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Marker MRR bindings

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have a pair of Marker MRR race bindings. I have not yet had the opportunity to ski on them. I would like to ask anybody out there that has been skiing on these bindings if they are any good. I have heard that they tend to release in deep snow. Is this true?
post #2 of 11
for the most part a binding doens't know if you are on ice or in deep snow. With all things being equal Markers do lean towards release vs. retention but if you got tehm, I would use them vs. going ot and buying a new pair. but FWIW, MRR's are maual locking heels..that is the downfall with MRR's in deep snow. With that said, Which MRR's? 4 pivot? Twincam? Step-ins? SC's? I just mounted up some twincams on a second pair of skis. But these are for hard snow use only. All seems fine.
post #3 of 11
MRR's over the past few years have all been Step-In's. The way of the mannual bend over and pull it up, has long been gone.
MRR's are great bindings and I have skied for over the past 15 years using the various designs of this bindings. I will say that getting out of the newer step-in MRR's is slighly more difficult than a standard step in.
I will always praise the old mannual MRR's for ease of entry in deep snow. The key to that is that you did not need to put much pressure on the binding in order to get in. How many times have you or have you seen someone struggle stepping back into thier binding in deep snow. I usually would sit right down in the snow and put my ski on like a slipper. Gently pulling up the heel piece. Of course you had to be flexible to do this.
I would not go back to old mannuals but in a pinch I would still use them.
post #4 of 11
Have 'em, have had 'em over the last 10, never had any problems. I weigh about 200, ski hard, my din is set at about 8.5 (what the charts recommend) and have never had a prerelease.
post #5 of 11
No Offence, making the MRR a step in is like putting a automatic transmission in a Porsche. The MRR as a step in defeats the purpose of that binding. The MRR was a lightweight binding and when they added the Step in mechanism it added alot of weight. Also the Step-in didn't allow the heel to rotate as easily as the origional.
post #6 of 11
MRRs are fine bindings. I don't think you have anything to worry about.

That said, I had some older bindings of the manual pull-up type (there must be an actual name for them, but I don't know what it is). Anyway, when I wanted to transfer them to a new pair of skis a couple years ago, I couldn't find a ski shop that would do it - they said it was for liability reasons. I mean come ON. Anyway, I completely agree that they are the BEST for when you want to get back into a binding in deep powder. I love em. LOVE em. Does Marker still make bindings like that - anyone know?
post #7 of 11
The only reason Bonyfloopjack has MRRs is because he stole them from my shop!!! They used to be mine and I was going to mount them on a pair of MY skis! :

That's dirty pool man.

post #8 of 11
Phil writes that putting the step in mechanism on the MRR only added weight and mentioned that this defeated the purpose of the MRR. Actually the MRR is still one of the lighter weight modern bindings available and I chose to use it for the past three years because of the shortened mounting 'footprint' it leaves on your skis. I say you get an extra inch or so of flexing ski by having virtually none of binding extending past your boot heal. Maybe something to think about in this era of ever shortening skis.
post #9 of 11
I have some older M48 on a pair of straight Vokl's. How are they compared to the MRR? I don't recall ever seeing MRR bindings at the shops; are they something you have to ask for?
post #10 of 11
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ryel:
Are they something you have to ask for?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You need to know the special handshake.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the replies. Cera F is a little bipolar.
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