Fritschi Freeride Plus – Backcountry Skiing Alpine Touring Binding

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The first production models of the Fritschi Freeride Plus were released during late winter 2006. The binding is an incremental improvement in performance, with a red plastic base plate that’s mostly cosmetic but might have a slight effect in terms of binding stability during aggressive skiing. On the test bench this binding is virtually identical in side twisting flex to the previous model Freeride, and weighs one ounce more per binding. No doubt responding to several years of complaints by skiers of the Fritschi “back seat” feeling, the Plus has slightly more ramp angle (toe lower then heel), and ramp angle can easily be increased by mounting without the front baseplate. As of 2015 this is quite humorous, as the usual desire is for less ramp, rather than mor.

Complete backcountry skiing binding shown above. Red parts are the "Power Transmission Control." Click photo to enlarge.

Complete backcountry skiing binding shown above. Red parts are the “Power Transmission Control.” Click photo to enlarge.

Red device on heel latch is the excellent "anti insta-tele" feature.

Red device on heel latch is the excellent “anti insta-tele” feature.

Former Freeride bindings would sometimes come unlatched when the ski flexed during aggressive skiing. This was caused by the tabs on the sides of the catch sliding back and forth and eventually popping out from under the part meant to hold them. The new feature allows the catches to remain engaged with with the latch while everything else moves. Check out the video.

Another view of the ant insta-tele feature, showing the red plastic tabs engaged under the latch.

Another view of the ant insta-tele feature, showing the red plastic tabs engaged under the latch.

Detail of anti insta-tele.

Detail of anti insta-tele.

Bottom of heel unit showing legs (with holes) that rest on ski. These are farther apart and longer than those of previous models, and are said to make the binding more stable.

Bottom of heel unit showing legs (with holes) that rest on ski. These are farther apart and longer than those of previous models, and are said to make the binding more stable.

Rear base plate. Legs fit on outside of ribs, binding rail fits in the central slot. Again, the idea is to make the binding more stable but bench testing shows little difference between this model and previous.

Rear base plate. Legs fit on outside of ribs, binding rail fits in the central slot. Again, the idea is to make the binding more stable but bench testing shows little difference between this model and previous.Rear base plate. Legs fit on outside of ribs, binding rail fits in the central slot. Again, the idea is to make the binding more stable but bench testing shows little difference between this model and previous.

Front plate is totally cosmetic. The binding can be mounted without this for more ramp angle, though this model has more ramp angle than previous models. For a deeper look at this binding see Inside the Freeride Plus.

Front plate is totally cosmetic. The binding can be mounted without this for more ramp angle, though this model has more ramp angle than previous models.

For a deeper look see our Inside Freeride Plus post.

Weight: One binding with screws, 36 oz., 1022 g

Fritschi Freeride Plus thumbnail.

Fritschi Freeride Plus thumbnail.

  Your Comments

  • Lou Dawson 2: Concern is that air convection within the cells will make the jacket work p...
  • Carl: I have found how the boot is buckled has a huge flex impact as well. Boots...
  • Carl: looks like a great thing to have in the pack. Site looks like it works, di...
  • Jack: hmmm. I wonder how hard it would be to instrument the boot liner to measu...
  • Omekim: Ummm.... The machine looks to be at room temperature. They should probably ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Tom, it would be easy to do something crude using a torque wrench on an art...
  • Lou Dawson 2: From what I know, unlikely all the boot flex ratings in the industry are an...
  • Tom Gos: Lou, I seem to remember that back in the '80s Ski Magazine (the American on...
  • Bill H: Maybe SkiAlper can rent some time on the machine for next year's issue :)...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Greg, I did have a graphic at one time but I don't recall it having reso...
  • Greg: I remember there being an image of the D scale at some point – with resort ...
  • Hans D.: Great advice. I hadn't thought about the "quickstep" notch, but now that y...
  • Dean Gagnon: Hello, Does anyone know where to get spare hinges for the tounge of the ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Billy Goat, IMHO the Amer (Salomon) binding is not a done deal, it will be ...
  • Rod Georgiu: Good idea...
  • zak: Any idea on if/when Scarpa will update the F1 to include the tech from the ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: I'll say it. Many Dynafit ski models are built to be lightweight and not pa...
  • Tomas: Destruction topsheet - only 2 days during normal telemark skiing. I'm wait...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Glad you liked the photos, was a fun day with you guys. Main thing, just gi...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Agree, someone needs to forget about TUV and all that sort of thing and jus...
  • szaraz levente: I do not need a TUV certificate brake, I only hate the wire wich connect me...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hans, the best thing to do is put your boot-binding combo on a release test...
  • Hans D.: Regarding touring boots with swappable soles for alpine use: I have Lupo TI...
  • Dave Johnson: My mind is blown at the binding technology going on today. Imagine, in '76 ...
  • Bar Barrique: Jason; If you choose to replace the liners, I would advise speaking to the ...
  • BillyGoat: Convertible alpine bindings will defiantly have a market (aside from the fi...
  • Lou Dawson 2: My bad Dan, trying to be brief, I'm talking about the boot locator things, ...
  • Dan: I'm reading wildsnow religiously but I don't know what's the deal with the ...
  • XXX_er: I used to think that I MUST have a cuff cant adj at the outside cuff pivot ...
  • Lou 2: Tom, a canted cuff really helps me as well, sigh.... Probably still somewh...

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