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March up, then rule the downhill with an iron fist.

With the reliability of a dedicated 13-DIN alpine binding and the free-heel freedom of a binder built for touring, the Marker Baron Ski Binding can slide up a skin track and blast a fifteen-footer in the same run. This lower-weight version of the acclaimed Marker Duke binding gives lighter big-mountain skiers a refuge from the fragility of low-calorie AT shackles. With wide brakes and an integrated three-position climbing wire, the Baron isn’t just versatile—it’s the complete corduroy-to-couloir solution.

  • The unique plate-touring mechanism can't release into touring mode while your foot is in the binding
  • Compact design results in a more responsive feel thanks to a reduced stack height
  • Flip into touring mode and the binding shifts backwards 3cm to increase your uphill climbing efficiency
  • The Baron's connection brackets mount directly into your ski so your power goes from boot, to binding, to ski, and all without altering the true flex of your boards
  • Slap the Baron on a pair of fat skis and feel the increased edge control of the Baron's wide footprint

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5 5

Solid binding.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive had these on a pair of PB&Js for almost 2 seasons now and really havent had any of these 'Marker problems' I keep hearing about. Whether or not I got lucky remains to be seen but I can definitely say I have had a lot of fun on these touring around New Zealand and in Japan. They've performed well for me in all aspects of touring in both up hill and downhill. Given Im not the heaviest of guys I didnt see the need for the Duke as I would have rather had a lighter binding. I disagree with some people who say if you want to tour you have to go for a tech binding as for some its just not financially viable to do so and this is a great comprimise.

They've been pretty durable and all the touring aspects of this binding are ridiculously simple to use. They can ice up, sometimes, but I usually have a multi-tool or something on me to quickly clear any built up snow.

In all they're a great down hill binding, they release when they should and dont give you any rude shocks. They work well up hill and if you were wanting something lighter you'd probably be in a Tech binding anyway. Definitely would recommend for someone who wants it as a first touring binding as it was for me. Its nothing too fancy but it doesnt need to be.

do you have a baron with 115mm of brake,?...

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do you have a baron with 115mm of brake,? I need it for a rossignol s7

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Marker sells brakes separately that should fit the S7. I was looking for the same thing for some older Line EP Pros and was referred to the Marker Site. Good luck!

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You can also look up video on youtube that tell you how to bend your brakes if you don't wnat to buy a new pair.

3 5

Heavy But bomber

They are a little heavy and trying to get them back into alpine mode is very difficult. However they are great for alpine. As for them being alpine touring bindings they are not the best.

3 5

Not very sturdy for amount of weight

I love these bindings... however, you will be 1.5 inches taller than a downhill binding, and I thought these things were heavy duty? I am on my 4th set of these bindings just in the 2013 season. These are not meant for going big but a solid hybrid between on and off-piste. You will feel the extra weight when they are on your back

1 5

Just switch to Dynafit.

If you want to hike just buy a pair of Dynafits. I have skied Dynafit boots and bindings on a 110mm under foot ski in a foot of powder and felt more secure than with the Barons cranked up to 10 in a pair of super stiff Lange race boots.

The Barons have pre-released on me multiple times. In fact, the first day I went out on these things I went to touch my toes and the heel broke free. They totally ice up while hiking, even on a warm evening, and it is a pain to get the binding locked back down into downhill mode.

If you are going to drop cliffs, buy a pair of Dukes I suppose. If you are anyone else, get a Dynafit setup and ski it in and out of bounds and you will be set.

4 5

Awesome Binding

Love these bindings Never have had a problem with them the only thing that has happened is the supports to the heel piece have chipped away a little but it does not affect anything.

Awesome Binding
4 5

Great Binding

I'm 6,4" 230lbs and I've been using the Barons for an all around binding for three years now with many miles of hike on them there still going strong. The only draw back is the weight.

Great Binding <br/>

Trying to decide between these and the...

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Trying to decide between these and the Tour F10. I am 5,5" 120lbs, somewhat aggressive skier, but not dropping cliffs or anything. What would be the advantage of these over the F10? ( Deciding against the F12 because I never put my DIN above 8, if even that)

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I am 6'3" and just under 200 lbs and have been using the Tour F10 bindings this season and haven't had any issues with them. I have taken a few small drops and skied on them pretty hard a few days, even at resorts, and they have been great. The advantage of these in my opinion is that they can be used as an every day resort binding as well as a solid touring binding with more solid results.

3 5

Cheap, easy way to get into an AT set-up

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put these on a pair of Scott Punishers a few years ago, and they are not making it through. I have bindings on skis that are 10-15 years old that are still doing the trick. However, this is another story. I'm 6 ft 2 in and just over 200 lbs, and these didn't handle the job. I've had plastic break on both bindings (right under the toe piece). Bindings still work, but it's going to go soon.

On the east coast, my back/sidecountry days are limited, and these mostly saw time inbounds. I just mounted Look bindings (http://www.backcountry.com/look-pivot-14-ski-binding) on Volkl Katanas, and am very pleased. They are heavy, but worth it. I'll keep the Barons going for strictly backcountry days.

4 5

Nice compromise - touring/bomber

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

I have a pair on my DPS 112 Pures and a pair on some old Dynastar Legend Pros. It pained me to put these on my ultra light DPS boards, but I'm going to use them mainly for in-bounds skiing w/ some touring/side country work. The pair on my Legend Pros have been put through their paces in-bounds with some work touring. I find the bindings to be bomber for high speed skiing in crud/pow. Obviously, these would not be the choice for a touring setup, where the Plumb bindings would be more ideal. Overall, they do their job and give me the flexibility to tour (btw, I'm 140lbs).

Does anyone know a general boot size range...

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Does anyone know a general boot size range between the large and small Baron binding size? I wear size 8.5 or 9 (27ish) Head Vector LTD boots. I am assuming the small will work but want to make sure.

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Click on the link to the size chart in the upper left hand side by the price. All the sizing info is listed there.

5 5

Great setup

  • Gender: Male

These are perfect for getting into AT gear without having to get a full new setup. Clearly a lower din setting for a lighter skier. If your aggressive or weigh more you would be better off going with the duke but for a relatively lighter skier going for an AT setup that will hold well and not break the bank these are great.

My boot sole length is 315. Should I get...

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My boot sole length is 315. Should I get the small or large size? Thanks.

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I would get the small, its a little lighter and still will accommodate your boot sole length. According to some reviews http://www.wildsnow.com/1650/marker-duke-ski-bindings/ the small would be the way to go for any BSL under 320mm.

5 5

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.

5 5

Awesome!

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

These bindings may not be the lightest touring binding out there, but they are great with the majority of my time inbounds. Have had them for 2.5 years and no problems!

Anyone know the skier weight range for...

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Anyone know the skier weight range for these bindings? I'm 5'8" 190# w/o pack. I don't see needing the Dukes DIN but I'm worried I might be heavy for the Baron...

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The Marker DIN chart doesn't advise setting your DIN above 12, regardless of your skier type/weight/ boot sole length combination. If you were 210 lbs, type III, with a boot sole of 270mm or shorter, you'd come out as a 12. The sensitivity of recommended setting is higher to boot sole length than to weight. For example, it takes (about) a 7% change in boot length to bump you up in DIN, while it would take an 11% change in weight. So... that is what Marker has to say about it. In practice, I set my bindings 3 points above the suggested values. Making some guesses about your foot size and skier type, and then adding 3, I get something right around 12. While the description of the Baron says it is a 12 DIN binding, the 2012-13 Baron actually goes up to 13 (as it says in the 'tech specs' box on the side). So... I would guess you'll be okay in the Barons (and lighter than in the Dukes by around 11 ounces), but I agree with your concern.

3 5

Great For Slackcountry

The Marker Baron Ski Binding is another offshoot of the almost classic Duke binding as it shares the same chassis shape, but has different materials along with a smaller DIN. And now, the peanut gallery:

"Does it perform like a Duke downhill-wise, but with a smaller DIN range?" Yes.

"Is it as heavy as the Duke and shouldn't use it if you look to get up tall mountains quickly?" Pretty much.

"So, you're saying this is a pretty good slackcountry binding for those smaller people who can't see getting in the Duke's DIN range or someone who takes their time getting up taller mountains?" Nailed it. Not great, but good if you use it realistically.

is their any way to extend the brakes to...

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is their any way to extend the brakes to 120 that any one knows of for Line Mr. Pollard's Opus

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You're pushing the limits of a 110mm brake if you want to bend it that far. 2-3mm isn't much of a problem, but bending 5mm per side is a stretch. If you do it right,it should work. Just be careful how you bend them and understand that your brakes may not work as well.

5 5

Quality

Great all around binding! Handles the backcountry and resort perfectly planing on buying a second setup!

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Get some "Quiver Killer" inserts for your other skis and you don't have to buy another set of bindings!

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