Gear Review

2 5

Heavy and hard to use if you tour a lot

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The duke is definitely a burly binding that skis well. There are other bindings of similar stature on the market that have fixed 2 of the main problems I have with this binding. The first issue is getting from walk to ski mode. Taking your boot out of the binding is not only annoying it can definitely be a safety issue on some tours. The second issue is that when you leave the ski binding combo in your car the water within the binding rails will freeze, bring a whippet to pry that open, or a strong leather man. I have had mine for about 5 years now and still use it on occasion just think there are some other options out there that offer similar retention and ski-ability that are a little more functional when touring.