Route Guide - iPhone / Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New - School of Rock
Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
AT bindings.
View Latest Posts in This Forum or All Forums
   Page 1 of 1.  
Follow replies to this topic? Notify me at the top of web site.
1

Email me.
 
By Kilroywashere!
From Harrisonburg, Virginia
Jan 4, 2011
Kilroy

looking at some bindings that i could skin with every now and then, but mostly use in the resort on the groomers.
i was looking at these
www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/ski/bindings/fritsc>>>
but, am not really sure what to do.


FLAG
By nhbrooks
Jan 4, 2011

I have the Eagles and use them inbounds sometimes, (I work as a lifty) and they do fine. However, there are some draw backs.

The Eagle shines in the backcountry due to the weight savings and ergonomics. Inbounds, these traits aren't a deal breaker, but there is less stiffness, a less aggressive stance, and a higher foot location in relation to your skis. Long term durability may be an issue also.

The Freeride or the Maker Duke might be a better choice for majority inbounds use. Both bindings are much beefier in terms of performance and durability. The Eagle will work since it has an excellent release system that mimics many alpine bindings.


FLAG
By Kilroywashere!
From Harrisonburg, Virginia
Jan 5, 2011
Kilroy

are the freeride pro's an at binding? or just a downhill? i was kind of confused on that one. i'll probably only be skinning in them a few times a year so resort bomberness is key versus feeling like a lightweight touring binding.
my main idea is just to use these at dolly sods and at canaan valley. but i really would still like the bombproofness on the groomers.


FLAG
By Andrew Gram
Administrator
From Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 5, 2011
Andrew Gram

Freerides are AT bindings. Those would be your best bet for most inbounds skiing, though I am using an old pair of Titanal III(old version of the Eagle) and they are fine too. Unless you are racing or spending a lot of time crashing going off kickers badly, just about any AT binding is going to be just fine for groomers.


FLAG
By JonathanC
From CO
Jan 5, 2011

Unless you need a super beefy DIN, you might consider the Marker Barons. It's the same as the Duke, but with a lower max DIN.

The Baron/Duke line have great downhill performance and provide the option to skin-- that being said, they are heavier than many options out there. But if you're looking to have a quiver of one with the ability to skin, it seems like a good fit.

You might be able to find some on Craigslist. I might have a pair of Barons that I could sell you. PM if interested.


FLAG
By Jason Killgore
From boulder, co
Jan 5, 2011

marker also has the newer FT10/12. I think these would be the best bet for a mostly-resort ski. They are burlier than Fritschi, but lighter than the more aggressive markers.


FLAG
By Benjamin Aiken
Feb 7, 2011

what up guys,

Im not a fan of the Ft10/1s unless you are doing long tours. If your going to do slack country and short tours then barons or dukes will work fine. the FT10/12 are lighter buy not as durable as the barons or dukes. If you google some of the down falls with the FT10/12 you will see what i mean. Im in the same boat as you, looking for AT bindings. Im just doing slack contry and short tours, im not a hucker or anything so the Dukes might be a little over kill. that just my 2 cents, take it for what its worth. Any one know a good dicount code or a coupon or anything that will save some money? iwould love to hear your opinion on the FT10/12 vs baron vs duke.

Shred,

Ben


FLAG
By JonathanC
From CO
Feb 7, 2011

Bob - you forgot to include "bro", "brah", "pro-deal", and "gnar"

Doesn't that make it easier to decide now?


FLAG
By Evan S
From Erie, CO
Feb 7, 2011
Me, of course

Buy the Marker Barons, a din over 13 will only break your knees and the Freerides are still more of a touring binding than a dedicated resort piece.


FLAG
By JonathanC
From CO
Feb 7, 2011

I think no matter how much a marketing department would like you to believe that their company has the perfect product for you needs, you're always going to find some drawbacks and some advantages to whatever system you end up in.
Last weekend I saw a guy boot-packing/postholing alongside a skin track for a few thousand vertical and a few miles because he had straight downhill bindings. But he was out there getting the goods. While that wasn't an ideal setup, I had to admire his energy and willingness to be out there.
So, as Bob pointed out in his summarized post, there's sometimes no making sense of all the information out there. But what's been written in this thread is helpful as a starting point...let's just leave telemarking out of the discussion because my fragile ego can't handle the jokes, taunts and jeers that will assuredly ensue.


FLAG
By IHeartClimbing
Mar 31, 2011

Have you looked into a pair of Alpine Trekkers? I have a pair of Look Pilots that I really love on my sticks and when I wanted to start doing BC I was not keen on changing my setup.
This is partially because I am about 200lbs and have had problems breaking the toe pieces on less solid bindings. I also like the lateral heel release on the Looks. I just have some Alpines that I can snap right into my looks that allow me to keep the setup that I LOVE. Its not the slickest looking setup in the world but I know that I would rather be skiing down on a really solid pair of bindings than some less than bomber AT setup.


FLAG


Follow replies to this topic? Notify me at the top of web site.
1

Email me.
Page 1 of 1.