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.
|Brake Width||Ski Width|
|Weight (pair)||1332g [100mm]|
|Boot Compatibility||ISO 9523 with tech toes|
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Materials||Lots of carbon reinforced thermoplastic, steel pins|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Resort skiing, side county access, snowmobile accessed skiing, freeride touring|
|Notes||Functions much like the other Kingpin models, but weighs less and has some ergonomic upgrades.|
|Bottom Line||Efficient walkability of a pin toe with the dampening feel of an alpine heel, perfect for mixed resort / backcountry use.|
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Questions & Reviews
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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