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Old 11-20-2008   #11
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More info on how you mainly plan to use these would be helpful on recommending you to the right binding.

I've owned several pairs of various models/generations of the Fritschis. I've spent hundreds of days touring and patrolling in them. I've broken at least five pairs beyond repair, but this only happened in or just out of bounds. I liked the mobility they offered in the resort and how fast/easy I could switch from ski to hike mode. I've never liked how different they make a ski feel compared to skiing the same ski with a good alpine binding. The Fritschi have a huge flat spot and akward ramp angle.

Last season, I was able to use the DUKES and was really impressed how they skied and felt just like a real good alpine binding. They also seemed like they would be a lot less pron to breaking from my hard use like the Fritschis. I don't like having to take them off to switch between ski/hike mode, but that is also why they ski so good with the shorter frame and etc.

I ordered the new Barons for this season. I did'nt need to high DIN of the Dukes and the Baron is the exact same binding and all of the parts come from the same mold and only a few of the parts are made of a heavier material. The Baron is actually pretty beefy.

I'm willing to live with the trade offs of the Baron/Duke, because majority of the time they'll be used skiing. I use my Dynafits for true backcountry hiking.

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