Marker Duke PT 12 Ski Bindings · 2023
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This Binding is designed for anyone looking to ski cliffs, steep lines, and chutes in the back country. The toe piece of the binding is removable for touring which makes the binding lighter for uphill travel. When going downhill you can re-attach the toe piece and use the binding as a normal downhill binding. After skiing the backcountry this is the go-to binding that I trust and will use for safety, and reliability for downhill travel.
- Amazing for charging down lines
- Highly durable
- Reliable for skiing downhill
- Heavy when traveling uphill
- You have to release and store nose piece to tour
The Marker Duke PT 16 is the next generation backcountry binding from Marker and is a great fit for backcountry skiers looking for a downhill-feeling binding from one the most reputable brands in the industry. When in ski mode, the binding is very similar to the Jester, with a Pivot 3 Freeride Heel and a blocky nose-piece that functions like a normal binding. On the uphill, the skier can walk naturally for long and steep ascents by locking the Lock and Walk Brake into position, removing the Ride and Hike Toe Piece hub, and stepping into a tech binding toe-piece.
Ride and Hike Toe – The toe piece converts from a conventional looking binding to a tech binding that allows for maximum movement during ski tours.
Removable Toe Piece – When in walk mode, the toe piece hub can be removed to reduce the uphill weight of the binding by 300 grams.
Lock and Walk Brake – With the boot siting further forward in the toe piece in walk-mode, the heel piece only needs to lock the brake down in order to convert from skiing to walking.
The Marker Duke PT 12 is for the resort skiers who want to explore the backcountry or slack country. The Duke PT's are fairly straightforward and can even be used for just normal resort skiing. The bindings give the skier the option for a big day out to just a couple of runs on the resort which is exactly what it is made for. The advanced skier who wants to dabble in the backcountry is the target market for this binding and will allow for them to experience a different aspect of skiing. The bindings are not the lightest or easiest to use, but they are straightforward, durable, and have a reliable release which makes it one of the best hybrid bindings on the market.
- Durability and beefiness allows for reliability and peace of mind on the slopes
- Lighter weight on the uphill compared to other hybrid bindings when taking the toe piece off
- Easy use with some practice and straightforward performance that is consistent
- Can be annoying to have the alpine toe on when touring and sometimes I worry about losing the alpine toe.
- Relatively heavy compared to other hybrid or tech bindings, but the durability is unmatched.
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