Black Diamond Fritschi Vipec Evo Touring Binding
Engineered and built in Switzerland, Fritschi Bindings have been innovators for years. The Vipec is arguably the most safety conscious tech binding out there with adjustable lateral release in the toe. The toe wings in the Vipec Evo have both lateral travel and individual releasability to protect the knees during twisting falls. Early renditions of the Vipec toe, while safe, were a pain in the neck to get in to. The Vipec is even easier to get in to with the new Evo model's Solid Step in bump and trigger. The toe wings can also be micro adjusted to specific touring boots. Yep, that's a lot of tech talk for one toe piece.
The heel also has some clever innovations. The Vipec has the only tech heel unit that can be changed from walk to ski and back without removing the ski. While we're still waiting to see the yoga expert efficiently put their skin on with the ski on the boot, this feature is handy for skin-on skiing on quick techy downhills during an ascent. The heel includes multiple brake options and 3 climbing aides. Distributed here in North America by Black Diamond, you get the robust customer service to go along with the techy Swiss binding.
The Vipec Evo is an excellent feature loaded all mountain touring option with unparalleled safety. Great for those who will use their setup on the resort or with prior knee injuries.