The launch of the hybrid freetouring Marker Duke PT is without a doubt the biggest (both in terms of media hype and actual unit size) binding story for winter 2021.
The new Duke PT (Pin Technology) is available in two versions: the PT16 and – our 2021 Editors’ Choice – the lighter PT12.
The innovative Hike & Ride toe piece is removable enabling skiers to save around 300g of weight on the uphill and enjoy all the freedom and lightness that alpine pin tech provides.
When it’s downhill time, simply click the toe housing back onto the base plate, scrape off the snow on the bottom of your boots on the Anti Ice Rail and you’re ready to charge.
With a low 24mm heel height the Duke PT 12 is a screamer to ski providing great feedback and enabling rapid power transmission from edge to edge.
And with Marker’s Sole.ID tech it’s open to everyone whether you’re rocking alpine, touring or GripWalk boots.
Just a wee word of caution – you can’t actually ski the Duke PT 12 in pin mode (your boot will be about 40mm further forward in uphill mode so you’ll have no contact with the heel piece).
So make sure you remember to bring the toe piece with you when you set off and take care during summit transitions – you won’t want to drop it down a couloir now would you butter fingers?!
An innovative hybrid freetouring binding that provides lightweight pin tech performance on the up and alpine-esque charginess for the descent.
- Marker Duke PT 12
- 1150g per unit in downhill mode