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This binding is perfect for resort skiers who want to venture into the backcountry and only have one ski to do it or for people looking to get real gnarly in the backcountry. The Duke PT 13 works like a normal binding on the downhill; it is compatible with both backcountry and alpine boots, meaning you can use it in the resort all you want, and it will still get you up the hill when you do want to tour. It is perfect for those who are willing to sacrifice a little uphill performance to have all the downhill performance of a normal binding. I use these bindings in the resort and when I want to build a backcountry jump, and have to hike. Perfect for freestyle skiers looking to take their skills out of the resort or people who need a one-binding for all their skiing needs.
- The Duke PT 13 is amazing for skiers who want a ski that can ski both in the backcountry and the resort.
- Amazing for backcountry skiers who don't want to sacrifice anything on the downhill
- Perfect for freestyle skiers looking to earn their turns but still want to send it.
- The risers can be a little finicky to get used to
- Heavy for a backcountry binding
- Don't lose the toe piece
Marker has expanded the hybrid binding category to more skiers and lighter-weight skiers with the introduction of the Duke PT 13 and 11. The three model offering of 16, 13, and 11 allows Marker to provide a hybrid freeride/touring binding for skiers in any weight range. By contrast to the original PT 12, the PT 13 now features the Inter Pivot heel found on the Jester and Griffon models, while the PT 11 features the Hollow Linkage heel of the Squire.