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Hmmm.... if you weren't going tech (Dynafit of compatible) I would look at the Marker Tour F10/12 rather than the Fritschi. I've now gone tech for my AT skis (G3 Onxy and Dynafit) but dabbled for over five years with Fritschi Freeride + and Marker Dukes. The only advantage the Fritschis had over the Dukes were: lighter; switch to tour mode without getting out of binding (no big deal as 99% of people have to take skis off to remove skins anyway); and heel lift bar better.
Now the Marker Tour F10/12 doesn't have any weight penalty over the Fritschi and the Markers ski far better than the Fritschi. So if I was looking for a binding to cover all bases i.e. AT and inbounds, the Markers Tour F12 would be my choice. That said, go tech/Dynafit as you will end up there anyway.
I'm using Barons, but I think I'd go with Tour F12s for a ski I wanted mixed resort/touring on; I know there were some issues before, but I think they've been mostly worked out.
The obvious answer is Tech if you're mostly touring and aiming at longer tours w/ more vert and not hucking 30-ft cliffs. But Tech is pricey! I'd go with Plum Guide, personally.
I have an AT setup that i use for both resort and backcountry. I am using the lighter Fritschi bindings and they seem fine to me. (on a pair of G3 Saintes) However, my older fritschis (on another pair of skis) have developed a little slop in the heel that is due to plastic wearing and cannot, so I have been told, be fixed. I still ski fine in them though. I have Technica Cocise boots and I have read that there are sometimes issues with the way they fit the Dynafit bindings. The issue is along the lines of this: they seem to be completely clicked in but for some reason they are not and you come out without warning. This may have been fixed in the past year or so.
How much do you weigh, how hard do you ski, do you huck major cliffs?
Most people don't ski a Tech binding in the resort, but it's possible. Wouldn't be my choice even though I'm light (but usually aggressive).
I've been happy with my Barons for climbs up to 3,300 feet vertical on tours. Though I am slower up than my friends w/ lighter setups and Tech-- I do it mainly for enjoying nature and the payoff of being able to charge down silly good powder and lines that would be skied out in the resort. I really don't feel any marked difference between Barons and Griffons (non-touring version) in the resort. I hit small backcountry features, but don't hit 30-ft cliffs.
So I'd be a voice for something in the Marker Tour/Baron/Duke line depending on weight, type of skiing-- and perhaps more important if you fall in the middle range of these things, price.
I have Technica Cocise boots and I have read that there are sometimes issues with the way they fit the Dynafit bindings. The issue is along the lines of this: they seem to be completely clicked in but for some reason they are not and you come out without warning. This may have been fixed in the past year or so.
This was fixed after the first year, before the Pro lights came out. Not an issue anymore, my Pro 130's tour and ski fine with tech toes.