Black Diamond Equipment
Fritschi Tecton 12 Binding
Combining the tech-style toe unit of the Vipec bindings that feature a pre-defined lateral safety release, with the added benefits of an innovative heel-locking lever, the Tecton 12 provides ample power transmission with an emphasis on safety. READ MORE
Combining the tech-style toe unit of the Vipec bindings that feature a pre-defined lateral safety release, with the added benefits of an innovative heel-locking lever, the Tecton 12 provides ample power transmission with an emphasis on safety. Learn More
DescriptionCombining the best of both worlds, the Tecton is a lightweight touring binding that performs like an alpine binding on the downhill. By utilizing the pin toe unit of the Vipec bindings, the Tecton remains nimble for the uphill. However, once it’s time to rip skins and charge, the Tecton’s innovative heel-locking lever provides the serious power transfer and security you’d normally reserve for a heavier binding, while also providing a solid connection from boot to binding to ski. The Tecton also features a lateral safety release that allows it to be set for specific release forces, which adds safety to your backcountry excursions. The easy step-in and the intuitive control provide security, especially in challenging terrain. The right mix of light high-tech synthetics and high-quality metal alloys provides superior stability at a low weight.
- Alpine heel with Power Rail
- Defined lateral release in the toe with DIN setting and 13mm of elasticity works in both ski and walk mode for skiing and avalanche safety
- Frontal release at the heel with 9mm of elasticity
- Improved step-in function for easy in-and-out
- Easy switch toe
- 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] 550 g (1 lb 3 oz)
DIN: 5-12 Ski Width: >70mm
Fritschi Tecton 12 Binding is rated out of 5 by 23.
Rated 4 out of 5 by cooha from great binding some problems skied these all season last year and they held up great, the only problem i had was sometimes i would step in too hard and the heel would go into touring mode without my knowledge which led to some interesting times
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by Turner from Squared right up with the Marker Kingpin This thing is awesome. I have used this as my everything touring binding to some resort days. It's solid! The real heel piece transfers so much power to the ski and it is noticeable. I was worried about the plastic but I haven't had an issue yet. Just be delicate and don't be kicking around. I haven't had a problem. Also, the break has saved me twice while putting skis on in exposure. If you are someone who wants a tech binding they can trust and you are not counting grams then you are going to want this binding.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by KenH from Great binding, super solid I got about a dozen days on these last season mostly in the Wasatach on powder days. I have them on 176 Voile V8's (141/112/123). These bindings push the skis really really well. I really like the new front toe design and find it much easier to step into. So far I haven't had any ice up issues with the heel or toe which is a big plus also. My only complaint is I find the heel risers a bit awkward to use. They are a lot more difficult to flip down then my Vipecs. I think the wings could have been made a little wider.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by Puckles from Happy so far Appreciate how these ski relative to pure tech bindings. They feel more secure and transfer power better. At least I think so, but that’s also what I’m supposed to experience with these. Have found they tour quite well and only give up a marginal weight penalty vs. comparable Dynafit bindings. You can fairly easily shift from tour to ski without taking your skis off which I like for a fast “rando” transition. Technically, you could do the reverse but good luck getting your skins on! You need to watch for snow build under the toes but more importantly in and under the heal behind the brake. If snow builds up there the heels won’t fully engage in tour mode and fail to stay put. Only complaint thus far is the heavy crampon that’s offered in limited sizes. The thing is over-engineered. About 25 days so far and no quality issues with the binding. The shift from tour/ski seems a little violent at times and I wonder if that’s where the binding will eventually have issues. Overall, thumbs up and pretty pleased. Have these on Dynaster Mythic 97 skis, which I also like, and the pair makes for a good do-anything quiver.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by Skiprophoto from First tech binding, love love love! Bought 3 weeks ago, mounted to Rossi Super 7’s, a LaSportiva Syncho boot. Super easy to step into! (Omg spent 5 minutes stepping into a borrowed first gen Vipec toepiece once.) Heel locks down and feels super solid on boot! The heel piece itself feels a bit plasticy depressing at 8.5 DIN, esp coming from an alpine background, but a trade off for lightweight. Incredibly responsive, dialed! (Would maybe choose a different Ski but this will be my powder + touring setup. Touring first time today, adjusting heel piece forward for touring mode, and in turn, locking down brake, was effortless. (If a spring loaded, ready-to-step-in heel piece is 3 o’Clock, and a neutral heel piece 1:30, touring is set at 12 o’o’clock.) Elevators stay in place, can flip one down with a pole as steepens. Stepped out for transition because I’m new to touring an new skins are super sticky. Releasing toe is super simple using pole. Mine popped back into “Ski” from “step in” once boot toe was free, can probably learn to just push down a little further. Moving heel piece back from its upright touring position, I used my hand. But pole could probably get it back to neutral position, then pole for sure to press down to load tension for boot heel. Love the solid heal clicking in/locking down, esp from alpine. (I ski inbound 130 days a year.) And comfortable enough with release features to bet my livelihood on it, though I haven’t crashed yet. Super pleased I went all in on this one rather than a simpler binding.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by mark from hard to believe cannot get tecton binding template happy with product and happy with prompt answer to query but still find it hard to believe that neither blackdiamond nor fritschi will provide me with a paper/plastic binding template nor instructions for fitting bindings-thankfully the web has enough info but I did fork out for two bindings and would have thought this not unreasonable to expect included with bindings
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by hoodskier from Excellent binding for up and down These bindings are light and efficient for uphill travel and are bomber on the downhill. I tend to ski pretty aggressively and huck the occasional cliff and I can't underscore how great these bindings are on the downhill. For the uphill, they are just like my Dynafits and, on the down, feel like an alpine binding. The result is I think one of the best bindings currently on the market. The lateral degree of freedom and release at the toe makes this safer than other AT bindings and improves skiing endurance (easier on the knees!).
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Geoff from Sweet touring binding Mounted these on a pair of 185 zerog108. Been pretty impressed overall. Have about 40 days on them so far this season with multiple 5k+ days. While not the lightest setup out there it is reasonable. Bindings are easy to work. Transitions are straightforward. I can easily go to the next climbing level. And on the down- that's where they shine. Similar performance to an alpine binding. Naked deep pow to refrozen chunkier to couloirs to pillow lines. Sometimes at speed. No issues withnprereleasing even without locking down the two. They feel very solid. So far durability has been excellent. Definitely recommend these for anyone that values both the ups and the downs.
Date published: 2018-04-02