The Great Fritschi Change of 2018-19

By Lou Dawson | December 17, 2018  

Note: Due to my using several sets of bindings for the photos below, I got some of the “new vs old” confused in the photo captions. Should be fixed now. Apologies. Lou

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry. Let them explain the arcane differences between various Fritschi options.

The new Fritschi toe bumper (front) will with most boots allow better touring range of motion.

The new Fritschi toe bumper (front) will yield better touring range of motion with most boots. More, it’s less likely to dent your plastic.

Okay wunderkinder, it began with rumors, now the metamorphosed Tecton/Evo are in our scarred, sun burned paws. The change is subtle, a re-shaped toe “bumper” that nicely flattens when you shift the toe to tour uphill mode. Results: Less chance of your boot being dented during a forward “knee fall,” and more range of touring stride motion. The original version binding will be available as well, as it functions adequately with some boots — dealers can show you the difference. If in doubt, buy the new version. The two varietals will boast different SKU numbers, thanks Fritschi for that nice Swiss touch, instead of doing in-line changes and calling them exactly the same name and model number (as certain other companies are prone to foist on our poor overloaded ski touring brains).

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2018-2019 Fritschi Evo and Tecton Brakes – Improved

By Lou Dawson | December 15, 2018  

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.

I’ve been playing around with the latest Fritschi Tecton and Evo binding versions. More coming, today a Friday briefing. As you may recall, a few folks broke the ski brake on their 2017-2018 Tecton-Evo. While there might have been an “in line” change to help with this, I’m not certain. But I carefully examined the 2018-2019 brake for changes that might cure the problem. It appears the brake assembly is mostly the same, with what appears to be one key change.

The brakes in question.

The brakes in question.

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PNW Early Season Ski Touring is Alive and Well

By Louie Dawson | December 10, 2018  

It is wonderful most places in North America have had excellent early-season skiing. Here in the PNW, we’ve not had it as good as some of you. Still, over the past few weeks we’ve managed to find a few powdery spots. Here’s the photos, just to show we’ve still got it.

Finding some nice pow in the North Cascades.

Finding nice pow in the North Cascades. Click images to enlarge.

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