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Gear Review

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So far so good!

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

I was skeptical of the Baron because of more plastic in the construction and inability to run a high din. I also have a set of 2010 Dukes and there really isn't any difference in performance between the two. The baron does feel a tad lighter on the up and has great performance on the way down. If you are a lighter skier (I'm 135 lbs for reference) looking to save a few pennies over the duke then this binding is a great option. These bindings make a great sidecountry binding, but I do long slogs on them too.

So far so good!
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Looking to get my first AT bindings. I am worried about the weight ratings. I am 6'2", 205 with out a pack. The Marker Duke EPF has a weight rating of 135lb.??? Is that right? Can anyone fill me in on the best for a heavy skiier?

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Personally I have broken a pair of Dukes (shop mount error), so I can attest that they are not foolproof bomber, but they are burlier in the right places for someone that's bigger. Much of it does come down to skiing style. If you ski a lot of backcountry and ski with a lot of fitness, you could get away with the Baron or Tour to save some weight. There is much more plastic in the Tour than the Baron and much less plastic in the Duke. At 205 I would definitely go with the Duke if this is going to be a Resort/Slackcountry setup for some added durability. The weight rating on the duke is a "minimum" of 135, so it?s exactly what you are looking for. I wouldn't be concerned with low end ratings. The low end rating is on there for minimum DIN settings based on the ability/height/weight specs.