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Gear Review

5 5

Still the King, err, Duke

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

Marker revolutionized the side country binding with the Duke, and it just continues to get better. A little wider, but still with the same performance of the regular Marker Jester, and corresponding confidence as you head down. The tradeoff for beefy alpine performance is weight, and this is certainly not the long tour option. I have Dynafits for long tours, but when it's a quick hike or three out the gate, or single short ski tour run, the Duke is the choice. The bonus is you can run this as your everyday binding, and you won't know the difference, aside from a little extra weight.