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Marker Alpinist 9 Binding

Brand: Marker
Model: Alpinist 9
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True to their fashion, Marker is entering a new market (tech-bindings) with great fanfare. The Alpinist binding is focused on weight, ski-ability, and a user-friendly nature that is robust and foolproof. The heel piece sits flush against the heel of your boot and uses a spring-loaded track to keep the release dialed regardless of the flex of a ski throughout a turn or hard landing. This is analogous to forward-pressure in an alpine setting but adapted to a race-weight tech binding (a first). The Alpinist 9 is an impressive offering in terms of downhill performance, weight, price, and uphill-capability. It’s backed by a German name (Marker) that is synonymous with ski bindings, so you know its a good one.

  • Strategically placed anti-icing pads under toe and heel promote consistent performance no matter the temperature, humidity, or water content.
  • Generous 15mm of boot sole adjustment allows enough freedom to accurately mount for multiple boots.
  • Gapless heel piece offers 4mm of Dynamic Length Compensation for improved ski rebound and release-value consistency.
  • Adjustable lateral release values from 4-9 and swappable vertical U-Spring helps dial-in retention and release.
  • Use the heel flap for a low riser-height or spin the heel-piece 180° for increased lift.
  • Flat-on-ski mode is also available for those long, flat approaches.
  • Removable brakes come in 90mm, 105mm, and 115mm widths.
  • Integrated crampon receptor accepts Marker ski crampons.
Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
266g
Weight (pair) 532g
Boot Compatibility Tech
Brakes Optional 90mm, 105mm, 115mm
BSL Adjustment 15mm
Riser Heights 2 + Flat
Vertical Release Fixed
Lateral Release 4-9
Crampon Ready Kingpin and Alpinist crampons
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Materials Forged aluminium, carbon, fiber-reinforced polyamide
Skimo Co Says
Usage Touring
Notes Integrated rubber pads simplify the step-in.
Bottom Line Lightweight adjustable touring binding
5/6/2019
by Curly (used product regularly)
 
This binding has pleasantly surprised me so far. The price to weight to function ratio is perhaps unmatched. I had the MTN bindings but the heel riser came loose and got quite floppy so I switched to these. So far they certainly ski better because the release mechanism is a ball and detent so as you ski there is ZERO side to side play at the heel. This is a big deal for me and translates to much more confidence in the binding. For shorter laps, I use the heel riser flipped over the pins and they function just like a race binding and for longer sections, I spin the heel 180 and have the option of flat or high risers. I don't miss having all three risers available at once very much. Honestly, people need to spend less time fussing with risers and just keep skinning. I don't think choosing the perfect riser has ever saved anyone time. I have about 10 days on these bindings and so far nothing but positive impressions, however, there is a LOT of plastic in these bindings and I am curious to see how this will hold up as I get more toward the 100-day mark.
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4/19/2019
Comment from Steve
 
I have been impressed with this binding. They have a nice, almost flat ramp angle. They seem over all damp.. No metal clacking during skinning and feel good skiing. Very detailed quality construction. Turning them is a bit of a pain but I find I just use flat or the high level and don't need to mess w/ it.
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10/15/2018
Question from Aaron Parmet
 
What is the approximate RV of the "medium" and "hard" u-springs for the marker alpinist? I've heard everything from 7.5 to 8 to 9.... and everything from 10 to 10.5 to 12 for "hard"?
10/15/2018
Answer from Teddy Young
 
We haven't received our shipment of them yet, and I absolutely don't want to steer you wrong. Give us a shout when it's in stock! We'll have had a chance to look them over thoroughly and test them in our binding release testing device, then we can give a detailed answer.
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