Freeride Touring Binding
Marker Duke PT 16

The ski industry has gone through several periods of rapid development. The rise of the fiberglass ski, the development of modern alpine bindings, massive advances in boot technology are some of the obvious examples. You could argue that, since the release of the original Duke binding in 2007, we’ve seen a similar revolution happening within the realm of alpine touring.

The Duke was one of the first frame bindings on the market, and the newest incarnation is a forerunner of the latest hybrid binding technology.

The Duke takes a different approach than the Salomon shift. They have a full pin binding setup that an alpine toe can be mounted on top of. It’s very similar to the CAST system paired with Pivot bindings but just sold in one package. The toe piece can be flipped up for ascents or is totally removable if you prefer to save weight at the risk of dropping them on the skin track.

It can feel disconcerting to look at the detached toe piece, but the overall construction is up to the Royal Family standard that you see in the Jester and the Griffon. Magnesium housing, a full 6-16 DIN range, and compatibility with normal alpine boots and GripWalk makes it a totally acceptable downhill binding as well.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Things we like:

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    Alpine performance with easier uphill access than a frame binding
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    Removable toe piece to save weight uphill

Things we don't like:

  • check-markRisk of losing your toe piece if you take it off
  • check-markYou need to take your skis off to transition

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Specs & Features

  • Type: Touring/Alpine
  • Weight: 1350g (1050g without toe piece)
  • Din Range: 6-16
  • Boot sole type: Alpine, Touring, GripWalk
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Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.4

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Alpine performance with easier uphill access than a frame binding
  • check-mark
    Removable toe piece to save weight uphill

Things we don't like:

  • check-markRisk of losing your toe piece if you take it off
  • check-markYou need to take your skis off to transition

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