Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6
Rated 4 out of 5 by Brent Great new innovative binding
I just completed 8 weeks of touring 5 days a week as an avalanche professional in the northwest opening a mountain pass. I put these through the paces carrying heavy loads up steep, difficult terrain and skiing in everything from refrozen crusts to the dirtiest pollen and needle covered muck you can think of.
All in all these bindings rocked.
The climbing is great and the heel risers are super easy to flip back and forth. Never had any problems popping out or risers accidentally flipping. Very solid lock on the boot.
Ski mode is why I gave this binding a try.. the DIN toe-piece sold me. And it works. I hung up on an ice chunk in a gully and it could have been ugly if the ski didn't pop off. Thanks Vipec.
Needs work: Getting into the binding can be a pain sometimes.. but I always managed to figure it out. Also, it seems like they don't open up as far as they did when they were new making it a little difficult to line up.
The pin on the heel risers started to move around and slip to one side. I tapped it back into place and it seems to be fine, but I'm glad i caught it.
Keep them clean and well lubricated especially up under the arms on the toe-piece. Make sure they put the locktite on.
Almost forgot to mention the crampons.. they're worth picking up as well. Two depth heights and they have a few cm's of purchase in the highest climbing mode.
Well done Fritschi.
May 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bill vipec 12
I love these bindings! Have been skiing them the second half of this season mostly off but some in resort and they have been outstanding. I have skinned Mount Washington and skied them out multiple times in no mistake territory and I trust them completely. I was skeptical at first, but I am very grateful the right person steered me toward this choice. The vipec 12 is the only touring binding I would buy in the future! Not only is it the ultimate touring binding but it also weighs next to nothing and is simple to use.
May 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob Super Good
Amazing product, solid feel, strong hold. 10x better heel riser system than Dynafit. Not hard to step into once you get the hang of it (put a toe-hole onto one pin and line up the other side, press the trigger and presto!) Locktite is necessary. I've skied them in Corbets, refrozen coral reef, highspeed ice-moguls & dropped 25 footers with confidence.
One issue I've had is ice getting into the channels that the heelpeice slides on, and not being able to lock it into ski mode. Or perhaps the ice is getting into the pivot for the lever piece, I couldn't tell for sure. I left it in the sun for 20 minutes and I was able to force it locked for the descent. (this has happened twice out of 20 touring days) I would've had to tele down otherwise!
March 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Frank Everything is working perfectly
I mounted these on 191 Volkl Katana V-works and ski hard and fast on and off mountain. There was a bit of a learning curve to stepping in but with some practice it is easy. The adjustable pin loosened on my first skin, but locktite solved this completely. Binding feels solid even at speed on frozen groomers. The functionality is great. I love the easy transition from skinning to skiing. I am 190lb and ski fast, including some air time. Initially I pre-released with din 9, but with current setting of 10, I have had no pre-releases, even jumping around on frozen moguls. My only issue is hearing about people complaining I am cheating with my super light gear. This is my first tech binding. They do everything the said they would. I love them
March 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Debbie awesome heel piece, toe piece needs some work
All the functions of the heel piece work great. I'd give it 5 stars. The toe piece has some problems. It's very hard to line up the boot holes with the pins. I suggest adding a small bar or plate attached to the step in wire to stop the boot in the right place. Also it can be hard to get the toe piece open to get out of it. It won't stay open half the time. May be an icing issue. And then today one of the adjustable pins fell out while I was touring. Luckily I saw it in the snow and was able to pick it up out of the powder and had enough tools to reinstall it. Have since put some locktite on it. But I suggest carrying spares just in case. Loosing a pin on a long tour could be awful.
February 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Skyler Yup, this is all good.
First tech binding I've skied that feels like it spills over nicely into the resort. I like the brake system much better than Dynafit brake systems I've been on. I think it's a start to a new generation of tech bindings.
January 16, 2014