With decades of alpine binding production and a stout following, Marker entered the pool of tech-bindings with a glorious half-gainer. With several models to choose from, the Marker Alpinist 10 nestles itself smack dab between the lower releasing 8 and the higher 12 so you can choose the value range best suited for your skill level and style of skiing. With a gapless heel, you will have the shock-absorption and consistent release one craves from their alpine skiing days (years). With a flat mode, two risers, and 15mm of heel adjustment Marker has made your dive into a lightweight binding not much of a sacrifice. If you crave smooth skiing and simple operation then the Marker Alpinist 10 deserves to be high on your list.
- Zero gap heel for a smooth skiing experience and more consistent release.
- Optional brakes come in 90mm, 105mm, and 115mm widths.
- Lateral release values from 4-10 allow you to find your sweet spot.
- 15mm of heel adjustment leaves room for your other boot.
- Two riser positions so that when the going gets steep, you keep going.
- Race-inspired heel flap promotes faster transitions to get that extra lap in.
- Included, removable receptor allows you to add crampons for traction.
Update 2022/23: ISI (Intuitive Step In) toe piece has a rubber bumper and wider platform for easier step-in that requires less force. This increased weight by 25g.
||Accessory 90, 105, 115|
||2 + flat|
||Forged aluminum, carbon fiber reinforced polyamide|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Toe piece is carbon infused, stronger and less brittle than steel|
|Bottom Line||Zero-gap performance in a lightweight, affordable package|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Lightweight, simple and skis well.
I don't mess with the mid-riser since it's pretty low and a hassle to turn the heel piece. Swapping between flat and high (sorta like most bindings medium) is more than sufficient for most Wasatch tours.
I have used both the original and 22/23 versions. The new version is definitely easier to step into, but I got used to the old one and didn't have any issues after a few days.
From the discussion on the page of the latter two things sort of worry me -- the lack of the true flat touring option and the fact that the release values are not adjustable. These issues are not present with these bindings (at least, not to the full extent, as the lateral release can be adjusted in the Alpinist).
Also, it appears that the vertical release value is more or less corresponds to the model number (i.e. 10 in Alpinist 10), is it true or it is more of marketing designation? Beside the U-spring, is there any difference in the build (materials, amount of plastic, anything that would affect the durability) between Alpinist 10 and Alpinist 8? Thanks.
We don't have any screws that would work without some grinding, but you'll want a 14.5mm screw with a classic (not pan) head.
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With the Alpinist 10, you would come in a little below its fixed vertical release value, so I might lean towards the Alpinist 8.
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