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Pulling the Fritsche = Which binding?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm pulling my Fritsche FR +'s (small) from my first-generation goats (183) this summer. I've finally accepted the realization that a binding upgrade would really serve that ski well.

Anyone know how fritsche's screw-patterns relate to dukes or looks? Are there any "Don't try to remount with whatever" suggestions?

I also plan on buying a tree/pow-specific/(maybe touring) ski this summer, too. Whether I mount it with a duke or a P18, the fritsche coming off my goat would really make my day. (My other ski is a Jet Fuel, fwiw.)

What do you guys think, am I nuts? Should I just keep my fritsche on my goats and smile? I just don't like that binding and see no reason why I prefer it to others... aside from lightness... but I don't camp anymore.

My next ski will be along the lines of a Double Helix, a Kingswood Fat, ARG or a Praxis Hybrid.
post #2 of 8
The Dukes are not enough of an "upgrade" to warrant drilling 18 new holes in your skis. Keep the Fritschi until the ski and binding are both done if you ask me. Then, you can mount a new pair of skis with the new version of the Duke next year. (God, I hope they tweaked it!)
post #3 of 8
The Duke is a HUGE upgrade over a Fritsche when it comes to lateral rigidity and ski response. HUGE. It also tours pretty much equally well... it's about a pound heavier (for a pair), however, so you're adding some weight.

If there were 'major' issues with the Duke people would be screaming from the roof tops about how "Marker blew it"... they aren't. It's the best serious ski binding that allows touring made, by a landslide. The Duke rocks.

If you don't skin I'd mount a P18, I like a low stack height.

I wouldn't worry much about old holes, the Fritsche has a really L-O-N-G mount pattern, a P18 will be inside the old holes, the Duke is different enough to avoid much interference.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Cheers, guys. I am thinking a P18ish and then mounting a duke on my next ski. That info about the P18 fitting nicely with Fritsche's L-O-N-G mount pattern is what I was chasing. I think it'd be quite the upgrade given how much I don't foresee that ski touring in the future. I'd rather have a bigger touring set up.
post #5 of 8
P18s were great bindings PX 18s may be an improvement. Simply the most responsive binding I have ever skied.
post #6 of 8
Probably the right choice to go with an alpine binder since Dukes hole pattern is entirely different.

If you intend to tour down the road better keep the Freerides and get an adequate ski for it as dedicated AT setup instead shelling out big bucks for a pair of Dukes. Have 190 Gots with Dukes but no way I would like to climb big verticals on that heavy-a** setup. Just short lift-accessed ascents as it is purposed for.
post #7 of 8
If a touring binding is still the objective and weight a concern wait until the Baron comes out and check it out.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by mnbadknees View Post
If a touring binding is still the objective and weight a concern wait until the Baron comes out and check it out.
Or try the REAL touring binding, Dynafit!

Dave
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