Kit Review. Ski testing the Diamir Fritschi Vipec 12 Ski touring binding
THIS ARTICLE came to me via my friend Alan Powell also a BMG guide - original test and article from Backcountry
The elastic movement in the heel piece let the ski flex underfoot like no other binding I have ever skied, on the 16m radius Cruis’Airs this made for very enjoyable smooth fluid turns at lower speeds, when skiing faster and working the ski harder the skis would come round so quickly it would almost catch me off my guard.
All in all I’m impressed with the Vipec 12. Its offers all the weight advantages of Tech bindings for touring, with the safety advantages of the adjustable release at the toe and the sprung heel piece, or ‘active length compensation’ in Diamir’s words, maintaining the forward pressure to give a defined and dependable release at the heel even when the ski is flexed.