New Marker touring binding and Volkls
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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.