Going with dukes for a few reasons. I've had great luck with marker, most of my skiing will still consist of resort skiing, quite honestly I don't have an issue with the weight of them, just get the leg muscles in shape. And lastly, price.
weight wienies!!! not too concerned about it. and again price. i can get 2 pairs of dukes for the price of a fritschi pro. i also would not trust that binding, those toe pieces are pitiful! would i break them, probably not but from all the experience ive had with marker and everything else ive read about them, they seem to be just fine.
i will counter your statement saying dukes are better...
dukes= plastic/metal fr pro=plastic....and as far as i know and seen, more plastic. dukes=34mm stand height, fr pro =39mm stand hieght. dukes=6-16din. fr pro=4-12din
also, and this is from me holding a pair of barons, and fr pros side by side, same size L, and the baron was way shorter than the fritschi as far as track length. now yes blah blah blah take ski off to release heel blahh blahh blahh weight. theres a 410gram difference between the pair...thats less than half a pound per binding...or to be exact 0.449743015 pounds. thats NOTHING!!!!! also the duke has a way more elastic toe and heel. so what does the freeride pro get points on....ill give it that the pivot point is in a better location, other than that i feel it is an inferior binding than the duke. and i can almost guarantee i can find more broken free ride pros than dukes soooooo end rant/truth:)
I plan on getting some beat up skis for cheap on gearswap and putting the dukes on there for early/late season skiing. Maybe an actual tour or two at best. I'm still keeping my S6/Tyrolia peaks for resort skiing. Maybe using them for some slackcountry on my trips out West.
If I actually get seriously into it, maybe I'll invest in some AT Boots/FR pros (granted that I can try them and see if I like them), then I'll consider picking some up when I'm not $7k in the hole.