Review: Marker Jester 16 ID Ski Bindings · 2024

Published on 02/26/2024 · 3 min readCurated Expert, Hunter W, has tested this product to give you their unbiased, definitive take.
Hunter W, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Hunter W
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The Curated Take

4.5/5

The Marker Jester 16 ID Ski Bindings are ideal for expert skiers seeking high-performing, durable bindings. Due to their metal construction and Triple Pivot Elite toe feature, they offer excellent power transfer and a smooth, consistent release. The bindings are versatile with multi-norm compatibility, ensuring most boots fit seamlessly. However, their high DIN range and price point may not suit intermediate-advanced riders. Overall, these bindings are a reliable choice for those who demand top-notch performance and are willing to invest in quality gear.

Ideal for
  • Great for those who need the highest-performing bindings
  • Metal construction for durability
  • Easy to use
Not ideal for
  • High DIN range, so not great for everyone
Release Reliability
Hunter W, Curated Expert
I have yet to experience an unexpected release—no surprises, no frustration, just performance. With these bindings being constructed for the expert skiers out there in mind, this is a must....Read more
Durability
Hunter W, Curated Expert
The bindings feature magnesium components, providing a great platform for conserving weight and increasing durability. The bindings also feature high-density plastics throughout the design that don't scuff or break easily....Read more
Versatility
Hunter W, Curated Expert
The bindings offer a great platform for those who demand the most from their bindings. However, given the price point and high DIN settings, it isn't always ideal for the...Read more
Power Transfer
Hunter W, Curated Expert
The Marker Jester bindings have a large amount of contact with the mounting points of the skis. Due to the extra metal construction and the top-end DIN, the bindings can...Read more

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About the bindings
  • Model: Marker Jester 16 ID Ski Bindings · 2024
Test conditions
  • When I bought these: November 2023
  • Where I’ve used them: Northern Michigan/Midwest skiing
  • How many times I've used it: 45

Expert Reviews of the Marker Jester 16 ID Ski Bindings

 The Marker Jester 16 ID Ski Bindings are great for those expert skiers looking for quality ski bindings that will last. The Jester's DIN range allows for full customizability to cater to what best fits one's needs. The anti-ice rail was something I appreciated about the bindings as soon as I took them out of the box. It's a subtle yet very helpful feature on the top of the toe piece to knock off that pesky ice/compact snow build-up on the bottom of my boot. The binding was created for multi-norm compatibility. This means that most boots will fit into these ski bindings seamlessly. While skiing with the bindings, power transfer to the ski feels great. The skis respond quickly, as expected, and I notice how well the binding can absorb energy after stomping some big airs. I have yet to experience an early release with the bindings. This may be partly due to Marker's Triple Pivot Elite toe feature. My only gripe with these bindings is their cost. I think this binding is best for experts and provides little benefit to the intermediate/advanced rider compared to the Marker's Griffon 13 ID ski bindings.

Product Specs

GenderUnisex
Model year2024
Ski binding typeAlpine
Skill levelAdvanced, Expert
Din release - low value6
Din release - high value16

Review Ratings

Release Reliability

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. I have yet to experience an unexpected release—no surprises, no frustration, just performance. With these bindings being constructed for the expert skiers out there in mind, this is a must. If I don't want the bindings coming off, they shouldn't. It allows me to put the control in my hands, not the mercy of the bindings. In the few times I have released thus far, it has been when I expected and hoped to help prevent injury.

Durability

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The bindings feature magnesium components, providing a great platform for conserving weight and increasing durability. The bindings also feature high-density plastics throughout the design that don't scuff or break easily. The extra metal throughout the build of the binding helps maintain the life of the bindings for multiple pairs of skis.

Versatility

3/5
 gave 3 of 5 stars. The bindings offer a great platform for those who demand the most from their bindings. However, given the price point and high DIN settings, it isn't always ideal for the more intermediate-advanced and surely not beginner riders. The high DIN settings allow great customization for the heavier riders and those who charge hard. However, this top-end to 16 is unnecessary and unrealistic for many riders. Maintaining this binding's spot is best suited for the experts.

Power Transfer

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The Marker Jester bindings have a large amount of contact with the mounting points of the skis. Due to the extra metal construction and the top-end DIN, the bindings can transfer a ton of force through the boot into the skis. It allows those who push their skis the hardest to push further.

FAQs

What do you love about this product?

The Marker Jester 16 ID Ski Bindings offer reliable and customizable performance. The bindings offer excellent power transfer from the boots to the ski. They also allow for great customization. The Jesters also feature extra metal for a more solid and durable construction. The bindings allow for various boot sole types to fit as well.

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

I recently had a day on the mountain where I got the first chair up. Once I got to the top, I had my pick of runs with a perfect groom running all the way down it. It was my favorite run of the season so far, ripping down a freshly groomed blue and making some perfect S turns. I attribute a large part of my ability to ski my skis well to the power transfer of this binding.

Why did you choose this product?

I was buying a brand new set of skis and wanted a binding that I knew I could trust to protect me and function as it should, and also something that would last, potentially even past the life of the ski I had just bought. After doing a lot of research, I kept coming back to the Marker Jester 16 ID. Known for its high-end power transfer, durability, and customizability, it helps maintain a solid connection between the skier and the ski.

What is the value for the money versus other options?

The value of this binding really comes down to its construction. With more metal in the bindings comes more durability, allowing the bindings to last for many years to come. Other similar models lack the same durability. This binding also comes in a larger variety of brake widths, allowing it to have a better fit among more ski models than other options out there.
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