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Pros Ski performance nearly on par with alpine bindingsLight, solid, just the right set of featuresLight, innovative downhill performanceLight, simple, advanced features for the weightSolid, reliable ski bindings, excellent toe piece entry and easy heel lifter transitions
Cons Heavier than most tech bindingsNot ideal for truly hard-charging downhill skiersunsophisticated heel lifters, untested aftermarket brakeCrampon mount and brakes not included, heavier than closest competitionNo ski brake option, heavier than bindings with the same or more features
Bottom Line For a big and fast riding subset of the backcountry ski population, or those looking for a look similar to their resort gear, this is just what the doctor orderedIf you truly need more performance features than this lightweight binding provides, you fall into a tiny sliver of skiers at the hard-charging end of the spectrumFor any sort of human-powered wild skiing, this is a reliable choiceFor the weight and cost, you get great functionality and featuresSolid, simple ski bindings that cram some unique attributes into a reasonably priced package; we only wish they were lighter, included brakes, or both
Rating Categories Fritschi Tecton 12 Atomic Backland Tour Marker Alpinist 12 G3 Zed 12 G3 Ion LT 12
Touring Performance (30%)
5
8
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9
Downhill Performance (25%)
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Weight (25%)
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5
Ease Of Use (15%)
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9
Durability (5%)
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Specs Fritschi Tecton 12 Atomic Backland Tour Marker Alpinist 12 G3 Zed 12 G3 Ion LT 12
Weight (pounds for pair) 3.06 lbs 1.26 lbs 1.18 lbs 1.6 lbs 2.13 lbs
Release value range 5 to 12 "Men", "Women", "Expert" 6 to 12 5 to 12 5 to 12
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 46 37 36 41 46
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 9 10 3 4 12.5
Brake options 100, 110, 120 80, 90, 100, 110, 120 90, 105,115 mm 85, 100, 115, 130 mm No brakes
ISO/DIN Certified? Yes No No No No
Ski Crampon compatible? Only Fritschi brand. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand. With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand.
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