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Fritschi Vipec Evo 12 Binding
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Overview READ MOREThe 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.
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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
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Fritschi Vipec Evo 12 Binding is rated out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by N206 from Dependable touring bindings I've skied on these for two seasons and they have held up to a lot of abuse. They ski great and have been very reliable!!
Date published: 2020-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous from Great performance, but sticky when switching modes I bought these bindings a few months ago, and have used them equally between resort skiing and alpine touring. They have been very durable and release reliably. I thought the mode labels were goofy at first, but they have proved to be very useful in making sure you are not walking in ski mode (it can be hard to tell the difference visually). Occasionally they will get stuck between 'step-in', 'walk', and/or 'ski' mode and the toe piece must be clicked into place by hand. Additionally, it takes considerable force to flip the heel piece up/down between when switching modes....which makes me a little nervous. However, so far so good!
Date published: 2020-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jordan from Well rounded binding. I'm on my 3rd season with the 2nd iteration of these bindings and so far they have been excelling in all the conditions I have thrown them in. I had friends that experienced issues with the old toe piece - to date I can't recall a single time I had issues with them. I haven't been impressed with other brands' heel mechanisms (especially the twisting ones) and have been very pleased with these so far - the climbing modes are more than enough and the safety release settings work well. I was skeptical of how well the climbing risers would hold up as they are plastic but they have held up really well even after getting a heel thrown down hard on them from my lack of awareness when transitioning to ski mode. I ski quite a lot in the San Juan Mountains as well as some resort skiing - these perform well and have stood up to variable backcountry conditions as well as in-bound drops, steep moguls and the usual skied out icy crud you find at the resort. Currently have them mounted on some old Voile Chargers.
Date published: 2020-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by Old guy from Easy transitions I have been using Dynafit bindings for more than a dozen years but earlier this year one of tail pieces broke in half. I used zip ties on the binding to get back to the trailhead. Looking at prices of Dynafit's bindings compared to all the new improved bindings on the marked I decided it was time to change. I have been watching the tech bindings evolve and have been impressed with the new designs. I wanted to have someone else check out the Vipec 12 binding so I could see what it was like but I guess I'm the first in my area. I have skied it a couple of times and impressed with the ease of switching from climbing to descending. I can still make the transitions without taking my skis off. It is easier then Dynafit's bindings - I don't need to bend down to make a switch, I can use my ski pole! I was concerned if the heel elevators would be high enough for steep climbing and they are; easy to flip back and forth. Great binding.
Date published: 2019-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by gbh247 from Good super light binding Solid, light touring binding. Only issue was part of the plastic on the toe piece ski/walk lever broke. Solid power transmission for such a light binding and definitely bridges the gap between traditional touring and alpine bindings.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by Drew from First AT binding - love it! Comparing the movement of the binding in uphill/walk mode to my tele NTN bindings, love the freedom of this binding. Did some pretty hard charging downhill in some pretty technical/steep terrain in BC, and couldn’t have asked for better performance. Got a release when I needed it, and it stayed solid when I wanted it. Step-in on the toe can be a little finicky, but I think that’s still the case with most other tech bindings too. Definitely happy with the purchase!
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by SweetPete from Good mix of drive-ability, weight and function This is the second set of Vipe Evo 12s I have picked up in the last couple years. I really enjoy the functionality of these bindings - easy to pop in and out, elevators are easy to move with a pole, easy to transition. The purchase on the ski seems quite adequate and I am able to use these on both my lighter-weight touring skis and my heavier daily drivers. The DIN seems to do the trick, functioning at the release levels I would expect. No issues on these end. The only issue I have had, and have had with both pairs, is the plastic piece that locks down the brake. I have broken it on both pairs about 5-8 days in. BD’s pro shop was very good about taking care of it, but I am still not sure why that piece is failing consistently.
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adrian from Secure and simple. These bindings are well thought-out and make transitions quite easy. The toe piece is a bit different than that of other tech bindings I have used, but I did not have any difficulty stepping into them the first few times I used them. Whatever issues previous editions of this binding had in the toe piece seem to be resolved. The heel piece has a simple lever for switching between ski and walk mode and it is not difficult to engage with a ski pole. With these bindings it is straightforward and quick to transition without removing your skis. The heel piece has felt solid on the descent. Initially, I was a bit worried about the amount of plastic used in the binding, but so far I have not had any durability issues. The one issue I have run into, which is avoidable, but unfortunate, is the ability of the toe piece to deform the toe box of the boot. In short, the bumper used to ensure forward release can push into the plastic of the boot if the toe piece is locked in walk mode and sufficient force is supplied. In my case, I bent down on one knee (sliding one foot back and rotating it perpendicular to the ski) to fix an issue with a friend's boot and afterwards had a nice impression of the bumper piece in my boot! Back home I was able to heat the toe box with a hair dryer and the plastic reshaped itself after a few minutes. I have used the boots and bindings since with no issues, but I am careful not to put my boot in that position again. I imagine a forward fall in the walk mode could also deform the boot. Despite the incident with my boot, I would definitely recommend these bindings. I imagine most users will never run into that issue with the toe piece and it is avoidable. Overall, these bindings feel solid, have great safety features, and transition easier than others.
Date published: 2018-12-20