Bomber, but needs some work
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Straight out of the box they are clearly bomber. The metal construction is the torisionally stiffest touring binding I have used. In bounds they are everything you could ask for; durable construction, super responsive, and keep you locked in. When you flick them into touring mode is when you start to to notice the flaws. The heel risers fell down every quarter mile or some, not causing any major problems, but added a minor hassle that left a bitter taste in my mouth at some particularly precarious moments along my tour. The weight is VERY noticeable and this is coming from a person that uses Dukes regularly. I hope future models will see creative ways of reducing weight without compromising performance. I will be adding some soft material to dampen the notorious clack sound as well. There were also some icing problems. The snow was moist and packed in under the toe pivot. Snow was cleared easily, but did require me to remove my skis rather than smoothly transition without the need to remove them.
On the plus side the ski/tour mode will absolutely keep you locked in and I dont see a way you could accidentally go into tour mode. The stride of these feels much more natural than any of the Marker offerings.
Market Recommendation: If you are looking for a binding that will be used 80% resort and 20% sidecountry touring this is an incredibly competitive binding in the bomber AT group.
Refinement needs/concerns: Heel riser improvement, ski/tour mode spring longevity, weight.