Solid sidecountry setup
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've got a pair of last year's dukes on my all mountain skis, and a pair of this year's models on my powder skis. Both have been solid bindings, and I've had zero issues with them. In terms of skiing, I don't notice any difference between last year's dukes and this year's model. They definitely are heavier than your dedicated AT bindings, but they are super solid in the resorts and in skiing big lines, which makes the weight worth it for me. I've done short to full-day tours with these - I definitely notice the weight compared to a lightweight AT rig, but it isn't such an issue that I can't keep up. The heel riser is easy enough to adjust with a pole, and the flat/ mid/ high positions seem just right on the skin track
In terms of these vs. Guardians/ Trackers, I can say that I've had no complaints with the dukes, and they have the benefit of being on the market for several generations.