I have decided that it is time to upgrade my NAXO NX21s to either the Marker Tour F10 or F12. These new bindings will be on 2012 181 CM Surface Live Life’s: 146-110-130, R 23 M, rocker-camber-rocker. Right now I use the Live Life’s with the NAXOs as my inbounds powder boards and for the occasional tour mainly in WV when there is snow (I am not looking for new skis). Everyday skis are Volkl Bridge @ 179 cm with Marker Jesters with the din at 8-8.5.
Level III skier - pretty aggressive, but I don’t really do any park or drop anything bigger than 5 ft mandatory air.
5 ft 9 inches
34 years old
~25 days per year (80%+ inbounds, skiing all of the mountain except big airs)
Boots are Dynafit Titan Ultralights with a 290 BSL
I am stuck between the F12s and F10s and only considering these two bindings. BTW: I am not considering the Barons since they are actually slightly heavier than the NAXOs or any AT binding that is over 5lbs such as Dukes or Salomons. I have heard the F10s and F12s ski better than the Fritchi Freeride Pros, especially inbounds.
The F12s are heavier, and more expensive. I really don’t see myself needing to ever go above a 9.5 din. Right now I am leaning towards the F10s since they are lighter and cheaper. The reduced weight of the F10s is admittedly a big factor and I believe that a 9.5 din setting is a 9.5 din setting is a 9.5 din setting.
Do you guys think it is crazy to ski F10s inbounds on powder days with the din set at 8.5/10?
Another part of the equation is that I may use these for a few seasons and them give them to my wife who is 5 ft 2 inches and 105 lbs.