Long lines, crowded parking lots, boring terrain, tracked-out snow, and expensive lift tickets are common reasons to avoid ski resorts. Despite these drawbacks, the ease of chairlift skiing often entices skiers to partake of the lift-serviced goods from time to time. When the inevitable boredom sets in, locals and determined adventurers set out to find the small pockets of wild side-country that reside just outside the boundary ropes. The reworked Marker Kingpin M-Werks 12 makes accessing these stashes easier than ever by linking the touring capabilities of a tech toe to the downhill reliability of an alpine heel. This updated Kingpin had a whole bunch of carbon slapped on both the toe and heel, and was given ergonomic ski/walk levers and ergonomic climbing aids that better match your natural stride. For years, Kingpin bindings have been opening up the sidecountry to resort skiers. Now, that further accessibility is available in an even lighter and more user-friendly package with the Marker Kingpin M-Werks 12.
- Carbon reinforcement in the toe and heel cut weight, allowing you to tour farther and easier than with the heavier Kingpin models.
- Alpine-style heel clamp offers noticeably higher vertical elasticity as compared to pin-style heels, great for handling bumps.
- Marker widened the base of this binding, making for more power transfer that improves downhill performance.
- The ski/walk lever now has a neat sideways lever arm, making transitioning easier.
- Heel risers at 0, 7, and 13 degrees make uphill travel more comfortable.
- ISO 9523 (AT) boot compatible.
Update 2022/23: ISI (Intuitive Step In) toe piece has a wider platform and rubber bumper for easier step-in that requires less force. This added one ounce to the weight.
|Brake Width||Ski Width|
|Weight (pair)||1366g [100mm]|
||ISO 9523 with tech toes|
||2 + flat|
||Carbon reinforced thermoplastic, steel pins|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Mixed resort / backcountry skiing, side county, snowmobile accessed skiing|
|Notes||Lighter version of the Kingpin so you don't have to suffer as much|
|Bottom Line||Efficient walkability of a pin toe with the dampening feel of an alpine heel|
|Compare to other Full-featured Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Well worth the power from the alpine heel I’d you were going with a burlier binding anyway.
Transitioning is a bit harder than most standard tech bindings since you need to pull a lever under the boot and push the heel down. That being said, with some practice it doesn’t add that much time and can still be done with skis in the bindings.
Unfortunately, we don't carry any additional screws for Marker Bindings, but I can give you the dimensions of the screws they use. The toe uses 4 14.5mm flathead screws. while the heel uses 3 11.5mm flathead screws and 2 22mm flatheads to hold on the brakes. All of the screws have a 10mm head diameter.
Thanks for the question! Since these aren't tech bindings, the brake is integrated into the heel piece such that you will need a brake to lock your heel in while in ski mode. That being said, you can remove the brake to swap in another, or snip the brake arms off.
i have an old Dynafit Zzero 3 boot that fits my feet very well and i dont wanna change it. My question is if this boot fits the marker kingpin binding? I read that there are certain boots which do not fit like the tlt 4/5...
Thanks a lot
The Dynafit Zzero 3 has full toe and heel welts, which should work with the Marker Kingpin M-Werks 12. However, because the Zzero and the Kingpin were never manufactured at the same time, Marker has not officially confirmed the compatibility of the two.
Also, in a similar vein, obviously, the toe pieces for both the Vipec and the Tecton are the same. However, what about the hole pattern for the heel piece? I need to do a swap on these, as well, and I will do it if it involves no new drilling.
For the second part of your questions, you can see all mounting patterns here - hole patterns. They are the same.
For those building a dedicated touring setup who would rank release consistency relatively low compared with weight and usability, a binding like the Dynafit Radical ST or Speed Radical may be a better option and will save you some money.
For those who are building a setup where 80% or more time will be spent in the resort, you may prefer binding with a DIN setting on the toe like the Atomic/Salomon Shift. Again, these are cheaper than the Kingpin.
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