VOLKL BLAZE 94 / MARKER DUKE 12 2023 USED 1 DAY

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The 2023 Volkl Blaze 94 was developed to complement their stiffer, heavier skis in their all-mountain/freeride line up. It's back for its 2nd season with no changes other than a snazzy new black top sheet graphic. Volkl uses their Hybrid Multilayer wood core on the Blaze 94, which is supported and enhanced by a Titanal Binding Platform that not only helps with binding retention, but also gives the ski a more solid, grippy feel underfoot. The 165-centimeter length weighs just 1455 grams, so the Blaze 94 is certainly on the lighter side of things. In fact, among resort skis (non-touring-specific), it's one of the lightest in its wide range. It doesn't have as much rocker as its wider 106 counterpart, but there's still ample tip and tail rocker. That's combined with Volkl's 3D Radius sidecut design, results in a ski that can make a wide variety of shapes and styles, all with a lightweight, maneuverable feel. It's incredibly nimble in tight terrain, and has an energetic, responsive feel that's refreshing and fun. It's also certainly light enough to pair with an AT binding for some backcountry touring adventures, although we'd likely recommend it more for an AT skier located on the east, while the Blaze 106 feels like the better touring option for western skiers.

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The Marker Duke PT 12 (DIN 4-12) also combines the performance of a Jester with the climbing comfort of a pin binding. At the back the latest generation of the even lighter Hollow Linkage heel, at the front the completely newly developed Ride & Hike Toe: To climb up, the upper part of the toe piece is folded forward, which exposes the pin binding. To save moving weight on the ski, the front top can also be removed and stored in the backpack.

The multifunctional Lock & Walk unit automatically locks the brake and offers a 10° climbing aid. Before setting off, the toe piece is simply put back on or folded down, which automatically locks it four times and activates the function of a classic toe piece.

With a standing height of only 24 mm, direct power transmission and quick edge changes are a given. Thanks to Sole.ID, all Duke PT are compatible with Alpine, Touring and GripWalk soles.