted to the front of the heel lever; and it has a plastic, alpine-style step-in mechanism (rather than metal pins).

Like the Kingpin, the Tecton heel piece holds the boot directly to a platform on the base of the binding, which means that there is a direct connection between the boot and ski rather than a floating pin interface, and the Tecton’s heel offers 9 mm of vertical elasticity.

Fritschi Tecton Heel in Walk Mode (Left) and Ski Mode (Right)

The Tecton 12 also features what Fritschi is calling “Power Rails”. These are basically protrusions of plastic that fit into the pin channels cut in the heels of tech boots, and they fill the space normally occupied by typical tech binding heel pins.

In theory, these Power Rails should increase lateral responsiveness and eliminate any play between the heel of the boot and the heel piece of the binding.

Fritschi Tecton 12 — Heel & “Power Rails”

Lateral Release at the Toe

In our review of the 16/17 Vipec, I spent quite a bit of time talking about lateral release at the toe and why it matters. So I’m not going to rehash everything here, but there are certain circumstances in which the Tecton, Vipec and alpine bindings will release, but traditional tech bindings (which release at the heel) will not. I illustrated these differences in a video in the Vipec review, so if you’re concerned about safety, I suggest you follow the link to read our coverage of this concern. The main takeaway is that I consider the Tecton and the Vipec, both with lateral release at the toe, to be safer than the other tech bindings on the market (Note: I’m ignoring the Trab TR2 binding which doesn’t have wide appeal, due to a lack of boot compatibility). We’re currently working on a deeper exploration of the release characteristics of touring bindings, so also stay tuned for that.

Measured Weight + Comparisons

For reference, here are some of our Blister Measured Weights of AT bindings:

  • Fritschi Tecton 12: 683 & 681 g (120 mm brakes)
  • Marker Kingpin 13: 774 & 775 g (75-100 mm brakes)
  • Fritschi Vipec Evo 12: 595 & 595 g (110 mm brakes)
  • Fritschi Vipec TUV 12: 589 & 591 g (95 mm brakes)
  • G3 Ion 12: 636 & 641 g (105 mm brakes)
  • Dynafit Radical 2.0 FT: 652 & 653 g (105 mm brakes)
  • Dynafit Beast 14: 831 & 833 grams (105 mm brakes)
  • Dynafit Beast 16: 957 grams (120 mm brakes)

In summary, the Tecton 12 comes in almost 100 grams lighter than the Kingpin 13, and nearly 100 grams heavier than the Vipec Evo. So if you thought the Kingpin 13 was just a bit too heavy, take note.

Mount Pattern & Crampon Compatibility

For those that have used the old Vipec TUV or Vipec Evo and are interested in the Tecton 12, you’re in luck. Fritschi uses the same mount pattern for all three bindings. This is a nice touch, and something we’d like to see across other brand product lines to avoid having to drill new holes for every new binding. Both the Vipec and Tecton are also compatible with the same ski crampons.

Setup and Boot Compatibility

Setting up the Tecton is a bit trickier than more traditional tech bindings. So if you are mounting these yourself:

  • It’s important to follow Fritschi’s instructions for adjusting the pin width to match your boot toe sockets.
  • You should check for proper forward release when in ski mode — the boot toe needs to make solid contact with the release trigger at the base of the toe lever in order for release to occur. (Note: Fritschi says that the toe piece for the Tecton and Vipec Evo will not work with Dynafit’s “shark nose” boots like the TLT7, the regular Scarpa Alien, and the Scarpa Tronic F1. It will work with the Scarpa Alien RS and standard F1).
  • It can be a bit tricky to attach the brakes to the heel unit — it requires a bit of force, so take your time.
  • Finally, once the toe unit is properly configured and tested, and the heel unit and brakes are installed, set the length adjustment such that there is a paper-thin gap between the edge of the binding heel lip and the heel of the boot.

Initial On-Snow Impressions

We still want to get more time in the Tecton 12 to put together our in-depth comparisons and conclusions, but after some initial testing, we’ve been impressed.

Like every tech binding we’ve used, the Tecton 12 goes uphill nicely, and the Tecton’s new Evo toe is easier to step into than the toes on previous iterations of the Vipec. The heel risers have been fairly easy to actuate with a ski pole so far, and switching the heel between ski and walk modes has felt smooth and solid.

In terms of downhill performance, we are currently willing to say that the Tecton 12 is at least in the same ballpark as the Kingpin 13. This is where we’ll need the most time to offer direct comparisons to other bindings, but the power transmission of the alpine-style heel of the Tecton 12 is impressive, and when combined with the added lateral release in the toe, it makes the Tecton 12 a compelling option for those looking for increased downhill performance over traditional tech bindings.

Our good friend Ally Kerr (owner of Gnomes Alpine Sports in Christchurch, New Zealand), has actually put more time on snow in the Tecton than we have so far (he’s got about 10 days), so we thought it would be worth sharing his initial impressions that he shared with us.  (Ally is 6’0” / 183 cm tall, weighs 180 lbs / 82 kg, and the Kingpin has been his go-to touring binding, for the past several years. He’s got the Tecton mounted to the 188 cm Rustler 10, and most of his days have been in the Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 boot.)

From Ally:

“The updates on the toe unit over the Vipec Black makes it even easier to line the boot up, add a slight pressure downwards at the toe and the wings/pins snap into place…

Sam Shaheen reviews the Tecton 12 for Blister Review

Ally Kerr on the Fritschi Tecton 12.

The new auto height toe bumper means less work to do in the initial setup or if you change boots. Changing from walk mode to ski mode has been seamless, with a solid lever that gets cocked into position. Climbing aids are easily accessible and flicked up or down without issue. Skiing in bounds I have hit some extremely variable snow and have had no issues with pre-release, I have felt some lateral toe movement (elastic travel) where in other pin bindings I may have released in unwanted circumstances.”

A week or two later he then added:

“I have had a few more days on the Tecton, two of them skiing inbounds, and I’m charging around with full confidence now.”

Sam Shaheen reviews the Tecton 12 for Blister Review

Ally Kerr on the Fritschi Tecton 12.

We’ve spent a lot of time skiing with Ally and comparing impressions about gear with him, so we trust him. Now we’ll just see the extent to which we agree with him….

But we feel comfortable saying this: if you want to know whether we think the Tecton 12 looks like a legit competitor to the Kingpin, our early impressions and experiences with the Tecton 12 indicate that it is.

Questions

For now, then, we’ll leave off with some of the questions we’re still most interested in answering:

(1) The Tecton 12 is composed of a lot of plastic, which is likely why it’s coming in almost 100 grams lighter than the Kingpin 13. Will this have an impact on the Tecton’s long-term durability?

(2) How does the Tecton 12 compare when skied back-to-back against the Kingpin 13? Does the Kingpin 13 still feel like it has the best-in-class power transfer that we love so much about it? Or is the Tecton 12’s just as good? Or even better?

(3) How does the downhill performance of the new Vipec Evo compare to the Tecton 12? Is it similar enough to make the weight savings of the Evo (~88 g per binding) interesting?

(4) Do the Tecton’s “Power Rails” really make a noticeable difference on snow?

(5) With elasticity in both the heel and toe, how different does the Tecton feel compared to a traditional alpine binding? Will the Tecton solve the pre-releasing issue that some other tech bindings have faced in the past?

(6) How effective is the Tecton 12 as a 50/50 binding, and how comfortable would we feel using it inbounds — and how comfortable will we feel recommending it as a 50/50 binding?

Bottom Line (For Now)

The new Fritschi Tecton 12 is definitely an intriguing product, and the Marker Kingpin now has a direct competitor in the “tech bindings with an alpine-style heel” category. The Tecton’s design incorporates our favorite aspects of the Fritschi Vipec, and adds better power transfer in the heel. Again, we’ll continue to get more time in the Tecton 12 to compile our full review, and we’ll update along the way. But so far, we’ve been impressed, and you can now check out on the next page our findings after A/B-ing the Tecton 12 and Kingpin 13.

NEXT: Update with A/B Comparisons to the Marker Kingpin 13

51 Comments

  1. Blister Member
    nyckfull October 27, 2017 Reply

    Expecting to make my first turns on these next weekend, super excited!

  2. swissiphic October 28, 2017 Reply

    What’s the stack height at heel and toe compared to other tech and frame binders. Looks kinda tall.

    • ski acro November 21, 2017 Reply

      Stack height at toe will depend on how much rockered the sole is underfoot. For the record, this is what I have measured with a Salomon MTN Lab size 26.0 shoe :
      – toe stack height at lowest point = 24 mm (including 3 mm clearance between sole and toe unit upper surface);
      – heel stack height at lowest point = 27 mm.
      The resulting ramp angle is therefore 3 mm.
      Compare that with the stack height of the Diamir Freeride Pro frame binding of about 39 mm.

    • Peter December 7, 2017 Reply

      … I am also interested if you’ve felt the skiing differently, Brian, when comparing the Tecton with the Kingpin considering the 9 mm overall difference in their height at the toe piece?
      (referring to another source Tecton’s stands 41 mm above the ski surface whereas the Kingpin’s only 32 mm)

      • Author
        Brian Lindahl December 7, 2017 Reply

        Hi Peter,

        No, I haven’t perceived the differences in stack height between the two bindings. I plan on continuing to do some back-to-back testing, however, and will be talking more about the differences in performance in the full Tecton review.

  3. Lee Lau October 29, 2017 Reply

    Swiss/G. Can’t recall front and rear stack heights. It’s in a Wildsnow review. But the delta is just 10mm so it’s more modern stack wise than the older Dynafits

  4. Jackson Keogh October 30, 2017 Reply

    After they have been tested more extensively, I would be really interested to know if any issues are revealed due to heavier snow clumping between the moving parts. For example, on the Kingpin I have found that spring snow tends to clump up between the brake platform and the carbon strip/plate, preventing the brake from being stomped down far enough to initiate its locking mechanism while in walk mode. Thanks, these are an intriguing option.

  5. Michael November 2, 2017 Reply

    I have been struggling with a variety of touring setups in the past few years. I have dynafit radical FT and have paired it with the la sportive spectre (which I didn’t like) and then to the Salomon Quest 130, and a dynafit stoke to a line sick day 110. basically I have not been able to get a setup which feels like I can get a strong turn, or have the stability closer to that of an alpine setup. I never really thought that the heel piece of the dynafit radical may be the problem, and the kingpin or the tectron might be the answer. Do you feel that this type of heel piece may be my solution to the ‘weak’ feeling of my previous touring setups which I have been blaming on the boots and skis?

    • Sam Shaheen
      Sam Shaheen November 2, 2017 Reply

      Hey Michael, the short answer is: perhaps. Each part of a setup (skis, bindings, boots) contributes to the total feel and power transfer. However, the binding is probably the most difficult to single out as most of us are used to skiing on alpine bindings that are fairly refined and all feel quite similar.

      In my opinion, touring bindings are definitely the least refined piece of the typical touring setup. Traditional tech toes offer good power transfer but suffer from a very harsh ride and inconsistent release behavior while the pins of a traditional tech heel offer next to zero torsional power transfer to the tail of the ski due to the “floating” nature of the heel and the design of the pins.

      Newer tech bindings address these issues in different ways and definitely offer considerable performance improvements over bindings like the Radical FT. The Tecton, Kingpin, Vipec Evo, Ion, and Radical 2.0 will all offer better power transfer than the old Radical. I think that poor tech bindings contribute to “weak” setups without good power transfer, especially in the tails — like driving a Ferrari on a gravel road.

      Try giving your binding an upgrade. I can’t say that switching to a Tecton or a Kingpin will certainly alleviate your issues, but it will definitely help.

  6. WimD November 16, 2017 Reply

    Any idea when the review can/will be updated with the comparison between the kingpin and the tecton? I want to buy new bindings, but it would be interesting to know if the tecton’s really are as good as the kingpins? They are a bit more expensive but lighter…

    • Sam Shaheen
      Sam Shaheen November 27, 2017 Reply

      Hey WimD, that really depends on when it starts to snow more here… We’ll want to do a thorough comparison so we’ll need to get the Tecton into a variety of conditions. Right now all we have in Colorado is windblown over scree. Stay posted!

  7. Blister Member
    tjaard December 6, 2017 Reply

    Question 4) (power rails), means you will Dremel them off one binding and compare?

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 11, 2017 Reply

      Hi Tjaard,

      No, will not be removing the power rails on one binding. We will be comparing the Tecton to a standard alpine binding.

  8. Alex December 6, 2017 Reply

    The lateral toe release is the biggest piece of this puzzle in my opinion. If it releases reliably during high speed wrecks when needed (like a fined tuned alpine binding), blown knees and lower leg spiral fractures should be a rarity – something that is all to common on traditional pin toe’d bindings.

    • Cody December 6, 2017 Reply

      I’ve been on regular vipecs and I took a fall last season in deep PNW concrete of Bachelor that really yanked one of my skis in a slow rotational manner. The binding released laterally at the toe but I was off skis for about a month. Doctor and PT guessed more force would have probably done enough damage to warrant surgery or long time PR.

  9. Blister Member
    Lukas December 7, 2017 Reply

    As an advantage of an alpine binding over the Tecton or Kingpin you mention the power transfer in the front.

    I would just like to share that Chris Davenport (said on the cripple creek backcountry podcast) that the transfer from the pins on the outside of the shoe might be more direct/powerful than the plastic tow piece of an alpine binding and that they have already tested pin binding systems for alpine racing.

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 7, 2017 Reply

      Hi Lukas,

      That is interesting information about testing pin binding systems in alpine racing.

      When I talk about power transfer, I’m talking about loading up the flex of the ski and then getting power out of the tail of the ski as the flex releases towards the end of the turn. You’re transferring power into the flex of the ski, and then the flex jets you out of the turn. This is one of the benefits that the Kingpin and Tecton provides over other tech bindings.

      Note that the differences in design from a normal tech binding is somewhat related to the lateral control over the tail of the ski as well. The Kingpin and Tecton do a better job here than traditional tech bindings, but I don’t want to talk about it just yet, as I’m still teasing out the differences in this regard between the the Kingpin and Tecton.

      It appears that you’re talking about toe-piece slop and rigidity, and how it affects putting a ski on edge. I consider this to be a different topic. Maybe we should call this ‘lateral power transfer’, and the other, ‘tail power transfer’? I’m skeptical if a pin-binding system provides anything over an alpine binding in this regard, at least to a perceivable level.

      Toe sockets and boot pins are also subject to manufacturing tolerances and wear just like alpine bindings, so it’s quite possible you have slop in that system as well, just as you would with DIN-specification tolerances and wear for the boot toe welt and the alpine binding toe wings. Granted, it’s a metal-to-metal connection in pin bindings, and plastic-to-plastic connection in alpine bindings, but I would guess that any response-delay due to the stiffness of the plastic-to-plastic connection would be imperceptible, especially when compared to response-delay introduced by tolerances and wear.

      It’s interesting to note that with adjustable-toe-height alpine bindings (such as most Salomons), you can ‘preload’ the binding toe wings onto the boot toe welt at the cost of additional friction imposed at the AFD when undergoing a lateral release. If you do this, then I would say that these alpine bindings have a significant advantage over tech bindings when it comes to response-delay related to putting a ski on edge.

      • Blister Member
        Lukas December 11, 2017 Reply

        Thank you Brian for your elaborate reply. I share your concerns.

        I don’t know what the results were of the testing Chris Davenport talked about. I haven’t seen pin bindings in alpin racing yet, so there’s that :-)

        Seems like the king-pin was just overtaken at the left from the Tecton and at the right from the Shift.

        I am riding the Kingpin on two of my skis (Salomon MTN Explore 95 and Bibby Tour) and so far the binding always released or did not release in the right moment (if you disregard my human errors :-).

  10. William December 8, 2017 Reply

    Tecton 12’s!…..Dilly Dilly!

  11. Carla December 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi
    Interesting review – thanks. We have the Nordica Enforcer 100s and looking to get the Fritschi Tecton 100mm to go with them. What crampons would you recommend for this set up? Thanks. Carla

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 14, 2017 Reply

      You’ll want to get the Fritschi crampons.

      • Carla Tonks December 15, 2017 Reply

        Thanks. The problem I’m having is knowing what size to get. Going for 100mm Tecton bindings but the Traxion crampons only seem to come in 90mm or 115mm?

        • Egk February 9, 2018 Reply

          Then you better get the 155mm crampons :)

  12. DT December 14, 2017 Reply

    Excited to see your Shootout against the Kingpins… Been on Kingpin13s since they came out w/ zero issues. Shopping for some new bindings for my QST106s (which will be 75/25 Resort/BC here in the Tetons) and it’s pretty much down to Kingpin13s again or try the Tectons. However, I’m a little leary of 1st yr Fritschi products given their track record over the years on Year 1 products, but the toe release of Tectons is intriguing…. What to do?? Is the Toe release that much better than the Heel release of KingPins?

  13. Emil December 18, 2017 Reply

    If only Fritschi would make good looking bindings… For me the design won´t influence my buying decision but the fact that they make two really nice bindings which I almost never see them on the mountain says enough. It doesn´t need to be a super flashy binding since form follows function but i just think that a lot more people would get a pair of Tecton´s or Vipec´s if they looked a bit more appealing.

  14. Peter December 21, 2017 Reply

    Hi Brian,
    100 mm or 110 mm brakes should I go for with my 106 mm under the food ski?
    I am afraid if the wider brakes will worsen the skiing performance on some firm conditions.
    Thanks
    Peter

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 21, 2017 Reply

      Hi Peter,

      With the Tecton, I have used the same brakes on both a 112 mm ski, as well as a 98 mm ski, and haven’t noticed any problems with having wider brakes on the 98 mm ski. I would cautiously suggest the 110 mm brakes. It would be best, however, to ask your local shop.

      • Blister Member
        Sami December 29, 2017 Reply

        Hi Brian,

        Just to make sure I got it right: was it the 110 mm model you used with the 112 mm ski? Did you have to bend the brake arms in order to fit it in? I have seen comments that the brakes on Tecton are fairly wide for the given size.

        • Author
          Brian Lindahl January 4, 2018 Reply

          My mistake. I have 120 mm brakes. They work well on 112 mm skis. Therefore, I’d suggest the 110 brakes for a 106 mm ski.

  15. swissiphic December 22, 2017 Reply

    Regarding the revelation of the potential for ‘boot damage’ in a forward fall while skinning….any chance you guys can post some pics detailing the sequence of consequence?

    Wonder if a simple home brew mod can mitigate the issue.

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 26, 2017 Reply

      I wouldn’t recommend modifying the binding. The design of the toe bump (that causes the damage) is critical for proper forward release when in ski mode.

      Also, I really am skeptical as to whether we’ll see this type of damage occur during correct usage patterns. One of the two examples of it occurring was a relatively contrived test to see if they could reproduce the issue. The other example of it occurring has me questioning whether or not the person was actually touring at the time (vs. skiing downhill with the lever locked out). We’ll know more as the year progresses, but it needs to be a very forceful fall for damage to a boot to actually occur.

      • Lee Lau December 26, 2017 Reply

        Brian you said:

        “I wouldn’t recommend modifying the binding. The design of the toe bump (that causes the damage) is critical for proper forward release when in ski mode.”

        The design of the toe bump allows for forward release in kneefalls when the toe lever is is in ski mode correct? If so I note that Dynafit Comfort/Vertical/Radical toes; Marker Kingpin toes; G3 Ion toes do not have a toe lever bump. I just removed the toe bump of the Tecton toe lever and will post the process and pictures. The removal is reversible and can be accomplished with standard shop tools

        “Also, I really am skeptical as to whether we’ll see this type of damage occur during correct usage patterns. One of the two examples of it occurring was a relatively contrived test to see if they could reproduce the issue. The other example of it occurring has me questioning whether or not the person was actually touring at the time (vs. skiing downhill with the lever locked out). We’ll know more as the year progresses, but it needs to be a very forceful fall for damage to a boot to actually occur.”

        You are correct that it needs to be a forcefall fall. The force needs to be approximately the body weight of a person on a knee-fall forward with the toe-lever locked out. I suspect that this use-case will be more frequent then either you or Fritschi surmise

  16. swissiphic December 22, 2017 Reply

    Regarding the issue of tech bindings toe pins closing above the sockets when stepping in; it’s a common problem i’ve experienced with almost all my ski touring boots after the rubber soles wear down at the toes after time due to lots of dryland hiking.

    The simple solution I used was to build up a little pad of shoe goo on the boot sole on the trigger area then shave it down to precisely the thickness required to step in the toepiece correctly.

    Add layers of shoe goo over time to restore thickness as required after initial repair wears down or chunks out.

    Also had issues of new boots’ sole rubber being too thick and causing the toe pins to close below the sockets…ground the rubber down with sandpaper or grinding wheel to correct thickness.

    Finally, some rubber soles had rubber that was too thick/incorrectly shaped laterally so just used a utility knife to shave it down so the lateral rubber wouldn’t ‘catch’ on the toepiece to wings.

    If it’s of any interest, I have pics of an example of the shoe goo sole repair on 600 days/use high mileage dynafit mercuries to give a visual of what i’m talking about if I could send them to you or somehow post pics in the comments section here.

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 26, 2017 Reply

      Yeah, I’ve used this technique before – using epoxy-like material to rebuild the sole to a useable height for tech-binding step-in.

  17. Øyvind December 22, 2017 Reply

    Hi!
    Will you try the Dynafit Hoji Pro tour together with the Tecton binding? Maybe want work because of the shark nose?

    I’m very interrested in the Hoji Pro tour, but if it doesn’t work with either the Tecton or the Salomon Shift it’s a shame..

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 26, 2017 Reply

      I don’t have a Hoji Pro Tour boot here to test, but when I do, I’ll be sure to test and update the review.

  18. Lee Lau December 22, 2017 Reply

    Hoji boot won’t work with Tecton. It won’t work with Shift. It won’t work with Kingpin. Just more design screwups from Dynafit

  19. David Golay December 22, 2017 Reply

    Can you elaborate a little more on the issues you saw using these with the Cochise? These sound like great bindings for me, but I’ve got Cochise Pros, and am not really looking to change those up.

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 26, 2017 Reply

      The Cochise boot has a DIN sole, which is quite a bit thinner than a rockered touring sole. As a result, the Cochise can have difficulty stepping into tech bindings. It still works, but may take a few tries more than with other boots. Cochise works very well with the Tecton (and new Vipec Evo), however, because it’s step-in design is more adaptable to different boots than other tech bindings.

      Why? Tech binding step-in is sensitive to boot sole height, since it’s the boot sole that presses on the platforms to close the toe pins into the boot toe sockets. If the boot sole is worn (or thinner) then the toe pins can close too late, and miss the boot toe sockets.

  20. Delaney December 22, 2017 Reply

    What happens when you lock the toe out when skiing down? You loose vertical release and gain 20% more toe din?

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl December 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi Delaney,

      Yes, when locking out the toe when skiing down, you lose forward (vertical) release, and the lateral toe release is elevated. We haven’t seen official figures from Fritschi as to how much the lateral release is elevated.

  21. Ivar Finnbogason January 5, 2018 Reply

    Hi

    I was not a fan of the Vipec, too hard to get into and I had to have the heal part replaced as it started travelling backwards, But after having a ACL reconstruct I am now looking for the safest possible tech binding – it looks like you would favor the Tecton for safety – would that be a right assumption?

    I don´t need a Kingpin style binding – I just need the safest binding possible as I do not feel like doing the ACL thing again.

    For other readers the ACL tear was a result of using RS Maestrale boots on Baron bindings – it was very obvious that the two did not fit together :(

    Thanks,
    Ívar

    • Author
      Brian Lindahl January 6, 2018 Reply

      Hi Ivar,

      Yes, I personally would favor the Tecton/Vipec for safety reasons. However, I haven’t seen any evidence that it would be safer in regards to ACL injuries. The only evidence I’ve seen is that it perhaps might be safer regarding ankle and tib/fib injuries.

  22. Ron January 7, 2018 Reply

    I just took a chance on these tecton’s & I’m on Van. Island BC. We get some higher temps with dense warm snow. I already broke three brakes because when I step down in touring mode it forces the snow into the brake system causing the little plastic nubs on the sides to break off & the brakes drop & won’t stay up.
    They worked well when temps were -5 C & below but not at -1 or higher.
    Also, the heels were set at 6.5 according to my weight & size. I tried them on my rug at home before I took them out. On the Mtn. they didn’t release when I wanted them to & I brought them home & put them on the rug & wound them back to 5 & they still didn’t release.
    Also, when in touring mode I recommend not locking the toe lever up if you think you might fall forward as that little nub will push the toe of your boot in so you will be taking them home to use a heat gun to pop them out again.
    If I could take the brakes of & use a leash I would but the brakes need to be installed for the heel set up.
    I’ve heard of a few touring guys new to this sport have longer steps at first thereby causing the toe nub to push in the toes of their boots & took their boots to the shop to get the toes popped out.
    I will be replacing mine to something else. Maybe Fritchie will find a way to remove the brakes or make that part in metal where the heel sits. And a release spring with less tension.

  23. Blister Member
    tjaard January 23, 2018 Reply

    Rented a BD Helio 115 with Tecton on it for a day.
    We did several runs inbounds, on powder morning (10” overnight, still snowing gently during the day). The a short tour in the backcountry.
    So I skied, Powder, chopped powder, soft moguls at slow speed and soft, messed up packed groomers.

    My Cochises (current version with the Tech fittings in the boot, not in the sole block) with the regular DIN hybrid sole worked fine.

    Stepping in was challenging for me, but got easier with practice. I would bet it would be fine if you owned it.
    Riser were very easy to use with poles, even on the first try.
    It was cold enough that the snow was dry, so the brakes went down without any problem, but I could see how that would be an issue in wet snow.
    I took a tumble in the powder and one ski released nicely. Didn’t pre-release on the groomers on moguls.

  24. Jay T January 28, 2018 Reply

    So stepping into the tecton compared to the kingpin with a Cochise boot – easier yes?

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      Brian Lindahl February 1, 2018 Reply

      Hi Jay T,

      Yes, that’s correct. The Tecton is less sensitive to boot sole thickness. The difference is even greater when considering a worn Cochise boot sole (where the rubber has degraded or is partially missing).

      • Jay T February 9, 2018 Reply

        Just mounted my Tectons and oh yeah, it’s not even close. So much easier to step into that toe piece.

  25. Todd February 13, 2018 Reply

    Has anyone had issues with the 2017/18 Tecton brakes releasing while in walk mode? Both of mine are releasing very 30 or 40 steps. If i try to use the risers both brakes release after 2 or 3 steps. Ice and snow build up is not the issue.

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    Brian Lindahl February 14, 2018 Reply

    Hi Todd,

    I haven’t had issues with the brakes releasing in walk mode. However, I have had problems over the last 2 weeks with snow packing into the brake system and the brakes failing to deploy in ski mode when I remove my boot.

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