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Salomon Shift 13 vs Marker Kingpin 13 long term durability
What is your experience with long-term use of these bindings? Who are the bigger problems with long-term endurance? I'm looking for a binding that will last me a long time with frequent use. I've seen enough broken kingpins. Even on my kingpin, I notice a lot of wear after a year of use.
Thank you in advance for your answers.
They’re not really comparable. I would say the Duke PT and the Shift (50-50 true alpine performance bindings that can tour) are in the same category, while the Kingpin is more in line with the Fritschi Tecton 12 (touring bindings that can withstand some resort skiing better than ultralight tech bindings).
The Shift has had some issues with the forward pressure and AFD (I myself owned one and skied it every day and had 0 issues) and the Kingpin did have some issues it’s freshman and sophomore years with the pins in particular. The Duke PT seems to be a heftier option for the Shift, but there’s no way of knowing until people have more time to ski them.
What are you planning on using the bindings for? That should dictate your choice
Own both. Shifts are safer for your knees. Kingpins tour better. Both have reputation for brakes popping down in tour mode, but I've been fine on both. Shifts are a little shitty to step into the pins. Been in a few spots that required a pretty precarious balancing act since you need to pressure the toe with a pole to open the pins.
Way of the future is Shifts.
If you just use em for touring both should hold up. If you plan on using them inbounds a lot it’s probably just cheaper to get two set ups. Too many moving parts to last 10+ years like an sth or pivot or whatever.
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