Rated 5 out of 5 by Paul Reliable & Simple
I was considering the slightly lighter weight pin bindings but I have to say that in the end this is the binding to go with. Why? It is straightforward, simple to use and when you are in the backcountry and the conditions are in your face you don't want some binding with small parts that can get plugged up with ice and that is intricate to use. What you want is simplicity, ruggedness and something that just works. This is it. This binding is all boot friendly and slightly heavier but the safety it provides in terms of usability and durability far outweigh the competition. Buy this binding and be safe.
May 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Theodore Nice set up
I found the Diamir tech binding too difficult to get in and out of for Patrolling, so I purchased this set up. It is certainly heavier,but well designed. My only complaint is that the company doesn't help the DIYer more with it's binding placement instructions and adjustment. Not everyone has a Diamir shop tech in the neighborhood.
February 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andy Reliability has its advantages
I have owned many pairs of Fritschi Diamir bindings, and recently owned many other brands and types of bindings. Tech bindings are great but they have limitations. As a ski patroller I am in and out of my skis dozens of times a day and I have come back to the Freeride bindings for their great convenience and reliability. These new bindings do ski better than the old, and I feel secure, safe, and protected when I am working in them. If they are anything like my older versions, I am sure to get many trouble free years out of them. Convenience is an important performance characteristic as well!
December 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Troy Great Binding
I am a ski patroller in western Colorado, our resort has a lot of back country access and we are called upon by the local SAR to do out of bounds rescues. Having a set up that works great for day to day patrol work, as well as the out of bounds, is paramount. These bindings are great
March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jp Bombproof
Solidly built, lightweight, they don't pre-release on hardpack, the brakes work, and the crampons flip on and off with your pole. Bindings are best when you don't have to pay attention to them.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scott Continued Great Product
Upgraded to these for my new Walk Frees. Mounted them myself, not that tough-did my old pair, too and they work just as well as the old version (which has been great.) I patrol on them, as well as ski backcountry, and have had no issues with early releases. Walk-mode in the new is still comfortable and the new bindings feel a little beefier, though not any heavier. I'm anxious to be able to try a pair of heavier downhill boots since they can now take an Alpine Boot sole. Only had them out once, but am chomping for another trip! ...BTW Customer Service was GREAT when I ordered the wrong size first try.
November 26, 2013