Is Marker Duke PT better than Salomon Shift?

Is Marker Duke PT better than Salomon Shift?

Posted by Simon Tjernström

2020-01-30 13:54

The quest for skiing's holy grail. The one binding that you can trust as much as an alpine binding, but behaves upwards like a touring binding.

Marker took their experience from the Jester and rebuilt a new toe part. The back part is moveable 60 mm back and forth.

The new hybrid binding is called Marker Duke PT (Pin Technology) and comes in 12 and 16 DIN.

The new technology in the toe is called Auto Quad lock, meaning the toe part locks itself at 4 different points automatically when stepping into the binding.

Flip the toe up and your in hiking mode with a classic pin tech system. The heel gives you different options in climbing aids up to 10 degrees.

Specs Marker Duke PT 16

  • Weight: 1350 g
  • Removable toe part weight: 300 g
  • Heel part material: Magnesium heel housing
  • Climbing Aid: 10°
  • DIN ISO certification: (ISO 5355), touring (ISO 9523), or GripWalk (ISO 9523) norms (that's pretty much everything)
  • Stack Height: 27mm
  • Cost: 6.298SEK

Is Marker Duke PT the new benchmark in hybrid bindings?

Good gear to have

Video transcript

Speaker 1: (00:00)
War binding war. This time it's marker throwing a jab at the Salomon Shift with the new Duke PT, a solid binding up to din 16, it's set up to take you up the mountain as well as downwards in a safe manner. Come have a closer look folks.

Speaker 4: (00:33)
Hi guys. It's Max from Marker and I'll talk you through about the our new Duke PT binding. What's really innovative is that we changed our frame binding concept and we now have the same performance of the Duke but with the frameless concept that uses pin technology for the way up. And that's basically the main strength. So we have a fully new developed toe, which gives you all the performance and safety options in terms of adjustable release, but at the same time also offers you the pins to walk up. So we have a perfect compromise between downhill performance and releasing safety and upload capability with the pins.

Speaker 1: (01:13)
So Max, is this your final solution for the one binding to go up upwards, skiing downhill fast and hard?

Speaker 4: (01:21)
It is the, it is the answer. This is the perfect binding. Yeah, this is the final binding. It doesn't get any better than this in terms of hybrid Freeride bindings.

Speaker 1: (01:30)
What's the weight of the 12 and the 16?

Speaker 4: (01:34)
Uh, so we have 1150 for the smaller version and then reduced, if you take the top part off, you save 300 grams. So you are at around 850 uphill. And for the 16 version we have 1350 and then a bit over one kilogram. If you have the toe part removed.

Speaker 1: (01:54)
What about, uh, child diseases, you know, bindings coming, with some defects in the beginning. Are you anticipating that?

Speaker 4: (02:01)
Well, the good thing is that we, we took a heel that is trusted in the market, so we really had to just, uh, yeah, I think of the toe and then we, what we did is we combined our knowledge from developing the alpinist toe and a Jester toe and then just combine it. So we didn't really have to come up with a completely new concept. So, which was combining the strengths we have already. And, yeah, we did a lot of testing, a lot of on snow and yeah, we're pretty confident that this is solid as it is right now. Already.

Speaker 1: (02:34)
It's the Duke PT better than the shift.

Speaker 4: (02:37)
Yes. It is better than the shift. Like we are confident. We believe we are setting a new benchmark in the binding industry.

Speaker 1: (02:44)
How long time did it take to develop?

Speaker 4: (02:47)
Uh, it's about, uh, three years, including concept phase. So it really, all phase was around three years. Yeah. Thank you. Thank you.