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Thread: Are Barons right for me?
08-22-2012, 09:48 PM #1
Are Barons right for me?
Hello, I'm looking to mount large Marker Barons on the Line Opus 185 and would like some opinions on that idea.
I'm about 5'11' and 185lbs. Like to ski fairly aggressively although I am more confident inbounds than out. I will be skiing Summit County, CO mainly with a trip up to Bridger Bowl and Big Sky in the works.
I haven't had touring bindings before but want to make it easier on myself hiking and going out of bounds with my buddies. I would say that downhill ability is more important for me than the touring (i.e. weight) as I do not want to sacrifice skiing performance too much for hiking. This won't be a strictly touring set-up so I'd like to handle anything I drift to while having the ability to hike for a line.
08-22-2012, 10:23 PM #2
Every one is aggresive. If you like to jump off of stuff and charge the fuck out of stuff then Dukes. So yeah, Barons or Dukes will be great for what you want to do depending on where you like your DIN set.
08-23-2012, 08:16 AM #3
I skied on Barons for a couple of seasons. Had 'em mounted to 196 Lhasas. They did fine by me with a mix of 75% bc and 25% resort. I'm not a hucker but I skied some fairly steep lines on them. I'd still be skiing them today if I hadn't decided to make the switch to dynafit. If you're looking to save some $$ over Dukes then I would tell you to give them a shot.
Everyone is so hard around this place that they all ski with their DIN at 16+ but I think the vast majority of folks don't push hard enough to need it. My Barons released a couple of times during falls in the bc when I didn't want them to so I kicked the DIN up from 9 to 11 and never had a problem with them again. After that the only time they released was when I took hard enough falls that I would have wanted them to come off. I'm not the guy calling pro's out in the gondola though...Brandine: Now Cletus, if I catch you with pig lipstick on your collar one more time you ain't gonna be allowed to sleep in the barn no more!
Cletus: Duly noted.
08-23-2012, 08:34 AM #4
I thing barons will do fine, I've skied dukes and barons quite a lot and switched to barons cause i didn't need the strength of the duke. I'm 192cm and around 85kg and like others have said, no problems with pre-release with DIN on 11. I tour on plums an use barons for inbounds so i beat on them pretty hard in all conditions.If you're being rad and nobody's around to see it, are you really being rad?
08-23-2012, 10:39 AM #5
08-23-2012, 10:45 AM #6
I'm your size, like to pretend I can fly off cliffs, and ride Barons as my resort/sidecountry setup. Never needed something over 12 DIN so what's the point, especially when you can save some money as well as your knees.
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08-23-2012, 01:42 PM #8
Thanks for the advice everyone, I picked some up and am ridiculously stoked for next season
08-27-2012, 07:32 AM #9
just picked a pair up myself too. I am considering a pair of Guardian's just cause of the lower stack but for $200 NIB....Be more like your dog...
08-27-2012, 10:50 PM #10
I thought it seemed kinda high too.. But yeah great deal