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Black Diamond - Fritschi Xenic 10 Bindings

Black Diamond Fritschi Xenic 10 Bindings

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$321.60 Original price:$429.95
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    Tech Specs

    Release Rating:
    4 - 10
    Boot Compatibility:
    Heel Elevators:
    Claimed Weight:
    [pair] 1lb 3oz
    Recommended Use:
    backcountry skiing
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    1 year

    Fritschi Xenic 10 Bindings

    Fritschi took a significantly lighter step in the newer collection of backcountry ski bindings, and the Xenic 10 only weighs a bit over a pound, per pair. Despite its lightness, the Xenic still retains DIN release ratings suitable for most backcountry skiers. Both front and heel units are remarkably broader than normal to ease stepping in and out. The binding itself is infinitely adjustable, with 10mm of compensation for a defined release when it counts most.

    • Exceptionally agile binding for ski touring any terrain
    • DIN rated from 4 to 10 suitable for most backcountry skiers
    • Broad step-in pedal for easy clipping in and out
    • Infinitely adjustable plush 10mm length compensation for release

    worst tech binding on the market

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Roughly half of boots out there will allow this to go into walk mode, it seems the designers did not bother to look at the width of toe inserts in a variety of boots and many are wider than the xenic will close on.
    Heel riser broke on my 2nd run.
    Also, Fritschi wouldn't send me a mounting pattern.

    Lots of issues

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Once clipped into the binding the downhill performance is great. The binding is, however, plagued with lots of other issues. The toe piece is most troublesome. Locking out the toe piece takes a lot of force often requiring both hands. This feels very sketchy when in the middle of a steep line. and forceful jerky motion can throw you off balance. Steeping out of the toes can be just as hard and it sometimes sticks to the boot. In addition, I snapped the heel riser within a month of owning the binding.

    Edit: After a few more uses lots of plastic parts on the toe peice broke off making it not stay in walk mode.