If your image of Fritschi is a clunky but serviceable old school frame binding with tons of lateral deflection, get ready for a jolt from the future the Swiss haven't been sleeping through the tech revolution, they just haven't been talking much. The Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 Ski Bindings are state of the art, lightweight tech bindings with engineered elasticity at both the heel and toe and a release value range of 5 to 12. Unlike traditional tech bindings that release laterally at the heel, the Vipec toe has ample sliding movement at the toe to absorb shock but releases at a user defined limit. The heel doesn't rotate but instead slides rearward in touring mode and has a small amount of built in rearward elasticity to accommodate ski flex. With the heel in the rearward position for skinning, two climbing risers can be employed using your ski poles. For skiers who spend a good portion of their time touring and don't need a release value higher than 12, the Fritschi Vipec could well be your quiver of one binding choice of the future.