Big change to this post is that the Eagle mounting hole pattern is the same as the Freeride Pro. Some confusion about that out there in the land of wild snow, so this should help us all know the score. (I also did some editing on the DIY mounting instructions linked below.)
Click over to our Fritschi Diamir Eagle & Freeride Pro mounting instructions, and you’ll find a template link there. Best that way, as the mounting instructions have essential info on using the template.
Challenge with making these templates is that due to manufacturing tolerances in mechanical jig and binding, it’s tough to get to the point of automotive precision. But I compared this paper template to the mechanical jig as well as a binding, and it passes visual muster. So good to go!
The critical part of mounting any Diamir model is locating the heel unit. A few millimeters too forward or back and it won’t work correctly. Measurements for this are on the template, follow them with care.
It was suggested a while back that I make these templates into two separate pages so the centerlines could be longer. I’ve not found that to be necessary with templates for plate bindings, because it’s so easy to tweak the plate alignment by just observing where it falls on the centerline, then pushing it left/right while tigtening or loosing the screws. Even with a longer centerline, you’ll still find yourself doing this because of manufacturing variations. It’s the same with other bindings, only more difficult with non-plate bindings such as Dynafit, because you have to work with a boot in the binding to align it.
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.