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Fritschi Vipec 12 TUV Binding

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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 Vipec 12 provides lightweight touring functionality and maximum power transmission, now with TUV certification. READ MORE
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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 Vipec 12 provides lightweight touring functionality and maximum power transmission, now with TUV certification. Learn More


Even better and easier to use than the original, the third-generation Vipec 12 builds on the success of the world’s first binding to combine the lightweight functionality of a tech binding with the predetermined safety release of an alpine binding. Now with TUV certification, the binding adds a level of reliabilty. Extremely lightweight, rigid and easy to switch between walk and ski modes, this model features improved step-in and step-out performance and a new, more secure toe-pin adjustment system. The Vipec’s predefined safety release comes thanks to a gliding heel piece that allows for active length compensation. The heel piece’s 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.
  • TUV Certified
  • Safety Tech System features a defined front lateral release in both ski and walk mode for skiing and avalanche safety
  • Integrated dynamic range in both heel and toe ensures predictable release
  • Easy Switch heel and toe allow changes between ski and walk mode without stepping out of the binding
  • Three-level heel riser
  • Brakes included
  • Micro-adjustable width wings help compatibility with any model tech insert

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :   [L, with brake] 1090 g (2 lb 6 oz)


The key to the Vipec 12’s defined safety release is Fritischi’s Safety Pin System, which employs a gliding heel piece to allow for active length compensation when the ski is flexed. By maintaining a consistent contact pressure, the Safety Pin System delivers reliable, pre-defined release when the boot/binding interface exceeds its dynamic range.

Fritschi Vipec 12 TUV Binding is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, easy to use, ski's great I've had each generation of this binding, and it has come a long way. I just returned from a Denali expedition with these bindings and the Helios 105 ski and was super happy with the setup. The bindings are easy to step into, and easy to switch from ski to tour mode. I hauled a big pack and sled, really testing the strength of the heel riser and had no problems with a crushing load. When skiing down, while others had to lock out their toe pieces in fear of loosing a ski in challenging snow conditions with a heavy pack, I was glad to be on a releasable binding and had no problems. I put these bindings through a pretty good test and am totally happy with them.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great improvement on the original Vipec I have a pair of original Vipec's on some BC skis that paid for themselves maybe the 6th time I used them. They released after I hit a buried staub, which would have blown out my MCL and likely ACL. These Vipecs, after 1 day BC and two days carving big ol GS turns at a decent resort on Blues with a friend's kids that wanted some pointers, seem a might bit better. I had them professionally mounted, and the ft/lbs on all release settings were spot on. Entry was easier, and they did not pre-release (as they shouldn't with what I was skiing) and energy transfer felt great, again pulling GS turns. Nice!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Your Ordinary Tech Binding It's obvious that a lot of thought went into this binding. It's a very advanced design, using modern materials - at first the lack of forged aluminum might cause concern, bit they picked the right material for the job, light and tough. I paired them with the BD Helios 105, I'm not sure if it's the ski or the binding but there's a lot of precision and effective transfer of intention there. I really like the release system, it mimics a standard alpine binding in toe and heel release. In fact I took a nasty wipe out and just as I felt like my knees were getting tweaked the toe released on both bindings - I'm not sure a standard tech binding would've done that.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Touring Binding I love these bindings. They are lightweight and durable. I used these bindings last season touring once or twice a week in the cottonwood canyons. I also skied once or twice a week in resort with them. Pros: Lightweight, Durable, Great Power transfer even on ice and hardpack, easy to use, release when necessary Cons: I did have a few problems on spring melt freeze tours. When locked out in the tour mode and trying to stay on my edge the binding released from my boot. This was not an isolated incident and happened fairly frequently. The problem was manageable, but a slight annoyance. Overall, I love this binding and would recommend it to anyone looking for a lightweight touring binding.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, easy to use binding The toe guides work well, and make these bindings easy to step into, even with an ice covered sole. The ability to switch between tour and ski mode without getting out of the binding is really, really nice (can't imagine living without that). They feel really really solid when skiing. They didn't ever pop out unexpectedly. Skiing with the heel released won't break the binding, which is good for peace of mind (I snapped my Freerides doing this). Mildly annoying: The heel has a difficult time switching into ski mode when icy. It is normally possible to whack it into place with a pole, but I needed to pull with my hand to get enough force, and then the brakes didn't engage. I couldn't figure out what part of the system was stuck.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy transitions After some very sketchy transitions last year using Dynafit bindings, I am happy I switched to the Fritschi's. Donning my skis in the same steeep and narrow chutes was much less stressful using these bindings. I like the easy heal release as opposed to having to unmount the toes in order to transition.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the future of all bindings (not racing) Mounted this 3rd gen Vipec 12 on a pair of DPS Wailer 112 for about 20 days of skiing. Solid performer. No problem with high speed carving on groomed runs and lots of moguls (Heavenly's Little Dipper and Northstar's Rapids). It does release when you need it to do so. No pre-release. Only complain for me is that during aggressive and tight turn (usually mogul), sometimes the upper ski may accidently cross and pressed the heel latch of lower foot causing me to go tele-marking unexpectedly. Of course, most of people don't mogul with this combination. I don't think it's an issue. Transition between ski to walk mode is geniusly easy. Back from walk mode to ski mode is a little bit harder to master, but non-issue especially when one doesn't need to take off the skis. If temperature is cold, the toe piece can get frozen so that it's harder to open up if I want to get out. People complained that in the previous Gen 1 and 2, getting in was a problem, not with this Gen 3. Very easy.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fist tech experience This set of bindings is my first set of tech compatible bindings. While they are not designed for lift-serve use, they have spent a few days spinning laps on east coast hard pack, with no problems whatsoever. They tour like feathers, and handle varied conditions very well. I have had no problems with learning how to get my toe in quickly, as well as switching to tour mode and back on the few occasions I have used them as intended. So far, so good. I can't wait use them on the long approaches of the Adirondack backcountry.
Date published: 2017-01-25
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