The Curated Take
The Duke PT is definitely a hybrid touring binding leaning much more towards the downhill than the up. I would recommend this over a Kingpin or ATK high DIN pin binding for those prioritizing downhill performance and alpine skiing. As far as downsides go, only having the one 10-degree riser was not as large of an issue as I expected it to be. There were definitely some stepper kick turns; having a second riser would've helped with it, but it just takes getting used to. The more noticeable issue was the 100 & 125 mm brake widths. This binding is perfect for the 110-120 underfoot ski, but the lack of a 115 brake means you are forced to bend the brakes or drag the 125 brake in your turns.
Being able to remove the toe piece on the uphill does really help with the weight distribution of the binding more than it helps with overall weight. With the toepiece attached, you can find your kick turns not falling evenly. Overall, the downhill performance far outweighs the weight of shorter tours or a one-ski-quiver setup.
- Sidecountry skiing
- Powder touring setups
- One ski quiver
- Brakes tend to lightly drag through carving turns
- Binding weight is noticeable on the uphill and on lighter skis
The Duke PT 16 (DIN 6-16) is Royal Family´s top model and sets another milestone. It combines the superior functionality and downhill performance of a Jester with comfortable uphill properties of a pin binding. An absolute highlight is the innovative Ride & Hike toe. For walking mode the upper part is simply unlocked and tilted forward, uncovering the pin binding. To save swing weight the upper jaw part can be taken off and stored in the rucksack. The multi functional Lock & Walk unit automatically locks the brakes and provides a 10° climbing aid. For downhill mode the front jaw section is clicked back onto the base plate being quadruple secured by the Auto Quad Lock technology. Now the toe piece works just like an alpine toe with all of its advantages! The heel is the latest generation of Interpivot 3 freeride heels with lightweight magnesium housing and improved stiffness. The low height of 24 mm allows for direct power transmission and fast edge changes. Thanks to Multinorm all Duke PT are compatible to alpine, touring and GripWalk boots.