Marker beefs up the new Duke EPF binding at Outdoor Retailer

Marker has long been the king of burly, backcountry capable bindings with offerings like the Duke, Baron and Tour. But the Duke is about to get a whole lot bigger for the 2012/13 ski season when the new Duke EPF is released to the masses. Marker showed off the new Duke at the Outdoor Retailer 2012 Winter Market, and judging by the elaborate throne that lorded over the booth, they expect the Duke will continue to reign over the backcountry binding market.

The new Marker Duke EPF binding at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. (Photo: Jared Hargrave - UtahOutside.com)

So what makes the new Duke so special? Marker says it all has to do with EPF or Extended Power Frame. That basically means that the platform will be 28% wider with a new screw pattern that is 10mm wider than before. This should give the bindings more power transmission edge to edge on fat skis that are 89mm and wider underfoot.

The Marker Duke EPF will also have an improved climbing aid that has three positions – flat, 7-degrees and 13-degrees, and features a rubber covering that is easier to access with a ski pole. They’ve also moved the pivot point back so that it’s more under the ball of the foot for a natural stride and redesigned the guiding plate that will hopefully allow less ice and snow to clog up the channels that make the binding go from tour to ski mode. The toe piece is also a new design that makes it lighter in weight but no less burly.

The redesigned toe piece of the Marker Duke EPF

Looks like the Marker “Royal Family” has a new monarch… maybe the Duke EPF sould be renamed the Marker King. You’ll be able to click your ski boots into the new Duke this fall.

5 comments for “Marker beefs up the new Duke EPF binding at Outdoor Retailer

  1. canwilf
    January 26, 2012 at 12:04 am

    “They’ve also moved the pivot point back so that it’s more under the ball of the foot for a natural stride”

    From the pictures above, the pivot is exactly where it was before on my 2009 Duke model.

  2. January 26, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Hey canwilf.

    I wrote this based on what I was told by a Marker rep at their Outdoor Retailer booth. I have no way to actually verify this since I didn’t have an older model Duke with me to compare side-by-side, so I’m taking his word for it. But it’s definitely something worth looking into since the pivot location on my older Barons is one of my main complaints about the Marker bindings.

  3. canwilf
    January 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

    “I have no way to actually verify this”

    Do an internet search on the Marker Duke/Barron for images. You will see what I saw, no difference in the pivot point (zilch, nada, zero, etc.). At least, that’s my conclusion from the demo unit at the show.

    I digress … One of my complaints, and many AT/Randonee skiers, is that one needs to remove their boot from the binding to switch into or out-of the touring mode. Albeit, no other binging delivery the beef like the Duke.

  4. karl martin
    March 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    will they be bringing out a baron in that version as well?

  5. March 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    For the 2012/13 season, it will be just the Duke.

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