Reliable release

18.11.2021

What is the secret of a reliable release? When choosing a binding, it is important to remember that boot, binding and ski form a system which only functions optimally when its components are perfectly tuned to each other. The binding must release the boot, not only in the event of a fall, but also when strong forces are at play, such as heavy snow or hidden obstacles. At the same time, it should not release too early in case of a quick impact. To prevent chest and face injuries, it is also important that the boot is released at the right time when the skier falls forward. Fritschi integrates cutting-edge technology in all bindings to guarantee a reliable release in any situation. The need-based additional functions achieve almost the same safety standards as alpine bindings.

Basic Functions

Individual and infinitely adjustable setting of the lateral and vertical release

A frontal release is subject to significantly higher forces than a lateral release. Separate mechanisms are required for a release at the relevant settings with appropriately designed, infinitely adjustable springs.

Individual and infinitely adjustable setting of the lateral and vertical release

Both lateral and frontal release of the Xenic are designed to occur at the heel according to the concept of pin bindings. In this weight category and with separate release system, it is one of a kind.

Similar to the concept of alpine bindings, the lateral release of the Tecton and the Vipec Evo occurs in the front, and the frontal release occurs in the back.

Reliable release in any situation

In downhill skiing the skis will flex. This shortens the distance between toe and heel unit and the boot is jammed in. Sufficient elasticity for the ski keeps the resulting pressure on the system constant, even when the ski is highly flexed, and ensures a defined release in any situation.

In all models of the Fritschi bindings, the optimal 10 mm length compensation ensures that the ski will release at the relevant settings, regardless of how much the ski is flexed.

Well-timed release of the boot in case of a forward fall

In pin bindings the boot tips forward after a release, while still being held in the frontal unit. The system will not completely release the boot at the front unless the nose of the boot applies pressure to the release lever. A well-timed release of the boot prevents injuries to chest and face.

In all models of the Fritschi bindings, the boot is released at an angle from 65° on depending on the shape of the boot’s front, via the release lever.

Secure hold in downhill skiing without blocking

In practice, pin bindings are frequently blocked in downhill skiing to prevent an unwanted release. Since the binding is then unable to release, this causes preventable injuries.

In downhill skiing, the Fritschi pin bindings absorb the vertically acting forces and do not need to be blocked to achieve a secure hold.

The pin levers of the frontal unit of the Xenic shift horizontally.

The Vipec Evo and the Tecton are designed to hold the boot between the pin levers.

Important additional functions

Preventing pre-releases

A binding releasing only when absolutely necessary depends on the elasticity of the system for the boot. The longer the distance the boot has to travel before it is released under the effect of the settings, the lower the risk of an unwanted release.