While mostly an iteration in Fritschi’s Diamir model line, the new Fritschi Eagle departs in several significant ways. Mainly, a relocated touring pivot provides much needed ergonomics (i.e., no more Fritschi Frankestride), and a wider binding support foot under the boot heel yields enhanced stability. Weight remains similar yet somewhat lighter (35.5 ounces per binding, Freeride is 36 ounces), stack height is the same, heel unit looks and performs as with previous models, and ramp angle stays identical. In all, we’d call this an excellent improvement to what’s easily the best step-in step-out touring binding line on the market.
Testing this binding didn’t yield any surprises. Performance is similar to earlier Diamirs, and the better pivot definitely makes a difference in comfort and efficiency. So far, thumbs up. But remember this is only a first look.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.