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OUR TAKE Pair a back­coun­try-tuned toe piece with a front coun­tryready heel piece and you cash in on both. The idea is that ultralight, pin-style bind­ings don’t of­fer the power or safety that su­per-ag­gres­sive skiers may want on de­scents, be it in-bounds or out. So Fritschi paired a pin-style toe with an alpine-like heel that sports 8mm of elas­tic, ver­ti­cal travel. It al­lows your boot a touch of wig­gle room be­fore re­leas­ing. You won’t find that—or the vice-like hold—in a tech-style heel piece. (Marker used this recipe in its 2015 Ed­i­tors’ Choice-win­ning KING­PIN, but the Tecton is lighter and more af­ford­able.)

THE DE­TAILS The toe piece comes from Fritschi’s re­designed Vipec EVO 12, the first tech bind­ing with a quan­tifi­able, DIN-value re­lease in the toe. That means your boot can es­cape the toe piece in awk­ward falls—in the­ory, sav­ing your ACL. Bonus: This year, the Vipec has a large, metal pedal for eas­ier step-ins, as well.

TRAIL CRED “I was skep­ti­cal of all the plas­tic, but the Tecton feels like a much beefier, metal bind­ing,” one tester says. “It held me snug in a num­ber of com­mit­ting drop-ins in the Weminuche Wilder­ness, in­clud­ing a manda­tory air en­try off 14,059-foot Sun­light Peak.” $650; 1 lb. 3 oz. (per pair with­out brakes); black­di­a­mon­d­e­quip­

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