Fritschi Freeride Binding

We’ve read the reviews on the web for the Fritschi Freeride Binding and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 81 (out of 100) 
User Rating: 4.1 stars   
Expert Rating 4.0 stars

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • A reliable and rugged AT binding.
  • Good downhill performance, easy to mount, easy entrance, durable.
  • Burly enough for the frontside but light enough for the backcountry.
  • Four different climbing positions.
  • Would recommend to anyone looking for a great sturdy binding for shorter touring.
  • Very durable and dependable. Have used it for 3 seasons on ski patrol.
  • What you want is simplicity, ruggedness and something that just works. This is it.
  • As a ski patroller I am in and out of my skis dozens of times a day and I have come back to the Freeride bindings for their great convenience and reliability.
  • A nice midweight binding.
  • They are sturdy.
  • Great for using in the resort and backcountry.

Expert Reviews

  • Excels at downhill performance.
  • Best pivot mechanism for any frame binding.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Makes for easy transitions from walk to ski and vice versa.
  • 1-2 pounds lighter than other frame bindings.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • If you’re a weight-weenie, get Dynafits.
  • Heavier than tech bindings.
  • The central rod and toe piece can brake if overtorqued.

Expert Reviews

  • Heavier than tech bindings.
  • There are burlier frame bindings out there, but they weigh more.


The Fritschi Freeride binding is a classic frame bindings that allows the backcountry skier to use their resort or backcountry boots. While tech bindings are lighter, the Fritschis are stronger and more versatile.

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