Why we chose the Marker Kingpin 13: Reliable, safe, powerful
Boot Type: Dynafit inserts
Toe System: ISI Toe
Walking Modes: 0°, 7°, 13°
Brake Width: 75mm, 100mm, 100mm & 125mm
Weight : 715g
Marker have for a long time been at the top of the game when it comes to producing bindings throughout all the different areas of skiing, and they are nothing short of that status when it comes to the backcountry either. The lightweight ISI pin toe piece, commonly found on the popular Alpinist binding, is paired with a modified alpine heel piece with built-in climbing aids. They’ve done this as a way of providing a secure heel lock during downhill performance, but also exceptional versatility when the skins are on.
Focusing on ease of use, Marker have introduced an easy step in toe piece through the use of enlarged contact areas for the boot when stepping in and a rubber stop pad. This prevents some of the awkward hassle that comes when trying to step into tiny pin bindings in deep snow. A gentle push through the forefoot is all that is required to activate the pin in the toe piece, from there the adventure can begin.
The revolutionary heel construction of the Kingpin binding sees the spring-loaded heel piece, found in Marker’s alpine binding fleet, brought into the fold. This is known for delivering maximum power transmission and firm heel hold. This drastically improves performance in the binding, but also is much safer in the event of an accident in the deep snow (thanks to the lateral release function).