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Bindings to go with AT boots for in-bounds use?

post #1 of 7
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I'm looking to buy a new set-up for in-bounds use, and would prefer not to have to buy new boots. I've been using Dynafit ZZero AT boots for touring. I've read that Marker Dukes or Barons would be fine -- what about the Griffons? Would any of these options perform just as well in-bounds as your standard non-AT binding? I'm wondering if it makes sense just to buy another pair of boots, but would prefer avoiding the investment if possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

post #2 of 7

The Griffons would work great, they are basically the Barons without the walkable mode. You just want to make sure that is has an adjustable AFD so they can work with an AT boot (which they do). And they are a non-AT binding so there would be no performance issue.

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Thanks for the feedback. If I went with a Marker Baron or Duke, would the binding performance differ from a standard Alpine binding in resort? I currently have a touring set-up with Dynafits. Used them once at a resort and found they didn't work too well in rough terrain -- boot popped out a lot.

post #4 of 7

Yes, there are some performance differences between Duke binding and regular alpine binding. The biggest thing I noticed is that you boots are very "far" from the skis and snow. Until I got used to them, I always feel the responsiveness is a little slower on AT than the alpine ski. Combined with the fact that AT boots generally have soft flex, you can feel the difference, particularly on harder stuff.

post #5 of 7

Also AT bindings other than Dynafit and similar designed systems will put a flat spot on the ski because of the toe and heel being connected. The softer the ski the more noticeable but if you didn't try the same ski without the AT binding you might never realize or care.

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Originally Posted by skiessentials View Post

Also AT bindings other than Dynafit and similar designed systems will put a flat spot on the ski because of the toe and heel being connected. The softer the ski the more noticeable but if you didn't try the same ski without the AT binding you might never realize or care.


The duke/baron/F heel floats on the plate and is not attached to the ski at all. There is no noticeable different in riding a standard alpine binding at the same stack hight.
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Originally Posted by kexiansheng View Post

Thanks for the feedback. If I went with a Marker Baron or Duke, would the binding performance differ from a standard Alpine binding in resort? I currently have a touring set-up with Dynafits. Used them once at a resort and found they didn't work too well in rough terrain -- boot popped out a lot.

 

If you're having problems pre-releasing out of your Dynafit bindings, you might want to check out some of these tips over at Wild Snow regarding pre-release. Some of them can make a pretty big difference (make sure to read the comments below the article too). http://www.wildsnow.com/6946/tips-tech-ski-bindings/

 

Since I upgraded boots to the TLT 5s, I pretty much only have the option of skiing on tech bindings these days, but I find them to work great inbounds with my style of skiing. 

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