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Marker Duke EPF Alpine Touring Binding

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    Charge hard up, charge harder down.

    Earn your big mountain turns in the light and powerful Marker Duke EPF Alpine Touring Binding. With backcountry Climbing Aid technology, you can set the Duke to flat, 7 degree, or 13 degree positions easily with your ski pole, while integrated elastomer padding dampens impact, to reduce those annoying clacking noises. A 6-16 DIN range allows you to bomb the mountain and huck cliffs without fear of kicking a ski when you need it most.

    A widened platform featuring Power Width Design and a 28% larger EPF Extended Power Frame give supremely smooth transmission of power from boot to ski, even on those fatty boards that have a love affair with powder. A Triple Pivot Elite toe, Inter Pivot heel, and stainless steel gliding AFD all further enhance power transfer while providing optimal energy absorption to reduce the risk of pre-releasing. This hard-charging monster of a binding has to be super heavy, right? Wrong. Magnesium parts and a Hollow Tech fiber-reinforced frame provides impressive stability and strength with minimal weight.

    • 6-16 DIN range
    • Power Width Design
    • EPF Extended Power Frame
    • Hollow Tech construction
    • Magnesium parts
    • Stainless steel AFD gliding plate
    • Inter Pivot heel
    • Triple Pivot Elite toe
    • Backcountry Technology three-position climbing aid
    • Item #MRK000A

    Tech Specs

    Material
    stainless steel, magnesium
    Release Rating
    6 - 16
    Boot Compatibility
    alpine, AT lugged
    Brake Width
    90 mm, 110 mm, 136 mm
    Brakes Included
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 6 lb 2.4 oz
    Recommended Use
    all mountain, alpine touring, freeride
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Security and Durability

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    For an alpine touring binding, the weight may not be desirable, but it's definitely manageable. For me, the advantage of a tech binding isn't as much of the weight factor, but the different climbing leverage you get with the pins attached to your toes. If you don't share this opinion and are looking for a lightweight alpine touring binding, the f12 or aaambition are better choices. However, if extra weight isn't a huge problem, these bindings are amazing.

    They are great in the resort - I've never had any unwanted release no matter what terrain I am using them in. They are awesome for little half hour to an hour sidecountry tours that put you just beyond the resort ropes - this is how I used them in the video. If you are going to be starting ascents at a base or valley floor with significant approaches and/or elevation gain, a tech setup will be much more desirable.

    In saying this, I have used them for 3-4 hour ascents, and didn't have any problems with them icing or any problems with the function of the riser bar, so I was very pleased.

    I would say the weakest area of this binding are the transitions, as switching from hike to ski can take some effort. Snow can sometimes build in the binding, making it difficult to activate the ski/hike mechanism. As well, if the ski isn't relatively flat, the frame can miss the rails when transitioning the binding. This all may sound problematic, but it isn't that big of a deal, personally. And that is what this binding comes down to; if you're willing to sacrifice ascent capabilities to emphasize the descent (and on the topic of descent, these perform exactly like the jesters - ive dropped 15-20 ft'ers and felt no play in the binding).

    Top Notch Frame Binding

      If you're not ready to take the plunge on a full blown tech binding set-up, these Dukes are as good as it gets for a frame-style touring binding. Plenty of edge to edge power when you're charging the descent but these have also been lightened up enough so that they're not a complete drag on the ascent. For a side-country style binding that you can ride in-bounds but that gives you some mobility when you leave the gates, these are top notch.

      Bomber

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is a great binding if you want to be able to tour, but refuse to give up the super stiff bomber feel and reliability of alpine bindings. The weight of the bindings paired with the fact that you generally use a normal alpine boot means major sacrifices on the up hill, but in return you get a full on alpine quality ride down the hill. That makes this bindings perfect as long as you don't care about racing to the top or doing crazy long tours, and if you plan on skiing aggressively wherever you go. And as long as you don't mind the bit of extra rise, they are perfect for resort skiing as well so you get quite a lot of bang for your buck.

      If you want to cover a lot of ground on your tours and are getting a dedicated touring setup I would recommend low tech bindings like dynafits, but otherwise this is a great option. I've owned both types of setups and they both excel at what they're built for. So read the descriptions and reviews, pick your poison, and have fun!

      Unrelenting security

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Heavy? Yes
      Reliable 16 Din? Yes
      Decent tourability? Yes

      I have a hard on for Marker. I've never really been swayed from them ever since I've been skiing. I've skied Griffons, Jesters and Dukes, and have never had a complaint. People will bitch about what they will, but I like them and they work for me.

      I love this binding. Is it heavier than I would want it to be? Sure, but its a framed AT binding, so it is what it is. The stack height is ok lower than the competition, which I love. I really like to be as close to the ski as possible. The reassuring THWAP when clicking in puts a smile on my face. I can throw my skis on edge and feel no waiver in the transfer of energy. Rail them down groomers, nose butters off rollers, slashing pow. Do it. These binders wont hold you back. They tour as well as any frame binding . Smooth with little torsional flex. I like the ease of the touring bars. It seems like many people complain that the tour mode lever is under foot. I really like it there and out of the way. Im not flexible and have to take my ski off to remove skins anyways.

      Ill ski these until the quirks get worked out of the Kingpin. Then Ill mount a pair of Jesters on my resort skis, and a Kingpin on my Touring skis.

      Add: Im 6' 205-210lbs. Ski at a 13 DIN with a 317 BSL. Mounted +5 of Rec on 188 Fat-ypus D'Riddums

      Good choice for short tours & resort use

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've used Dukes for a few years now on a couple pairs of skis. My first pair was the non-EPF version, but honestly I can't tell a difference between the EPF and non-EPF version.

      Pros: Skis very much like an alpine binding. Solid downhill performance. Some folks don't like the stand height, but it's never really bothered me. The heel risers work well and are easy to manipulate. It accommodates alpine & AT soles.

      Cons: Yeah, it's heavy. But it's comparable to other bindings in its class (Tracker & Adrenaline). And you can't switch from skin to ski mode without taking off your ski. But I think most folks who use a Duke aren't too concerned about an extra 1-2 minutes at the transition. Honestly, if weight and speed are a concern, you're not going to tour with a Duke. I've had no major durability issues. I did get some fore-aft slop at the lever pivot (it's well described) in my early generation Dukes, but this was after more than 50-60 days of resort bashing. But it wasn't a huge amount and didn't really compromise performance in a meaningful way. The toe pivot point feels more awkward than a tech binding, but this isn't a surprise.

      So if you're looking for a binding for mainly resort use (90% resort/10% touring) and the occasional short tour, this is a good option. Or if you only do short sidecountry tours, this is a good option. And I guess if you really go big and value ski performance over touring performance, these are near the top of your list. But for true touring, get a tech binding. These are too heavy and cumbersome for long tours if you ask me.

      I like them

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Despite the mixed reviews, i have yet to have any problems with my dukes. I have them on a pair of DPS Lotus 138s, and they work great!I have used them to tour in when camping several times, and they have done great! Granted they are quite heavy, i think they do a great job and are very durable. And i personally don't think they make another AT binding that performs as well downhill as the Duke. It would be nice to be able to switch from tour to ski without taking my ski off, but oh well! So far i have no real complaints about these bindings! Hopefully it stays that way!

      Beefy and heavy

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought this binding because I am an aggressive advanced skier who loves to ski the whole mountain, but especially back country. I liked it because of its strength and versatility to switch this binding into hiking mode. The huge sacrifice in order to have this feature; however is its weight. It is a very heavy binding! I demoed my fatty powder skis with standard downhill bindings, and then bought them and had these dukes mounted. When I skied with the same skis with the dukes, they did not perform as well; changing a lightweight ski into a beast. I did not get to try the hiking feature, but did ski on them hard doing steeps and piste skiing. They held up well and I liked their strength and the security they gave me, while ripping down steeps. They also looked great on my skis. However; I disliked the heaviness so much, I am replacing them with a different, more lightweight Marker binding.

      It is what it is...

        And that is heavy. If you are looking for a binding that will work great for hard charging inbounds skiing, and once in a while let you do a tour or side country back to the main road this is it.....



        I trust my knees to it...but no it is not the best choice for long tours.



        If you want something that climbs super well up hill than look for a tech binding, and expect unpredictable release when things get gnarly.

        10 days and broke... no warranty

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I bought these in aug to be ready for the upcoming season. I bought the duke for the beefiness and thought I would never have to worry about it. today was day 10 and it broke right in front of the lever to switch from tour to alpine. this of course happened about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. so I post holed 1.5 miles back to my car to find out that backcountry will do nothing about it but refer me to marker. I will never recomend backcountry.com again. go to a local shop that wil actually stand behind there products!!!

        Hey man I understand your pain of defective/bad gear. I think the thing you are missing is that Backcountry.com buys an array of products from popular brands and unless you buy Goat Gear, backcountry is in no way held liable for the quality of another brands product and that the buyer should check warranties/reviews on the brands website before buying the gear.

        BTW I own this product, and would be very disappointed to hear Marker did not stand behind it. It is expensive, and should work for touring. I honestly only do side country and have not done extended tours with it. That being said it is a damn heavy binding, and really best for dong most of your runs inbounds.

        I got 10-15 days on my gen 3 dukes as well, then got the typical toe slop. It took 2 months, but my local shop got a marker to warranty them. I've had several pairs of dukes since they first came out and have had warranty issues with each one. Marker has stood behind their product for me, but this year (winter 2015) was a very slow response.

        I'm still waiting for another competitor to offer a more reliable AT binding. The dukes have the least problems in a horribly unreliable market segment. The newer generations don't seem to be getting more durable either.

        My boot size is 305. Would I go with the small or large bindings? Thanks !

        I've got some K2 Sean Pettitor skis that are 120 underfoot and my boots are Technica 275 315mm. I'm mostly going to be resort skiing with a little side country hiking. Are the Dukes the right choice and which size do I need?

        Hey Scott,

        The Marker Dukes are great bindings for someone looking to ski 90% resort/10% sidecountry or backcountry. The only problem is you need a wider brake than the 110 mm to fit your 120 mm K2 Pettitors. Check out the Salomon Guardian MNC 16 Bindings (Item # SAL00KP) in the L/115 mm brake as a solid alternative. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

        Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

        I have a 92mm midpoint on my skis is the 110 mm brake going to be the right size on the marker duke?

        Hey Lee,



        Go with the 90 mm brake and bend them slightly to fit around the 92 mm waist of your skis. The 110 mm brake will have too much overhang. Feel free to contact me directly with any more questions about the Marker Dukes or other ski bindings.



        Kyle

        Expert Gearhead

        klivingston@backcountry.com

        801-736-4337

        How these works with dynafit mercury boots?
        Thanks

        Hey,



        The Mercury boots will work with this binding. They are a tech boot so ideally you would want to get a tech binding but you most definitely can use an Alpine Touring binding.



        I have an email headed your way with my contact info. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to discuss further.



        Eric Watford

        Expert Gearhead

        801-736-6397

        ewatford@backcountry.com

        I just bought a pair of K2 Coombacks with 104 mm underfoot and my ski boot is 306 mm in length. What size Marker Duke binding do I need and what width size of the ski brake should I get? Thanks.

        My boots are 320 mm long, do you recommend I get a small binding that fits up to 325 mm or a large that is from 305 mm to 360 mm. Thanks!

        If I got the small with a 110mm brake could I later switch the brake to a bit wider ski thats 115 underfoot?

        I have last years EPFs ( white and blue) and ski them with a DIN alpine sole. Will this binding also work with the Scarpa Vibram Mountain Plus Sole?

        This may not be all you are looking for, but I know people who run the AT/Tech blocks that the Black Diamond Factor 130's come with with the Duke (Granted, not exactly like yours, but a similar thickness). I would suggest you contact your local ski shop, since the toe height will need some adjustment.

        My question is referring to the height of the Scarpa Vibram Mountain Plus Sole in regards to the height of the Sole pad and the adjustment range of the Duke, less so who should be teching my gear. A secondary question is to the durometer of the A/T soles, as I have heard this can change how easily a boot can release if need be.