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By Zach Pickard
From Riverside, California
Mar 4, 2013
Roof romp
Anyone have any Experience with these. Im looking into getting into touring but dont have 1500 bucks to throw at Dynafit boots and bindings and have hear nothing good from the Duke binding corner.


current set up is Marker Jesters on 11/12 185 JJ's with Lange xt130s.

Ive read pretty much every review about them just looking for some more first hand feedback

Also Thinking About Armada Bubbas anyone have experience with em?

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By PatCleary
From Rohnert Park, CA
Mar 4, 2013
I don't have any experience with these, but... What are you looking to do in them? Some side country skiing or real tours? I only have a couple weekends in the back country, but from the little experience I have, these look like an inefficient, painful experience waiting to happen on long-ish tours. Also, with an alpine binding, you're going to need alpine boots. The comfort level difference between my AT boots and my downhill boots is huge. A couple weeks back I did several thousand feet of hiking, skinning and hiking in crampons in comfort, this weekend I dreaded the walk from the car to the first lift.

Honestly, at $280 I'd look into a set of Dynafit bindings (I just got a brand new pair of Vertical STs for a hundred bucks more), and find a cheap set of used Dynafit compatible boots.

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By Peter Hurtgen
From Fort Collins, CO
Mar 5, 2013
at the rap from yellow spur
Do not get the mfd's and the dukes kinda suck but they work... It's what I use cause I don't wanna by a whole new setup. Look at te salomon guardian or whatever it's called. My friend has them and he says they work well!

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By Andrew Mayer
Mar 5, 2013
top of mt. lady washington - rmnp
Really depends on how much you plan on touring and how aggressively you plan on skiing when you do tour. I know the MFD plate is popular with the super hard charging crowd that wants an alpine binding for the descent and even a duke/guardian isn't burly enough.

I toured for a season with alpine boots and dukes. its doable, but far from enjoyable on long tours. Have been on a dynafit setup ever since and don't think I'll ever go back (which seems to be a common attitude amongst dynafit converts).

Fritschi bindings can be a decent compromise between a heavy sucks to tour setup (duke/guardian/MFD) and a considerably lighter dynafit set up
(currently on sale at backcountry - backcountry.com/black-diamond-...

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By mmainer
Mar 5, 2013
The MFD plate is probably fine for backcountry/sidecountry use a few days per year. But if you're already spending $300 might as well just spend a little more for a pair of Dukes. The problem with the MFD is that the pivot point is quite a ways forward (so is awkward for touring) while the place is not all that rigid (compared to how a Duke mounds to the ski). Dukes are heavy but they work well. And of course, unless you're a very large guy who skis their equipment really hard, a binding with a 16 DIN is pretty much overkill.

There are enough Tech bindings and boots out there I'd be surprised if you couldn't find something cheap and used.

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By Morgan Patterson
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Mar 5, 2013
Stoked...
I picked up a pair of the Salomon Trackers (Atomic Guardian) bindings for my Bent Chetlers this season. I've only done several shorter (1-2 hr) hikes with them but overall I'm super impressed. Solid binding I've only had come off my feet when they were supposed to and I've been stomping cliffs all season at Jay Peak. Pivot point feels good and honestly no complaints other then the weight but whatever I can't stomp cliffs in Dynas yet so there's no great option. I haven't done any full day touring in them but I'm sure if I did I might have some issues like there's no true flat foot'ed stance - in this mode the binding locks back down.

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By Zach Pickard
From Riverside, California
Mar 5, 2013
Roof romp
Ive heard that those Fretchi bindings Can Shatter when they get too cold....

Im looking for a SideCountry type set up. Im looking for a set up for Places like Superior in Alta UT Or around here in Aspen. Something that gets me out for half day type tours.

im in these boots: lange-boots.com/US/US/xt-130_L...

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By PatCleary
From Rohnert Park, CA
Mar 5, 2013
Alternatively, if you're just looking to get out and get onto it, I have a pair of Rossignol B3's with Naxo NX01 bindings, and G3 skins that I could be convinced to part with (decided I wanted a Dynafit setup after doing 3k feet in these). They're not a new setup by any means, but they'd be cheap, and get you out there. The NX01's will take a standard alpine boot (but ouch). Let me know if you're interested, I'll be in LA this weekend.

Patrick

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By BGardner
From Colorado
Mar 5, 2013
Zach Pickard wrote:
Ive heard that those Fretchi bindings Can Shatter when they get too cold....


Fritschi bindings have been around a long time. I highly doubt they shatter. Personally I've seen more broken Marker bindings then Frischi, and none of them "shattered".

Do you need Din 16? If not then don't get the Dukes. Marker also makes the Baron and the Tour.

I have no experience with the Salomon/Atomic bindings but they look slick and a lot of people like them.

IN short, my experience is:
Fritschi are the most user friendly
Marker are the most "solid" (but you'd have to rip really hard to tell the difference)

Personally, I use Dynafit.

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