Black Diamond Equipment
Fritschi Vipec Evo 12 Binding
The latest evolution of the revolutionary Vipec binding, the Vipec Evo 12 features the same pre-defined safety release and lightweight touring functionality, with a new and improved step-in for smooth handling and easy in-and-out. READ MORE
The latest evolution of the revolutionary Vipec binding, the Vipec Evo 12 features the same pre-defined safety release and lightweight touring functionality, with a new and improved step-in for smooth handling and easy in-and-out. Learn More
DescriptionWith an improved step-in function that makes for even smoother in-and-out, the new Vipec Evo 12 still includes the hallmarks of the original: a pre-defined safety release in the front, easy switch toe, and an ultra-light construction. The mechanics have been retooled and improved for better handling in variable terrain. Nimble for the uphill and burly for the downhill, the Vipec Evo 12 is perfect for the dedicated backcountry skier who values lightweight, yet reliable equipment.
- Defined lateral front release with DIN setting and 13mm of elasticity works in both ski and walk mode for skiing and avalanche safety
- Improved step-in function
- Easy switch toe
- Solid, non-turning heel
- Static, heel-locking lever for added security and safety
- Three level heel riser
- Brakes included
- Micro-adjustable width wings help compatibility with any model tech insert
Weight : [without brakes] 500 g (1 lb 2 oz)
DIN: 5-12 Ski Width: >70mm
Fritschi Vipec Evo 12 Binding is rated out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by strom from Bomber Tech Binding! I have been skiing these now for two seasons and these tech bindings are amazing. They perform at the same level as my alpine bindings I use in bounds. I weigh 200lbs and with gear (not skis) probably come in at around 215lbs. I have skied these hard and they stay on really well. I have had a number of tech bindings over the years and was found that some of the older generations did not stay on when things got intense. In fact, we used to lock them in to walking mode (a bad idea to protect your knees but necessary) to help keep them on your feet in tight, steep locations. I would not hesitate to put these on any skis, inbounds or out of bounds. I have skied for many years, taught as a ski instructor and ski 30+ days a year both inbounds and out of bounds.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by Joseph from Good binding but too much plastic I had the same problem as another reviewer, in that my heel riser broke after only 3 uses. I am only 150 lbs, and used it lightly the day it broke. It was pretty cold however, like around 5 F. I took my ski into BD to have them replace the part. I'm lucky to live close to the BD shop. I would be supper bummed if I had to send in the ski to have the binding fixed. I like the overall design and usability, but I am disappointed in the performance based on the cost. It they has less plastic and more metal they would be killer.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by jburningham from Efficient, simple and reliable. I spent 6 years on the Eagle Pros and just purchased these as an upgrade after spending the last couple of years researching and observing different types of tech bindings. Though I don't have a ton of experience with other tech bindings in terms of feel on the up or down, I did decide on the Vipec for it's simplistic use and design. I don't like the swivel style heel pieces on other brands, so the sliding heel is great on this one. I will say that I have skied with several folks who had the original Vipec and they all struggled with the toe piece and ease of entry on the binding. Whatever was done to adjust these issues with the new EVO has the problem solved as I have no complaints at all. Additionally, the risers give ample lift at the right intervals. These are light on the up, and give lots of control on the down - from my perspective the perfect balance in a binding for backcountry skiing (great in-bounds as well).
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by moose from Lightweight + DIN I was trying to lighten up my touring setup this year, but wanted to keep the safety measure on the bindings high. I love the fact that these bindings do both - they are light enough and have DIN. Clicking in is super easy (I've heard the old models were tricky), and I haven't had any pre-release issues.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by Luc514 from Easy step-in! Easier to step in than the VIPEC 12! great lightweight binding, easy operation for skinning and locking down the heel. The DIN front release is re-assurance when you start pushing into the unknown.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by Hutash from Too much plastic These ski very well, almost but not quite alpine binding like. Unfortunately there is too much plastic and the high heel riser broke the first time using it. The guide I was skiing with has seen many sets of these break. They are also very fiddly to enter and exit, supposedly even worse in really cold temps. The plastic makes them light, but not dependable.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jeremy from Well designed! I started using these the past week and have a few days in already. I am really impressed with the ease of use, functionality and simplicity. The DIN setting is a huge plus.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by Murf from Love this binding Super easy to step in - easy to go into tour mode - light weight. A convert after many years in a different tech binding.
Date published: 2017-11-23