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Marker Duke; durability in free heel mode

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I'm switching over from resort skiing and thought these bindings will be good to get my feet wet with AT and still have a bombproof binding for the resort.    While I have only used it a single time on a golf course (a real adventurer aren't I?) it seems to me that in the free heel mode the binding is pretty weak, pretty think plastic on the toepiece pivot.   Has anyone ever broken one of these in free heel mode?   I don't want to think about what happens in the backcountry if your binding breaks.   Maybe I need to pack a full roll of duct tape?

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The great thing about Dukes is they're so heavy, you'll never be able to get far enough into the backcountry to really get yourself in trouble from any durability issue.

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I've used the Baron's and they do seem pretty fragile in the free heel mode as do any of the other AT bindings I've been on. I don't know of anyone breaking any and I've sold a bunch of them over the past few years.

 

In an ideal world the skin up should be well planed and not too steep so you shouldn't be pushing your equipment to the limits anyway. With some of the other options I'd worry about breakage in the resort or breakage to my body.

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Originally Posted by zafdor View Post

  Has anyone ever broken one of these in free heel mode? 



Marker has sold a gazillion of them in the last few years, of course some have broken. I wouldn't worry about it though, it's stronger than any other option short of  an Alpine Trekker or a GMF CAST, you'll be fine unless you do something silly, then you'll have a cool story to tell your buddies.

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I have about 60 days of resort skiing on a pair, pushing a big ski.  10 of which I did some short touring.  

They are holding up fairly well with a little bit of slop.

 

Clean the snow out real well before you lock them back down!

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The great thing about Dukes is they're so heavy, you'll never be able to get far enough into the backcountry to really get yourself in trouble from any durability issue.



LOL, that's for surebiggrin.gif

 

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My Dukes lasted 2 months, by Dynafits have been going for 5 plus years and are have been mounted on 3 pair of skis.

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