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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Is anyone going to pick up the new AT binding from Marker. Is it any good?
post #2 of 19
The Dukes have been discussed here a bit, but I haven't seen any sign of anyone biting the bullet and making a purchase commitment just yet.

Well..........maybe Bushwacker, but I'm not sure he counts.
post #3 of 19
I know there was a group buy in the works at TGR. If it's good enogh for them, it should be good enough for anyone...................
post #4 of 19
They're on my wish list. Good chance I'll put them on my first AT setup if I can find a decent price.
post #5 of 19
Mine should be here next month.
post #6 of 19
I will have them.
post #7 of 19
I definitely plan on getting a pair.

A nice review of them is here:
http://www.thegearguru.com/index.php...owcontent&id=1
post #8 of 19
Already on order.
post #9 of 19
We had 12 pairs last season, took longer to unpack them and input them to stock than to sell them. I think this maybe the most signifiant development in binging design in years, certaily a must for Chamonix.
Other than the price(for some) and the weight(for some) and the fact you need to take out your boot to switch from ski to hike, i cant see any failures here, then we do return 10-20 pair of Fritchi Freerides a year, due to heavy use. Time will tell. We've got 40 pairs on order!
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
So this binding can ge used with a regular boot, right? You can use it to climb with skins on alpine skis?

Cost?

Would you use this binding on a ski that you would use at a ski area?
post #11 of 19
yes
yes
lots
yes
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
yes
yes
lots
yes
are you still talking about a binding?
post #13 of 19
yes.

As for MSRP it's $495.00 expect to see $429.00 as the going price.
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
are you still talking about a binding?
I am.

Epic, it sounds like you are going to buy it. Mansfield seems like a place to have this type of set up.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
Mansfield seems like a place to have this type of set up.
Maybe. But most of the hikes are so short it's hardly worth it to put on the skins and so on. I think the only time I'd skin on Mansfield is when there is windhold on the Gondi and I want to traverse out from the Lookout Double or the Triple. They'd be great in Austria and out west.

The other real advatage this binding has though is the wider mounting. It will increase the edging precision and power of fat skis. I'm probably going to mount a pair of Bridges with them and will definitely put them on my Goats and Katanas.
post #16 of 19
i got to demo a pair of the Dukes last season at Loveland during an Icelantic demo day.

now i've only been on a pair of Fritsche's one day prior for comparison, but the Dukes were burly. felt like a solid alpine binding.

i didn't tinker around with putting them in walk mode, though, as i only had 3 runs on the skis before i had to turn them back in, but the feel of the Dukes was definitely more stable than what i remember the Fritsches feeling like.
post #17 of 19
What is the stack height of the Duke compared to the Jester, and compared to the Marker 14.0 Free? Thanks.
post #18 of 19
I'm getting a set on a pair of 187 Blizzard Titan Argos. I can't wait to try those baby's out!!!
post #19 of 19
i thought the new Blizzard freeride series were integrated bindings...or are they integrated with Markers and you can choose between an alpine or AT binding?
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