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 downhill performance, weight, price, and uphill-capability. It’s backed by a German name (Marker) that is synonymous with ski bindings.
|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||Integrated rubber pads simplify the step-in.|
|Bottom Line||Lightweight adjustable touring binding|