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Marker Alpinist 12 Ski Bindings · 2023

Marker Alpinist 12 Ski Bindings · 2023

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The ultra-light and durable touring pin binding for high alpine challenges with DIN settings up to 12.

The ultra-light pin binding (245 g w/o brake) offers active length compensation during ski flex and an impressive power transfer downhill due to a 38 mm drill pattern. The carbon-reinforced toe provides great stiffness and comes with anti-ice pads and integrated elastomers for easy stepping in. The heel features a climbing aid with 0°, 5° and 9° angle and allows super convenient switching between hike and ride mode. Very practical: Alpinist allows a +/- 7,5 mm heel adjustment to suit various sole/boot lengths!

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES ALPINIST HEEL Alpinist heel with adjustable lateral release with different DIN options and 15mm of heel adjustment range (+-7,5mm). Offers three walking modes thanks to the hot forged aluminium climbing aid. The “Fast Shift Mode” enables quick shifting between neutral and highest walking mode. The active length compensation in the heel allows consistent power transmission and release performance, even when the ski is flexed.”

ANTI ICE PADS Anti Ice Pads in the base of toe and heel (if no brake is installed) to prevent icing in critical areas

CLIMBING AIDS ALPINIST Neutral walking mode and two climbing aids offering 5° and 9°. The fast shift mode enables quick shifting between 0° and 9° without the need to rotate the heel.

ALPINIST BRAKE / LONG TRAVEL BRAKE Optional brake for MARKER ALPINIST. Improved usability on both brakes

CRAMPON KINGPIN/ALPINIST Easy to install crampons for KINGPIN and Alpinist available in the sizes 80mm, 90mm, 105mm, 120mm

ACTIVE LENGTH COMPENSATION Active length compensation in the heel allowing the heel to move back up to 4 mm when the ski is flexed.

LENGTH ADJUSTMENT Alpinist heel offers a 15mm heel adjustment range (from -7.5mm to +7,5 mm).

CARBON REINFORCED PIN TOE & ANTI ICE PADS Carbon fiber reinforced material for improved stiffness and super lightweight. Anti Ice Pads in the base of toe to prevent icing in critical areas.

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Advanced, Expert
Din release - low value
Din release - high value
Additional features
Recommended Skier Weight – Max. 242 lbs. (110 kg)
Indiv. binding weight (g)
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Expert Reviews
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Nils Aberg
Nils Aberg
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Nils Aberg tested this product

The Alpinist 12 is the perfect binding for a lightweight touring setup. It sits very close to the ski and has a really stiff feel, which I love in choppy snow and in high-stakes spots. This year's Alpinist has a toe guide that makes stepping into the toe much easier. I've really appreciated how well these bindings tour. They're light, they have a decent heel riser option that's easy to use, and the minimal contact between boot and ski makes skinning simple and easy. Transitioning takes very little work and is conducive to skimo-style ripping.

I haven't had too many serious crashes on these bindings, but I've been impressed with how they release. In comparison to alpine bindings, they're definitely not super smooth, but as far as tech bindings go, I feel comfortable pushing these bindings hard. The only issue I've ever seen with durability is in the plastic surrounding the pins of the heel piece. In heavy landings, the metal U that forms the heel can break out of the plastic. Hasn't happened to me, and I've only seen it once.

For people who are new to touring, I might suggest a binding with a brake. These don't come with any feature to stop the ski from running if a release occurs, which also makes stepping in precarious in certain spots. Even despite this, I love both the skinning and skiing feel of this binding, and I'm excited to keep pushing them in the backcountry!

  • Super lightweight and simple
  • Rigid feel and close fit to the ski
  • Simple transition
  • Plastic construction
  • No brakes
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