Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12

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Built for rugged ski mountaineering ascents and bomber freeride descents, the Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 Binding is an evolution of the world's first alpine touring binding to combine the lightweight pin system of a tech binding with the standardized safety release capabilities of an alpine binding. The result is a binding that provides both lightweight touring functionality and maximum alpine-style power transmission. The Vipec easily switches between walk and ski modes without the need to step out of the binding, and its toe piece features micro-adjustable width wings to accommodate the wide variety of tech insert styles on the market.A favorite of avalanche professionals, the Vipec features a two-stage heel riser, allowing for three different easily adjustable configurations depending on the grade of terrain. This binding's pre-defined safety release capabilities utilize a gliding heel piece with dynamic travel for consistent contact pressure and reliable release. Lateral, frontal, and defined release capable, the Vipec is built to be powerfully stable while still providing a safe ride.

- Backcountry.com

Simpler to use than the original version, the new Vipec 12 builds on the success of the first backcountry binding to combine low weight of a tech binding with DIN safety release of an alpine binding.

- 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

As the world's first touring binding to combine the lightweight pin system of a tech binding with the pre-defined safety release of an alpine binding, the Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 AT binding offers lightweight touring functionality and maximum power transmission.Winner of Outside magazine's 2014 SIA Gear of the Show award and Skiing magazine's 2014 SIA Hot Gear award.This product will be shipped directly from Black Diamond and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.

- EMS

For lightweight touring and power transmission, the Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 AT Tech Bindings from Black Diamond are a combination of a lightweight pin system and pre-defined safety release. Black Diamond The Diamir VIPEC 12 tech binding is the first toe-release and easy switch: a different league of safety and comfort| Compatible with all popular ski touring boots with corresponding inserts. Swiss Innovation: Fritschi's roots are in the mountains with their breathtaking peaks and valleys, rough and rugged, peaceful and lovely. This is where Fritschi is when they are not at work, outside, on skis, living their dream. This is the world where ideas are born from which Black Diamond ultimately develop patented inventions to build a solid foundation for innovative products. Swiss Engineering: At the foot of Blumlisalp, one of the most striking Alpine peaks in the Alps, a team of professional engineers and technicians works tirelessly with deep commitment and attention to detail on the development of technical innovations. Drawing from their own extensive know-how, they create unusual, perfectly designed products of excellence. All components are made in Switzerland of high-tech synthetic materials and top-of-the-line light metals by Black Diamond's specialized suppliers. Advantages compared to conventional pin bindings: Safety release in uphill mode; Easiest to switch from walk mode to downhill mode; Easiest adjustment of walk mode levels; Maximum power transmission, including in the heel; Crampons with adjustable penetration depth. As a result of the broad support and maximum stability of the system, the power is transmitted very directly from the boot to the ski. The optimally selected arrangement of the mounting screws for the torsion-resistant toe housing provides extensive support to the system. The precision with which the stable heel housing is controlled on a torsion-resistant plate mounted directly on the ski also achieves maximum power transmission in the heel part (without rotation, unlike other systems). Trendsetting SAFETY PIN TECH: Similar to modern release systems of alpine bindings, lateral release is based on automatic toe release and performs In terms of user comfort of pin bindings, the Vipec 12 binding with the Easy Switch Concept is playing in a different league. Broad support and maximum system stability ensure direct power transmission. A sophisticated mechanism in the crampon also achieves the seemingly impossible with a consistent traction depth in all walk mode levels. 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. This is an important safety feature, especially in uneven terrain. To step in, set the Easy Switch Toe to the STEP IN position and the Easy Switch Heel to the SKI position. Simply move the tip of the boot forward over the step-in bracket in the toe unit and engage the toe pin units. The Easy Switch Toe is automatically set to the downhill position. Then engage the boot with the heel insert via the heel pins. With a ski pole, the Easy Switch Toe can be conveniently set to the step-in position (bottom). The toe pin units will open and release the boot. With a ski pole, the Easy Switch Toe and the Easy Switch Heel it is very easy to switch between downhill and uphill mode. The system can be set to the uphill mode in two easy steps:. 1. With the Easy Switch Toe in the WALK position, the tip of the boot is additionally stabilized laterally in the toe unit. 2. With the Easy Switch Heel in the WALK position the heel is released to allow walking. It doesn't get any easier. Lift the boot slightly above the heel pins, set the Easy Switch Heel to the SKI position and engage the boot with the heel insert via the heel pins. Then set the Easy Switch Toe to the SKI position. Go faster and lighter, stay safer and ski more powder with the Diamir Fritschi Vipec Bindings!. Medium-95mm Brake, Large-108mm Brake, XL-120mm Brake. DIN 5-12. Ski width > 67mm. Weight 470 g / unit without ski brake. Free heel - no moving weight in uphill mode. Light weight. Lower standing position. Two binding systems - one brand. Available Color(s): Black/White

- Tahoe Mountain Sports