Why we chose the Marker Alpinist 12: Affordable, lightweight, user-friendly
Weight per binding: 245g (brakeless) or 335g (with brake)
Release Value: 6 – 12
Riser Heights: 0˚, 5˚ & 9˚
Brake Sizes: 90, 105 & 115 mm
Heel Adjustment: 7.5 mm
The Alpinist range from Marker has quickly cemented itself as one of the ‘go-to’ ski touring bindings for skiers who value a lightweight, reliable and affordable binding. At just under £300, this is one of the most affordable bindings out there. Now, for the 22/23 winter season, Marker has made some slight tweaks to this platform; making it an even more refined binding.
The first change is to the toe unit. By inserting a bit of extra padding to the toe, Marker say they’ve made the binding easier to click into. This bit of extra rubber at the toe stretches to below the toe wings in an effort to keep any snow and ice at bay. The next (slightly more straightforward) update can be seen in the addition of a few extra colourways, moving things away from the slightly more plain white and black versions (although, in this case, Marker has sent us the black version).
Let’s take a look at what’s going on with this lightweight binding.
Marker Alpinist 12 Build
First up, and most importantly for any kind of ski binding, is the 4 mm of elastic travel in the heel. Similar to the forward pressure spring in the heel of an alpine binding, this spring will move forwards and backwards to compensate for ski flex as you arc your skis around a turn. In turn, this subtle movement of the binding will help to keep you and your boot in the binding even when you’re bending the skis hard through high-speed turns.