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Had to skim over a few posts in this thread but it doesn't look like anyone has mentioned the Marker Tour 12.  

 

I always find myself trying to decide whether to put Dukes or Dynafits on a ski (both are good bindings but they each serve a very specific purpose in my quiver) the Tour 12 was a nice option to have.  I think it Tours as well as the Freeride+ but skis better.  I haven't skied the new Freeride Pro so it might be comparable.

 

Your weight and skiing style will certainly affect the decision as well.  If you're hard on gear and/or heavy Duke is probably your best option for most uses.

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Had to skim over a few posts in this thread but it doesn't look like anyone has mentioned the Marker Tour 12.  

 

Probably because almost no one has skied it.

 

 

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If you're hard on gear and/or heavy Duke is probably your best option for most uses.

 

Do you think the Duke is stronger/more durable than Dynafits?  If so, why? 

 

 

post #64 of 67

Fair enough, Bob.  I skied them several days last season and was quite impressed.

 

I've definitely heard of a higher percentage of Dynafits having breakage issues than Dukes but almost all of those issues were with bigger/heavier folks who were known gear abusers. Just my personal experience.

 

Like I said, Duke and Dynafit are both good bindings that serve a pretty specific purpose. Both exist in my quiver.

 

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Fair enough, Bob.  I skied them several days last season and was quite impressed.

 

I'll be interested in what I hear/see about them this year.

 

 

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I've definitely heard of a higher percentage of Dynafits having breakage issues than Dukes but almost all of those issues were with bigger/heavier folks who were known gear abusers. Just my personal experience.

 

What I've heard is that it seems about even - but both pretty low.  

 

 

 

post #66 of 67

tysont,  I have AT skis with both Duke and Freeride + (4 years with Freerides and 3 years with Dukes).  My take is that the Marker Tour 12 is functionally identical to the Duke/Baron bindings but lighter, so the following comments are made with that in mind. .The Freeride is more functional in tour mode than the Duke, easier to enagage and disengage climb mode and the climbing bar is far superior (easier to engage, change heights and a better range of heights.  Both the Duke/Baron and Freeride suffer from Frankenstride, probably due to the stack height and location of the pivot point a fair distance in fornt of the toe of the boot.  The lighter weight of the Tour 12 is certainly welcome and I'll probably dump my pair of Dukes for the Tour 12 on my slack country rigs as I don't need the DIN that the Duke goes to (usually I set at 8).  I have done some X-C skiing and the low stack height and pivot close to the toe of the boot certainly makes touring much easier and I'm certain that this would equally apply to Dynafit/Tech bindings.  Hence, my next dedicated AT rig will be Dynafit.

post #67 of 67
Frankenstride... That is a very descriptive and accurate term. I switched from freerides to dynafit a while ago. But one day last winter I toured on my old freerides and that is exactly how it felt. Wasn't doing much vert so the weight thing wasn't that noticeable. The other thing I noticed was just how noisy the freerides were compared to the dynafits when touring. But I have to say, I heart the freeride climbing bar. Could be that it was my first AT binder so let's hear it for nolstalgia.
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