IF you’re gearing up for a big late winter and March in the backcountry you should be putting some serious thought into a touring binding. You’ve probably narrowed it down to the Marker Duke, or these babies. The Diamirs have a knockout win in the weight department, and in the ease of switching from touring mode to downhill mode (they don’t need to be taken off). Some skiers are happy to forsake the convenience of leaving the bindings on for the reassurance that you know you’re not going to switch into touring mode while you’re hitting a 40-foot huck. You decide which one works for you. Available from Toyru for ¥ 51,975.