There’s a lot to be said for lightness and reliability, but why waste words when you can take the Fritschi Diamir Scout Binding out for a spin and see for yourself’ At 3. 5 pounds per pair, it’s not quite as light as a classic touring binding, but it’s not too far off, and the ease of use and reliability of release more than makes up for the few extra ounces. Unlike tech clamps, the Scout is fully DIN certified, with a maximum release value of 11, so you can push it harder without worrying about popping out, and a compact design that’s engineered to provide killer power transfer and stability when you’re driving wider skis. Of course, the Scout excels on the way up as well as the way down. The wide toe hinge is placed at the very front of the toe for an ergonomic and easy stride, while the four-level heel elevator lets you enjoy a comfortable and efficient climbing platform on flat, steep, and seriously steep skin tracks. Fritschi also integrated a lock into the binding to prevent accidental switches into tour mode, which can have interesting consequences when you’re ripping a wide-open line or teching your way down a tight couloir.