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Marker Tour F10s vs F12s for Inbounds Powder

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

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.

 

My Specs:

Level III skier - pretty aggressive, but I don’t really do any park or drop anything bigger than 5 ft mandatory air.

165 lbs

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.

post #2 of 10
You trying to leave her behind? That's my first thought.
post #3 of 10

The rule of thumb for any binding is to be in the "sweet spot" of the DIN range. Not to max out one end or the other. If you were to run a 9.5 DIN on a 10 max I would be suspect. I found both binding for a $40 difference. For that price I would get the binding that better equates to my size and skier type. And yes the F's ski well both inbounds for that type of binding. 

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post
 

Boots are Dynafit Titan Ultralights with a 290 BSL

 

 

You have a stiff light AT Boot that you can put tech (Dynafit) blocks on.  Your boots will limit you before a Marker Tour 10 will.  And if weight is a factor why not go to a tech binding and embrace the light.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the comments guys. I just don't think I am ready to see the light for tech bindings just yet, but I have thought about it.
post #6 of 10

I have the F-12s, I've toured a handful of times with them and skied resort/slack country quite a bit. I like that binding. I'm about the same size/weight as you, I'd go for the 12 DIN myself. 

post #7 of 10

how would F12 EPF (14/15) compare to Baron 13 EPF?

 

is there big difference in performance?

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by cayzi View Post
 

how would F12 EPF (14/15) compare to Baron 13 EPF?

 

is there big difference in performance?

The F12 is based on the Squire platform…with a slightly taller DIN spring. The Squire is an adult binding (rated for 65lbs-235lbs), but really shines for tweeners and light women. Since you qualified yourself as someone that skis 80+% of your time inbounds I'm surprised that you care about weight. I would want a more robust binding; something like the Baron or the Guardian…..and I'd get some new boots.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Checking back in. I ended up going with a pair of Fritshci Vipecs that were a BC.com return on geartrade.com. They are much lighter than anything else and have a more alpine-like release. I shall report back when I have used them.  

post #10 of 10

Thumbs Up  Good move. You wont regret lightness when you graduate to real mountains (from a recent trip in New Zealand):

 

 

 

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