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.
- Dynamic Length Compensation in the heel piece eliminates ski flex from the release value equation.
- 15mm of boot sole adjustment in the heel so you can use multiple boots.
- Adjustable lateral release from 6-12 means you can ski at your chart value.
- A “High” U-Spring controls vertical release and is swappable with Low and Medium springs, available separately.
- Wide 38mm hole pattern in toe piece means more ski-hold and power transfer.
- Rubber stops on the toe piece aid step-in so you can get to skiing faster.
- Heel flap rests on U-Spring for fast transitions, but when spun 180° it will offer extra riser height.
- Optional brakes come in 90mm, 105mm, and 115mm sizes.
- Available Pintech ski crampons fit snugly in the receptors.
Update 2022/23: ISI (Intuitive Step In) toe piece has a rubber bumper and wider platform for easier step-in that requires less force.
||Accessory 90, 105, 115|
||2 + flat|
||Forged aluminum, carbon fiber reinforced polyamide|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Crazy light for a "gapless" binding|
|Bottom Line||Light-weight adjustable touring binding|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
I am between these two bindings
The 10 should work just fine for you! However, if you do really want to be in the middle of the lateral spring range you can always purchase the 12 and also buy a medium-strength U-spring from the Marker Binding Parts page to swap out with the 12 spring.
Improvements? I still prefer trab reverse step in which is still number one choice for security in sketchy transitions I still mentally prefer more metal even with no real world reason to. I still want it lighter, if it wouldn't break. Don't compromise the dampness, or true gapless, or ramp or single riser tho...
Full disclosure I have many pairs, so I probably only have like 30 days on a single pair. Will update if I make one explode.
Yes, that brake should bend to fit 95mm just fine!
For what it's worth, the 2022/23 Alpinist does not have this issue with the Skorpius...the new bumper / trigger plate accommodates that shape no problem.
Dynafit ski crampons will work with these bindings, though they can be tricky and fiddly to get in.
I also see the question from BK7 on the necessity of heel pads if installing without brakes, do these come with the bindings or do they need to be purchased separately?
If your DIN/RV is calculated close to a 9, I'd get the Alpinist 9 as the 12 spring is hard to step into. I've found the heel risers are actually pretty easy to deal with - if I'm taking an approach, I rotate it to the flat touring mode then flip up the high(ish) riser, and if I'm doing laps, I keep the pins forward and flip over the first level riser to allow for faster transitions; I don't really like to use super-high risers anyway, even for steep tracks as my balance gets thrown. I've managed to turn the heels 180deg with my pole tip, but this isn't the most quick operation, so I just set it and forget it. Haven't had these in a release situation yet, but they feel solid, and I like the kiss-gap heels with some travel as the ski flexes.
Overall a great weight/performance binding at under 300g, especially with traveling heels; I'll definitely consider these on future ski setups.
Considering buying these toute suite.
If mounting without brakes, I see that the heel pads are "necessary". Just wondering if they are needed to support the heel while skiing, or if it's more for the walk/tour. Thanks.
I am considering this Alpinist on a new set of skis. Have the later years gotten used to the ramp angle of the Trab Gara Titan Adjustable (7mm delta), and therefor shimmed up my old dynafits to match. But now I see that the Alpinist have a delta of 2 mm. Any experience of shimming up the heel of the alpinists? Sounds wrong to do so, but I am still wondering.
Your listed weights are a little different than the manufacturer. Is that your scale vs published? Published weight the MTN (no brake) is 100 grms heavier than the Alpinist 12.
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