Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12

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As the first alpine touring binding to fuse the lightweight performance of a tech binding with the pre-defined release benefits of an alpine binding, the Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 is truly the best of both worlds. The Vipecs predefined safety release comes thanks to a gliding heel piece that allows for active length compensation. The heel pieces dynamic travel allows for consistent contact pressure and reliable release as the ski flexes. This system makes for a binding that is not only lightweight and streamlined, but provides increased ease of use and safety. The two-stage heel riser allows for three different configurations and easily switches for variable terrain. Micro-adjustable width wings in the toe piece accommodate the variety of tech insert styles on the market.

- CampSaver.com

Built for tough mountaineering challenges and long backcountry tours, the powerful Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 Randonee Bindings with Brakes balance ski performance, ease of use and reliable release.

- REI

A tech binding with lateral toe travel! The long-awaited Fritschi Diamir 12 binding has a lateral toe release, allowing the skier to stomp landings and chatter on ice with confidence that their bindings won't pre-release, or not release, in dire circumstances. This elasticity, in a light AT binding, is the big deal with this new AT binding from Fritschi. The Vipec (vi sounds like eye) also changes from ski to walk mode without the need to remove skis the rear piece allows full ski flex without affecting the boot/bonding interface, and it has a RV (release value) of 12. There is a lock-out mode, at the toe (so the ski stays on whilst skinning, but will still release if you got caught in an up-track avalanche. Weight is around a pound per binding (470g per binding) which is, roughly, in the range of a Dynafit Radical and far lighter than Fritchi or Marker plate bindings.-- Unique adjustable front pins can accommodate problematic boots. Improved durability for fall 2014-- Toe release occurs when the toe pin unit slides-out laterally releasing the boot toe -- 14mm lateral travel in toe piece-- Zero tech gap, at the heel, and no need for a spacer -- Defined release even if the ski is flexed-- Three climbing bar modes

- OMCgear

Light comfortable and safe from peak to peak With its defined safety release the Diamir Vipec 12 has introduced a new era of pin binding systems innovative technology offering an incredible combination of safety user comfort and power transmissionFeatures Toe unit Similar to modern release systems of alpine bindings the lateral release in the toe unit occurs in two phases Swivel unit toe pins In a first phase the carriage with the toe pin unit slides laterally In a second phase the respective toe pin unit swivels out laterally to release the bootAfter the release the toe pin unit can easily be reset by hand to its original position Integrated dynamic range Similar to the Diamir SAFETY ALUBAR SYSTEM the SAFETY PIN SYSTEM also includes a dynamic range The boot is not released until the dynamic range of 11 mm and the preset restoring force have been exceeded As a result the binding will only release when absolutely necessary Automatic heel release unit The frontal safety release is triggered by the lateral swiveling of the heel pin units located in the heel housing After exceeding a dynamic range of 4 mm and the preset restoring force the heel pin units slide over the restraining wedges of the heel insert in the boot to release it Toe unit The boot is then tilted forward via the front pins pushing the Easy Switch Toe downward This will also open the front of the system and release the boot Active length compensation the key to defined release To ensure a defined release by the release mechanisms in any skiing situation the contact pressure of the boot must remain constant at all timesIn the SAFETY PIN SYSTEM a consistent contact pressure is ensured even when the ski is significantly bent by the active length compensation through the sliding back and forth of the heel unit on a guiding plateConventional pin bindings are not provided with length compensation within the binding system Instead when the binding is mounted and adjusted to the length of the boot a small gap is provided between the gripping edge of the boot and the heel part of the binding This is why the boot is jammed between toe and heel parts when the ski is significantly bent and as a result a defined release is made impossible

- Bentgate.com