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New Marker touring binding and Volkls

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Still heavy and cumbersome to use. Will not replace Dynafit/tech for touring setups.
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Yes, it and other non-Dynafit set ups are heavier.
But for those who cannot go out and get a Dynafit compatible boot...
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Since this is a "beefy alpine style binding," it is not something you want for primarily AT skiing.  It is obviously aimed at the Duke market.  I would like to know about AT boot compatibility and how easy it is to switch the boot and climbing modes.

It seems to me that it is basically a sidecountry setup that, like the Dukes, will be used in the unlocked mode (if at all) mostly with alpine boots.  I see an awful lot of Dukes in the lift line, but virtually zero in the backcountry.   IMO, any semi-serious AT skiing (i.e. climbing for your turns, not traversing) requires an AT boot.

So now the options are:
 
1.  A total alpine setup

2.  A total AT setup

3.  AT boots and combo  (Marker/Fritschi) bindings
 
4.  Alpine boots and combo bindings
 
If you use #3 you are skiing the area in boots that either do not function very well, or are too heavy for comfortable climbing.  If you use #4 you are climbing in heavy uncomfortable boots.  If you want a usable one binding/one boot set up I think the crux of the biscuit is finding an AT boot that you can live with for 100% of your on-area skiing, because alpine boots for AT just does not cut it.  Anyway, that's my two cents from a guy who has been using alpine boots on an AT setup and AT boots for area skiing occasionally for the last 10 years.

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I've been mucking around with Duke/Fritschi bindings and AT boots (Garmont Adrenaline) for about 4 seasons and have learnt the hard (expensive?) way that light is right.  The next AT setup will be Dynafit/tech compatible.  If you are serious about backcountry AT'ing (not lift assisted slackcountry), go straight to Dynafit/tech, do not pass go.
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