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Description

The Duke puts the Alpine in Alpine Touring.

You could say the Marker Duke is an Alpine Touring binding, but if you’re being honest, it’s really an alpine binding that just happens to include touring capability for dipping out-of-bounds. It’s heavy, it only offers two hiking positions in tour mode, and to switch from touring to riding, you actually have to take your ski off, flip the locking lever under the boot, then put your ski back on. But here’s the upshot: the Duke is as tough and responsive as any alpine clamp, it has a higher DIN than any other AT binding, and it’s designed specifically for expert skiers who go big, need high retention, and demand a setup that can withstand true double-duty resort and backcountry use.
  • Locking system totally guarantees against ski-to-tour-mode switching.
  • Connection brackets mount to the ski directly to increase power without ruining flex
  • Wide mount points facilitate power transfer on modern big-mountain skis
  • Adjustable toe height gives you an incredibly solid connection with your boot.
  • In tour mode, the binding moves backward 30mm for greater efficiency
  • 6 and 12 degree climbing modes

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1 5

Loosens to point of shakiness.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Initially very solid with time (60+ ski days) the plastic pin retaining hole enlarged causing the binding to shake. Marker states this normal wear. Good binding if you don't ski much.

4 5

full speed on AT gear

Confidence inspiring performance in an AT binding. But the riser on the heel piece is to short to be comfortable of steep climbs.

4 5

Get em

Sure, they're a little bit heavier, but they are a solid touring binding.

3 5

Not an avid tourer's dream

If you're looking to go out for the first time and conquer the local mountains, I hope you're experienced in climbing or have a VERY strong body. The weight of these, in addition to perhaps not being prepared with touring boots will put you in a world of hurt on the way up which meanssss, Coming down, although these excel in durability compared to the field in cliff hucking etc, you're going to be in pain which means reduced enjoyment for what you worked to get. A nice ride down!

Listen to what most say. If you're climbing for hours, just go for a light setup (coughdynafits) the first time. The boots will save you too... If you're exploring the untracked BC 10 minutes from the top lift, get these! There's nothing to regret.

I will admit, these were nice for climbing as the pivot point was ideal and the pull back motion of the touring lever gives for a nicer balance on the skis for the ascent. The elevator bar is a bit of a pain to adjust compared to my dynafits, but hey, you shouldn't need em too much with the Duke IMO.

1 5

Best for the Down Worst For The Up

Like any a/t binding there is a give and take. This is the best a/t binding for the down on the market but the worst for the up. The dukes are heavy and are made of almost all plastic. Broke the rails underfoot on one of my first tours with them...Wont be giving up my dynafits anytime soon...

Are these bindings gender specific?

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Are these bindings gender specific?

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No, they just need to fit the length of your boot. The small fits 265mm to 320mm long boots.

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You may also want to be sure that the DIN settings go low enough for you (if you're pretty light or short it may be a close call). For example, if you're under 5'5", even if you're a type 3 skier, the highest your DIN would be set is 7.5. If you're not a type 3 it could be set as low as 4. These bindings only go down to 6, so you may want to make sure you fall in that range before you spend all your money on the Dukes.

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holding firm

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For me, its all about the ride down. The dukes help me feel safe, no matter the terrain. If you need a touring binding and don't want to compromise your safety for the ride down, get the dukes.

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what is the difference between the dukes and the barons?

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the main difference is the din setting. The barons go up to 12, while the dukes go up to 16

I have a pair of marker duke bindings. I...

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I have a pair of marker duke bindings. I am looking for a good powder ski (Mid to fat) that I can mount them on. Do you have any suggestions?

5 5

Bomber

The only negative which has been said plenty is the weight but these things are very high quality. Not always the easiest to get hooked up in steeps but when you are coming down they are simply the best. I take this same mentality when biking. I am okay if it takes a little longer to get up if I have the added reliability when charging, and these things definitely give me that. I have dropped cliffs in the 20 to 50 foot range on these and they have held up. Absolutely love them. They work best for sidecountry... for long tours get a different setup.

I just got the Bluehouse Mavens, which are...

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I just got the Bluehouse Mavens, which are 139 underfoot. Is bending the marker 130 brake out to fit a 139 fairly do-able?

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they will probably fit without bending them.

4 5

Marker Duke help subdue winterlust

Marker Dukes look very nice in their box on the shelf in my closet. When it gets too hot I open the box, turn on the fan, and look at them to help get me through the summer. It is July and I bought them in June, and all the snow melted VERY early this year. I hope they live up to their hype after all the winter-lust.

Looking for tips on a home mount for the...

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Looking for tips on a home mount for the marker duke using the paper sticker jig?

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Best tip I have for you is if you are not qualified, take it to a shop. Sorry if it doesn't seem helpful, but this is how guys blow out their bindings and potentially wreck their skis.

Size small duke and a size 27.5 garmont...

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Size small duke and a size 27.5 garmont endorphin boot will they fit? Im unsure of the exact boot length of the 27.5

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I'm pretty sure that the sole length is 306mm on the 27.5 Endorphin, so you can definitely grab the small Dukes.

Hi there....

I want to put this bindings...

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Hi there....

I want to put this bindings to a pair of Scratch BC 2004 1.82m will they fit ok?

thanks...

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Yeah they should fit just fine. The Duke have a brake that will fit anything up to a 110mm waist, and take any length ski.

Haven't decided between this and the Black...

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Haven't decided between this and the Black Diamond Fritschi Diamir Freeride Plus Binding. Any recs?

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If you ski aggressively, buy the Dukes. The Freerides are lighter, but have a tendency to prerelease when skied hard. Additionally, I've seen a couple of cases of components breaking on the Freerides. Now, if all you're using the bindings for is touring, and you have another pair of skis for resort days, the Freerides are a great choice, but if you plan on using the skis for resort skiing a fair bit, or for really aggro touring runs, the Dukes are bomber.

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Get these. The freerides are not even close, if you want to do long tours look into Naxo's. These are the choice for steep sidecountry!

4 5

Holy Grail, (for some).

If you want bomber retention with tour-ability, look no further. I wouldn't want to do the Haute Route with these, but if you're accessing the side country from your resort, the Dukes are the ticket. I've been using these for 2 seasons now and not 1 problem. They work great with either my alpine or AT boots. Make sure you get the right size for your boots as the Dukes, unlike the Barons, come in 3 sizes. The only drag is the need to take off your skis to change to touring mode and back. Would buy them again in a heartbeat. Cheers.

I need a pair of bindings for my K2 Hellbents...

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I need a pair of bindings for my K2 Hellbents for a touring set up. How will these perform on my K2's? any info would be appreciated.

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They are the most solid AT binding you can get when it comes to charging. They are a little on the heavy side, and the hellbents are as well, so I wouldn't plan on touring for more than a few hours. More like backcountry/sidecountry jolts. And you have to take them off to get into touring mode. Another downside, but other than that they are great!

2 5

Not so BADASS

I have the Dukes on Volkl Mantras and they worked fine for half the season, then the toe piece broke. I was skiing East Vail and fell which caused my skis to cross and broke the plastic that holds the AFD in place. It took Marker 10 weeks to send out a new pair and by that time Colorado snow was melting. I would be cautious if you are hard on your equipment like I am.

2 5

Not so BADASS

I have the Dukes on Volkl Mantras and they worked fine for half the season, then the toe piece broke. I was skiing East Vail and fell which caused my skis to cross and broke the plastic that holds the AFD in place. It took Marker 10 weeks to send out a new pair and by that time Colorado snow was melting. I would be cautious if you are hard on your equipment like I am.

5 5

Great for touring!

I used these on a 15 day backcountry trip this past winter on a pair of original 180 Seth Pistols. Everyone else was on light weight tele set-ups and was sure I was going to dragging behind, but to there surprise it was never so. We had skins on for at least a few hours everyday and sometimes all day, but the Dukes took it like a champ! These things tour really well have, they have two elevator settings, and the switch between touring and downhill is more work but not that big of a deal as you will be getting down first anyways. If you want a super light weight set-up get something else, but if you want a bomber set-up for charging hard in the backcountry then look no further. And let's be serious which one sounds more fun???

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