Marker had something impressive brewing in their secret lab: introducing the Marker Alpinist binding. The Alpinist brings release characteristics reserved for heavier bindings to the sub-250g category. The heel piece incorporates a spring-loaded track that keeps the heel piece flush with the heel of the boot, eliminating release-value fluctuation when the ski flexes. That, combined with high-tech materials and secure geometry lets you ski with confidence. You can also get more in tune with your skis due to the low ramp-angle enabled by the race-inspired heel piece. The binding is well-featured with BSL and lateral release adjustments, two riser positions, and optional brakes. If you have been on the fence about lightweight tech bindings, we encourage you to try the Marker Alpinist 12.
|Brakes||Optional 90mm, 105mm, 115mm|
|Riser Heights||2 + Flat|
|Crampon Ready||Kingpin and Alpinist crampons|
|Materials||Forged aluminium, carbon, fiber-reinforced polyamide|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Crazy light for a "gapless" binding.|
|Bottom Line||Light-weight adjustable touring binding|