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What to mount on Line EP Pro: Duke or Jester?
I'm lookin to purchase the 10-11 Line EP Pros, and I need advice on bindings. I have Jesters, but would it be worth it to get Dukes? They're gonna be my BC jib/pow ski. Prob gonna buy a sled in the near future too, should i just put the Jesters on and not worry about doing any skinning? Please let me know if I just sound like an idiot...
the dukes are the bigger more durable and more intense ones right? if so, and if ure riding backcountry but like supermassive shit then get dukes, idk though dont go off only my advice
weak post bro
even if you're getting a sled you should go with the dukes.
think about it, skinning up a line is so much easier than post-holing all the way from where you park your sled.
they aren't as durable though, because there are more moving parts.
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You gotta decide how much time you're going to be touring vs. resort skiing. I have EPs without touring bindings and a pair of old Salomon Guns mounted with Fritschi Freerides. The Guns are great for getting up the mountain, but as soon as I'm at the top, I always wish I had touring bindings on the EPs.
Also you should keep in mind that the EPs are not an optimal alpine touring ski. The width means you'll be working quite a bit harder going up the hill.
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Sledding just makes terrain more easily accessible. Having a touring setup in conjunction with a sled makes things so much easier. The Dukes are also the only AT bindings that I trust while skiing difficult terrain or jumping. You could go with some Jesters and Trekkers since you won't be skinning as much, but Dukes will make everything a little easier for you and provide a more than stable platform.
Alright thats what I'm leaning towards, cause i have other pairs of skis for resort riding. I'm meaning these to be purely bc boards that can take the beating of big drops and jumps, so thats what i was unsure of- how much like jibbing and big landings the duke can take. I know that EP's arent a premier touring ski, but thats what I'm willing to compromise to get solid performance on the way down. thanks for all your advice
I would definitely go for jesters + trekkers.
If you are going to be jibbing alot a touring binding isn't going to be ideal. I've heard of people breaking Dukes landing switch quite a few times, and presumably since you're on EPs, switch landings will be on the menu. Dukes will hold up to big drops (better than EPs will anyway!). Since you have a sled, you'll only be doing short tours anyway.
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