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Is a deal staring me in the face?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
My local ski shop has Marker Dukes for 320, but I am friends with the manager and he said that he could take 50 off the price, so 270 for me.

Would I be crazy to leave the deal? If I get the bindings, Legend Pro Riders will be in the pipeline...

thoughts? recommendations?
post #2 of 20
that is a pretty good deal. If $270 is in your budget, get the bindings.
post #3 of 20
The Duke sold out last year before X-Mas. For the most part they went at full pop so $270 is pretty good. IF you need/want the AT feature, then buy the Dukes.

If you don't need or want the AT feature, you can buy a good LOOK binding (like a PX-15 or so) for less and have a better binding.

JMHO....of course........

SJ
post #4 of 20
If you are interested in skinning with a binding that is a rock solid alpine binding, you'd be certifiably nuts not to do it.

If skinning is not in the picture, then why bother? You have extra lift, weight, moving parts, etc.... Unless you just want a silly good price you can take advantage of if you sell the skis at the end of the season...
post #5 of 20
I'm revoking your gear whore card just for asking... Post receipt for Dukes to have your card reinstated
post #6 of 20
It's only a deal if you actually use them for their intended purpose. Dukes are heavy and not a really good AT binding because you have to take them off to switch modes. As noted, they are also an overbuilt alpine binding, and there are cheaper/better options for strict alpine use. The Dukes are great for a very limited specific purpose. Unless that is your intended use you will just be spending money to look cool in the lift line.
post #7 of 20

270 is a bargain

from mudfoot:
"Unless that is your intended use you will just be spending money to look cool in the lift line."
then is really a STEAL..........people spend $1000's for that
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by duke walker View Post
from mudfoot:
"Unless that is your intended use you will just be spending money to look cool in the lift line."
then is really a STEAL..........people spend $1000's for that
You mean like.................(?)

"Doood.....howyaliken' them Dukes? Man....I hear they're like cooool."

Or...................

"Say....those are some fine bindings you have there. Do you come here often?....BTW what's yer sign?"

Not sayin'.............jus wonderin'..........

SJ
post #9 of 20
If you aren't going to use them for their intended purpose, then you have been ripped off.

Unless you buy them and sell them on ebay for more.
post #10 of 20
$270.00 for a Duke is a SCREAMING good deal. Period.

If you don't use them to tour you bought something you did not need for a great deal. That makes you a foolish consumer, not a 'ripped off' consumer.
post #11 of 20
$270 is a very good deal for Dukes. They sold out last year and Marker will undoubtedly jack up production and flood the market a bit more this year, but as of right now it is a screaming deal. The question is, are they a screaming deal on something you need? If you don't have skins then you will need to also buy some to use the free heel function of the Dukes. IMO, if you own Dukes but not skins, then you have them just to look cool in the lift line.

OTOH, you can always rationalize the purchase by the fact that they have a wider footprint and therefore supposedly drive fat skis so well that they are worth it even if you never unlock the heels. If you buy them but don't get skins, just make sure you loudly drop the term "sidecournty" at least once in every lift line.

All kidding aside, it's a great deal, so definitely buy them if you'll use'm.
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Okay thanks for the replies. Here is my conundrum. I have two options as far as bindings go. Get the Dukes, or use an old pair of Look Pivot 7.0s that I have laying around(as far as I can tell, identical to Pivot 10s, but with a "MaxPlate" that could hopefully be removed?)

Obviously the advantage to sticking with the Looks would be they are essentially free. The negatives would be the low din. I have a pair of SL skis with Pivot 12s that I have set at 8, so these would probably be set anywhere from 8-10.

I am interested in the freeheels of the Dukes because I will be going to college in Colorado (or somewhere in the west) in 2 years and will most certainly be doing some slack country and will want something that I can skin with.

Am I better off spending the money now on the Dukes or using the old Looks for now and then buying something different in a few years?

How do the Dukes compare to the Looks as far as performance goes? Will I notice much a difference carving or in the pow?

Thanks
post #13 of 20
While your thinking about it, you better go buy the Dukes. You can sell them here if you change your mind.

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
While your thinking about it, you better go buy the Dukes. You can sell them here if you change your mind.

this is option number 3...
post #15 of 20
Two cents worth more from a cynic: AT crossover boots and the Duke type bindings are the newest and fastest changing area of ski equipment. If you are buying them in anticipation of using them in two years there is a good chance that the technology will be significantly different by then and you will not want the old Dukes anymore.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by spyderracer393 View Post

How do the Dukes compare to the Looks as far as performance goes? Will I notice much a difference carving or in the pow?
The Dukes do everything that a regular alpine binder can do for us regular folks. I threw the Dukes on a pair of Gotamas and use that as my everyday combo by now. They ski really solid and I didn't notice any deflection or other deficits when comparing to my Solly binders.

If you can get them dirt cheap go for them.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by spyderracer393 View Post
Okay thanks for the replies. Here is my conundrum. I have two options as far as bindings go. Get the Dukes, or use an old pair of Look Pivot 7.0s that I have laying around(as far as I can tell, identical to Pivot 10s, but with a "MaxPlate" that could hopefully be removed?)
How is spending way less than 270 on more solid alpine binders not an option?
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by torfinn View Post
How is spending way less than 270 on more solid alpine binders not an option?
I suppose spending way than than 270 on alpine bindings is also an option...

In that case, they would be PX12s or PX14s.
post #19 of 20
No offense but Dukes on LP's in the mid west for 2 years then you will use them out west? Just get an appropriate alpine setup for now and buy a new setup when you move for college.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
I have SL skis that I will use out here. The LPs will not touch the 'snow' east of the mississippi.
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