two totally different binding systems, both great in their own way. what you should get depends on what you will be doing. the marker is a beefy low to the ski power binding, so if you would rather huck cliffs and do a little skinning on the side then they are great. you need to remember the biggest drawback is the weight and the fact you can't switch from ski to hike when you are in the binding, you must take it off and flip the switch. the freerides (my choice) are great! i have been using them for five years now. patrolled in them, skied over 150 days a year, dropped cliffs, and hiked back up. in my mind they would be easer to fix in the BC if you needed to (though i have never needed to MacGyver them). I hope this helps and remember, it's never to early to pray for snow!