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These notes are a summary of opinions expressed in the ski.com.au  forums.
 
 
== Trekkers ==
 
 
=== Recommended use ===
 
First steps away from the lifted slopes, with lower capital outlay
 
 
=== Pros ===
 
Works as an adaptor on your normal downhill bindings and boots
 
 
Can hire
 
 
Cheaper than dedicated set-up
 
 
=== Cons ===
 
Heavy, awkward, discouraging to use
 
 
Still expensive enough to not be good value to buy your own
 
 
== Marker Dukes ==
 
 
=== Recommended use ===
 
Use in bounds with some front country excursions
 
 
Jumps and aggressive skiing
 
 
=== Pros ===
 
Good downhill performance
 
 
Good (best?) release and retention
 
 
Robust
 
 
=== Cons ===
 
Heavy
 
 
It’s a nuisance changing to walk-mode: you have to remove skis, and probably gloves
 
 
== Marker Barons ==
 
(not yet available at time of writing)
 
 
=== Recommended use ===
 
As for Marker Dukes
 
 
These are a variation on the Dukes, new for 2009. The DIN will be 4-12 so they are more suitable for mere mortals. They are also expected to be lighter and cheaper.
 
 
=== Pros ===
 
Expected to be the same as Dukes.
 
 
Hopefully lighter and cheaper than Dukes.
 
 
More moderate DIN range for non-experts.
 
 
=== Cons ===
 
Expected to be the same as Dukes, but not so heavy.
 
 
== Fritschi/Diamir Freeride Plus ==
 
 
=== Recommended use ===
 
Heavy touring
 
 
Jumps and aggressive skiing
 
 
Inbounds and out of bounds skiing
 
 
=== Pros ===
 
Generally regarded as the benchmark for all-round performance
 
 
Light, while still taking standard downhill boots
 
 
Higher DIN setting than Fritschi Explorer = better retention
 
 
More robust than standard Explorer
 
 
Can be used with mountaineering boots
 
 
=== Cons ===
 
Some contributors believe release/retention not as safe as other options. Others believe later models have addressed this issue.
 
 
Off-the-shelf brakes do not fit wider waisted skis - adjustment is necessary - can lead to weakness/ overstressing of base plates.
 
 
== Fritschi/Diamir Explorer ==
 
 
=== Recommended use ===
 
Touring
 
 
=== Pros ===
 
Lighter than the Freeride Plus
 
 
Easier to use than Dynafit, and take standard boots
 
 
=== Cons ===
 
Not as robust as Freeride Plus
 
 
Some contributors believe release/retention not as safe as other options, even more than other Fritschis. Others believe later models have addressed this issue.
 
 
== Naxo NX21 ==
 
 
=== Recommended use ===
 
Heavy touring
 
 
Inbounds and out of bounds skiing
 
 
=== Pros ===
 
Nice walking action because or a double-pivot system
 
 
=== Cons ===
 
Not as robust as Freerides
 
 
Heavier than Freerides
 
 
== Dynafit ==
 
 
=== Recommended use ===
 
Alpine Touring and Ski Mountaineering where speed and lightness matter more. 
 
 
Older TLT model now known as Speed is lightest of all and still a valid option, but cant change modes easily using ski pole, and minimal adjustment for different boots
 
 
Not for aggressive extreme skiing with  big jumps, but have the scores on the board for technical extreme descents
 
 
=== Pros ===
 
Very light, but durable
 
 
The benchmark for light AT gear
 
 
Tight connection to the ski, more so than other lightweight options
 
 
=== Cons ===
 
Need special compatible AT boots, not downhill boots.  Limited range of such boots available in Australia.
 
 
Awkward to get into
 
 
Awkward change from fixed heel to touring, but not the reverse.
 
 
== Silvretta ==
 
 
=== Recommended use ===
 
Light Alpine Touring where speed and lightness matter more
 
 
=== Pros ===
 
Very light; only Dynafits are lighter
 
 
Relatively less expensive
 
 
Some models can be skied in climbing boots
 
 
=== Cons ===
 
Only rudimentary release mechanism. Pure models do at least have some toe release.  Older models with a fixed toe bale release at the heel only, with highly questionable safety.
 
 
Not as durable as other options
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 11:20, 5 February 2011