Rating: / 5
Lengths: 173, 180, 187, 194
Stability at speed: 3.70 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.80 / 5
Crud performance: 3.24 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.77 / 5
The FR16 version of the Argos comes with the amazing new Marker Duke binding, which explains the price. The Duke would be a success just for the way it drives a fat ski: Its mounting platform is extra wide-beefy enough to tip a fat plank on edge and hold it there-and with a DIN that cranks to 16, you need never prerelease again. But here's the real kicker: It's an alpine-touring binding. That's right, free your heel, slap on some skins and hike for untracked lines, then lock back down when you're ready to rip. It's a lot of binding, and it's mounted to a lot of ski. The Argos is "not for the faint of heart," Howard warned. "But it'll shred the wind-buffed."
Intro to backcountry ripping.
Bargain hunters or lightweights.