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Marker F12 EPF - Anyone here have experience with these?

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I've got a pair of Marker F12's on some older Rossi S86 that I use strictly for back country out of Schweitzer. I just got a new pair of Rossi Experience 88's and want to put AT bindings on them. My thinking is I want to put a new pair of F12 EPF's on these skis but I will be using them mostly for in-bounds. My concern is whether they're a solid enough binding for groomed/firmer surfaces. I'm fine with them for bc but have some trepidation about the F12 for inbounds, carving turns. With the EPF, I think it should be a more torsionally stiff binding setup than my older version so I think it should work for a mostly inbounds ski. Anyone use these for inbounds? Thoughts?

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I have the exact same plan as you, putting some FP 12s on a pair of MX 108s primarily for side country  use, and only intend to  use them under soft snow conditions. I'm reasonably comfortable with this plan, but readily admit to some trepidation, as I have zero experience with the bindings.  Not much help - sorry, but I do think they should be fine if hard snow is avoided as much as possible.  If you're still concerned, you could always upgrade to the beefier Dukes/Barons.

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Originally Posted by Paul Lutes View Post
 

I have the exact same plan as you, putting some FP 12s on a pair of MX 108s primarily for side country  use, and only intend to  use them under soft snow conditions. I'm reasonably comfortable with this plan, but readily admit to some trepidation, as I have zero experience with the bindings.  Not much help - sorry, but I do think they should be fine if hard snow is avoided as much as possible.  If you're still concerned, you could always upgrade to the beefier Dukes/Barons.

 

Thanks for your response. I do have a pair on some other skis but they're the older, non-EPF frame. They would seem to be a little torsionally soft, I think, for firmer snow. Maybe that's just my biased perception but, that's why I want the newer model. I don't think going Dukes or Barons would really make a difference as it's the same design and platform as those, just a lighter DIN range and some material differences with the lighter springs and hollow parts rather than fully cast. Actually, knowing that the Dukes/Barons work fine with the EPF frame actually should assure that the F12 would be fine, too. I've talked with a couple of shop guys I know and they're in agreement that they work fine on in-bounds conditions so I'm going to go that route.

 

As for you not having any experience with them, the reason I want the new version on my new skis is that I really like the functionality of my old ones. They work much better than an older pair of Naxos I had and are a well built binding. For all the negative talk Marker has had in years past, I don't think it applies now. Good luck and have a great winter!

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