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Marker Alpinist 8 Binding


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Marker has heard your pleas for a lower, adjustable lateral release value, along with a lower vertical release, all the while keeping your concerns about weight and ski performance in mind. Even though that is a lot to process in one request, they put it all together and have called it the Alpinist 8 binding. Along with hitting all the specs sought after by lighter weight, or less aggressive skiers, this binding also happens to be very user friendly and can hold up to a great deal of flex from your skis without release so land it in the back seat, or nose-butter away! Since Marker knows that safety isn't third (apparently, it's first) the Alpinist 8 heel piece sits snug against the back of your boot allowing for a more consistent release and some rebound when exiting turns. Well paired with anything from Race+ to Beef boots, you can change your mind on which boot to take out since there is 15mm of adjustment to accommodate different BSL's. The Alpinist 8 is very similar to the Alpinist 9 and 12 in that it has a flat mode, an easy to use riser, and optional brakes should that be your cup of tea. If you want to ski at more humane release values the Marker Alpinist 8 checks that box along with a few others.

  • Gapless heel just like the Alpinist 9 for release value consistency and rebound.
  • Anti-ice pads are placed under the toe and heel to keep snow and ice from building up.
  • Adjustable lateral release in the heel, allowing for release values of 3-8.
  • Lower vertical release value than the Alpinist 9 or 12 with the "soft" spring installed.
  • Integrated crampon receptor works with Marker Pintech ski crampons.
  • 15mm of adjustment in the heel accommodates different BSL's.
  • Featuring a carbon-reinforced pin toe for lightweight security.
  • Flat-on-ski mode for those long approaches and meadow skipping.
  • Removable brake widths of 90mm, 105mm, and 115mm.
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Weight (pair) 534g
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes   Optional 90mm, 105mm, 115mm
BSL Adjustment   15mm
Riser Heights   2 + Flat
Vertical Release   Fixed
Lateral Release   Adjustable 3-8
Crampon Ready   Yes
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Forged aluminium, carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide
Skimo Co Says
Usage Ski touring
Notes Gapless binding for consistent release
Bottom Line Lower release value in a low weight offering
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Question from Sarah Kope
Hi there! Had my setup stolen so looking for a new rig. Bought Black Crows Navis skis that are a 102mm underfoot and debating whether the Marker Alpinist 8 or the Salomon MTN would be better for that underfoot. Thoughts? I am 5’5” and 125lb if that helps too
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Sarah,

Thanks for reaching out! I recommend that you fill out a binding finder(https://skimo.co/binding-finder). Once we know that information, we will be able to provide you more accurate suggestions!
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Model: Alpinist 8

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