Marker is touting its Duke Binding as "the first significant ski binding breakthrough in years." A big claim for sure. But what the Duke does is cool: These hearty alpine bindings have a free-heel mode, letting skiers experiment with skins, adjustable poles, avalanche transceivers and all other gear associated with backcountry travel.
In other words, the Duke combines the security and performance of a traditional alpine binding with a free-heel mode for touring. This provides skiers with the ability to ski in bounds, then -- at the flick of a switch -- release the heel of the boot to enable a hinged free heel for flat-country or uphill travel.
Key features include a new 16 DIN toe and heel design, a new climbing mechanism hinged under the boot toe, and a binding interface which allows the toe and heel to glide easier for maximum flex and turning capabilities.
Fits boot sole length 265-320 mm and 305-370 mm.
Suggested retail: $495.99.