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AT Binding Help!

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

I am trying to decide on a set of bindings for an AT setup. They would be going on a pair of Surface New Life skis. So far the marker baron (2013), and fritschi freeride pro's (2011) have my eye. I found both for about $260 new online. I do not want to buy AT boots, therefore Dynafits are out of the question. Skis would be used for powder days at the resorts, lap skiing/day back country trips. I weigh about 135lbs, I am 6ft tall, and would classify myself as a expert skier. Current location- Colorado Springs; may be relocating to Salt Lake City.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 19

Barons will ski much, much better than Fritschis.   The Freerides will tour better as they are lighter and easier to switch between climb/ski modes.  The Marker Tour F12 would be an excellent compromise as well.  Skis better than the Fritschi but lighter.  Only 12 DIN but that should probably be OK for most. 

 

I'd definitely get the Barons if you're planning on any resort use.  Fritschis IMO are too much of a tweener binding for me to recommend them to anyone apart from smaller females.  Dukes/Guardians/Adrenalines/Barons will ski so much better and hold up better at the resort.  If you really want a binding for dedicated touring, tech bindings are absolutely your best bet.

post #3 of 19
If tech/Dynafit bindings are out then the question is - how much/far do you plan to tour? The more/farther you tour, the more you'll want the Fritschis. They tour better than Barons. And are you planning on big hucks and hammering the slopes? The more you huck and hammer, the more you'll want the Barons. Go for the Barons if you won't be putting on a lot of miles and you'll be doing a lot of inbounds.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks.

post #5 of 19

I would also consider the Atomic Tracker (Salomon Guardian) as an option.  I own a paid of the Marker Dukes and a pair of the Atomic Trackers and the trackers ski way better and tour just as well.  In fact, you will not have to get out of the binding to switch into tour mode on the Trackers.  This is my everyday binding and I end up doing about 15 day tours a year using my AT setup.  In my opinion, there is not a better skiing AT binding then the Guardian's/Trackers.

 

The Fritschi's have a great stride for touring; however, the develop a ton of slop for the downhill.  There is a big difference between the Fritschi's and the Baron's/Dukes on the downhill and an even bigger difference when you compare them to  the Trackers/Guardians.  Bottom line, if you are going to use this binding for mostly resort skiing with some "sidecountry" laps and an occational backcountry tour, then I would go with the Tracker's/Guardians (assuming the downhill is more important).  If you are going to be doing mostly touring and not using the binding for a ton of resort skiing, then I would go with the Fritschi's (Assuming you cannot afford the Dynafits).  Just my two cents after using all of the above bindings.

 

Side note:  Tracker/Guardians are not compatiable with Tech Soles according to their specs

post #6 of 19
Can you get Atomic Trackers for $260?
post #7 of 19

If your boot size is 310 or under I have Barons for $200 perfect condition, last years model.

post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Can you get Atomic Trackers for $260?

 

Bob,

 

I have seen some around on ebay in the $240 range.  I have not seen them as low as $200.  I certainly would not pay full retail for them, as you can find them discounted if you search.

post #9 of 19
I just looked around a little, but didn't see any good discounts is why I asked.
post #10 of 19

Haven't skied them, but the Adrenalin w/ freeflex seems like a nice design.

post #11 of 19

 I've owned Fritschi Freerides and Dukes. I've never really liked the way Fritschi's skied and wouldn't trust them to last a season in bounds.  The Dukes were much better for that.

 

Aspen Sports had most of last years frame bindings on sale over labor day for $260ish.  If you call and talk to Keith, he'd probably still sell them for that.

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all of the help. I am pretty set on the barons. I have not been able to find a used set of dukes/guardians/trackers for $260. I am very fit, and If my buddies and I do go on an extended day tour it may take a little more energy, but I won't have any problem keeping up. Thanks for all of the help!

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jackski View Post
 

Thanks for all of the help. I am pretty set on the barons. I have not been able to find a used set of dukes/guardians/trackers for $260. I am very fit, and If my buddies and I do go on an extended day tour it may take a little more energy, but I won't have any problem keeping up. Thanks for all of the help!

 

Ha! If they're in tech bindings and boots you will. :)

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Can you get Atomic Trackers for $260?

 

Bob, just bought a pair Trackers from the Whiteroom in Mt. for $239.00 New last years model. He said they were last pair but you could always call and check.

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info... I will have to check in the morning. My sole length is 312 by the way.

post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 

Otherwise I would take those Barons in a heart beat.

post #17 of 19

I scored this deal last year. I am pretty sure they are out of stock (it has said so for months) but they have not taken it down for some reason...

 

http://shop.wolfcreekski.com/shop/duke/

post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post

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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Can you get Atomic Trackers for $260?

Bob, just bought a pair Trackers from the Whiteroom in Mt. for $239.00 New last years model. He said they were last pair but you could always call and check.

Thanks, but I was just inquiring for the benefit of the OP. I'm more of an NTN and Dynafit guy.
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

Found a pair of Barons at the REI in Denver, 2012 model for 225 plus tax. Again thanks for all the help.

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