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New Dukes, Tracker and Guardian bindings. What are people thinking is going to be the winner??

Poll Results: Which new binding???

 
  • 25% (1)
    Duke
  • 0% (0)
    Tracker
  • 75% (3)
    Guardian
4 Total Votes  
post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am looking at the 2013 touring bindings to re-mount on my 188 super 7's.

The new bindings are now being shown at the shows but probably not available untill next fall (for us mortals). What are the favs? I am tempted to try the new improved Dukes but the others are tempting as well. I like the Guardians option to lock/unlock with the boot clipped in.

Thanks for your imput!

post #2 of 12

Don't forget the new Tyrolia Adrenalin, while you're at it.

post #3 of 12

And don't forget the MFD Alltime either.  Or the Plum Guides.  Or the....

 

Anyway, chances are, it'll depend on your priorities.

post #4 of 12

Well, it's amusing how they've turned Salomon from the most demonic company ever - for the screwed up Quest tech boot and its impact on a few skier's lives - to the company with the hottest AT rig ever. Guess folks have short memories. So it'll do well. But personally, am waiting for a review of the Adrenalin. 

 

And let us not forget that Look is collaborating with Plum for a 2013-2014 Duke slayer...wink.gif

post #5 of 12

I'm waiting for the touring Knee Binding to come out. biggrin.gif In the meantime, they all look good, I'll probably stay with what I know though - Duke.

post #6 of 12



 

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Originally Posted by epic View Post

I'm waiting for the touring Knee Binding to come outbiggrin.gif In the meantime, they all look good, I'll probably stay with what I know though - Duke.



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post #7 of 12
NOTE: Solomon and Atomic are not spotlighting this information. It may effect your decision to buy...

Tracker and Guardian bindings are designed for Alpine boots not AT Boots. They do however work with certain new Solomon and Atomic AT boots.
HERE IS A GREAT ARTICLE ON THE SUBJECT
http://www.wildsnow.com/8495/salomon-guardian-boots-backcountry/
post #8 of 12

I got Duke holes in my skis, i'm not changing now lol

post #9 of 12

Assuming you don't want a AT boot, I'd buy the old Dukes for a fraction of what any of the new bindings would run you.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Assuming you don't want a AT boot, I'd buy the old Dukes for a fraction of what any of the new bindings would run you.

 

Except buying used Dukes is taking a gamble on play in the pivot point and track interface. Buying new, the Guardians are actually $50 cheaper here (Vancouver) than the Duke EPF. From what I've read, the current gen Duke EPF solves a lot of the old problems. I am going Guardian next year though, the switch to ski mode without removing the ski, slightly lower stack height, cheaper price and more metal are the reasons why.

post #11 of 12

The Dukes are just too thick.  The lower height of Guardian/Tracker make them the only worthwhile AT binding, IMO.   And you get to choose the yellow one or the blue one.

 

 

 

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post #12 of 12

OP, your poll is a little flawed, since the Guardian and the Tracker are the exact same binding with a different color scheme and name on the side.  Blister Gear has a review of them.

 

That said, I have the Guardian on my Codys.  It's a burly binding and is just about as solid as a regular alpine binding.  If the snow is the least bit soft, you can't tell the difference between this and a regular binding.  If conditions are hard, there is a teeny-tiny amount of play, but it's almost imperceptible.  They have a much lower height than the Dukes. 

 

It detaches into walk mode easily by pushing back on the lever with the tip of your ski pole.  Getting the heel riser up with just your pole is kind of a be-yotch, though,

especially with snow wedged into the mechanism.  frown.gif

 

All in all, I like 'em.

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