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Need Recommendations for Sidecountry Bindings to be Mounted on Blizzard IQ Max Slider Plates

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I'm looking for a side country binding that I could use for earning your turns pre/post season at the ski areas in West Virginia and for mid-season sidecountry runs. I'd be using them with alpine boots, skiing tight trees, open trails and meadows. The emphasis is more on the downhill (but easier on the uphills than making/hiking a boot pack trail.)

 

I'm 6'1", ~195 pounds.

 

I've got Blizzard The One skis with an extra Blizzard IQ Max slider plate that I'd mount the bindings to (swapping out with existing alpine bindings on another plate.) Marker Dukes would be an obvious choice, but with some googling (not a lot of info out there), it appears the Dukes are not compatible with the plates (via that other website.)

 

Apparently years ago Blizzard sold a version of the Dukes compatible with the Blizzard plates called the FR 16. It appears the binding is no longer around.

 

Any suggestions for binding compatibility with the Blizzard plates? Marker Tour F12? Marker Barons? (Only if they have different mounting pattern from the Dukes.) AT binding compatible with an alpine boot?

 

The longer term solution will be some sort of AT setup (boots/bindings), but I'd like to leverage my existing gear to earn some turns earlier. (Especially if West Virginia gets any more early season snow.)

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 6

I'll bump this up. I've got the same question!

 

If not Dukes, what other AT binding can be mounted to the slider plate for entry into sidecountry/occasional backcountry? snowfalling.gif


Edited by Current - 11/21/12 at 11:29am
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John,

 

The problem with the dukes (and apparently all the royal family AT bindings) is the middle screw (the one that secures the touring latch) conflicts with the screw used to secure the IQ plate to the ski. I actually think this conflict could be overcome if you use a longer screw to secure both the IQ plate and the center hole to the ski. 

 

I have used dynafit  binding on my Ones / IQ plates and they work great!

 

I think most other types of step-in AT binding would be fine from a compatibility perspective as none that I know of have a middle screw under the boot in the same way as the marker royal family does. So Frtischi, Atomic Tracker, Solly Guardian, etc... should be ok.  

 

I am guessing that someone has a pair of FR16 they are not using and could part with. 

 

Or you could but these and just take the bindings off them.

 

http://www.untracked.com/p2821c58b119-09_blizzard_titan_zeus_used_skis_w_iq_fr_16_binding.html


Edited by tromano - 11/21/12 at 12:23pm
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Thanks a lot, Tromano. Looks like Markers are out but most of the others are viable options. I'll probably go Fritschi...

 

Cheers,

 

Nathan

post #5 of 6

duke works fine, dont use middle screw on duke, bkizzards own instructions show this.if your a 305mm can mount and use the screw as it lines up with screw used to attach plate.  just need the longer screw.

post #6 of 6
I thought that the FR 16 fitted the pre-slider plate blizzard IQ and was too narrow for the slider plate ?

Iirc correctly you can still use the dukes, you just need a replacement (longer? ) center screw. If you do a search there was a thread by bwpa showing how he did it. Timely reminder, I have the same set up, need to get that replacement screw to put the dukes on
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