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Marker Alpinist 12 Ski Bindings · 2024

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Nils Aberg, Ski Expert
Craig Piefer, Ski Expert
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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!

Ideal for
  • Super lightweight and simple
  • Rigid feel and close fit to the ski
  • Simple transition
Not ideal for
  • Plastic construction
  • No brakes
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The Marker Alpinist 12 Ski Bindings are the perfect choice for experienced touring skiers who demand ultra-lightweight equipment without sacrificing performance. With a weight of just 270g (without brake), these bindings offer active length compensation that doesn't affect the ski's flex, making them ideal for those who want to push their limits on the mountain. The ISI front is very stiff, making it easy to step into, while the wide footprint with integrated stop automatically positions and aligns your boot. The kinematically optimized pin levers allow the pins to snap shut with just a gentle push, ensuring a secure fit every time.

Key Features:

  • Ultra-lightweight design at just 270g (without brake).
  • Active length compensation without affecting ski flex.
  • Stiff ISI front for easy stepping in.
  • Wide footprint with integrated stop for precise alignment.
  • Kinematically optimized pin levers ensure secure fit.
Ethan Scherer, Ski Expert
Peter R., Ski Expert
Turner Gamache, Ski Expert
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4.98 average rating

Brake width (mm)No Brake Width
GenderUnisex
Model year2024
Ski binding typeAlpine Touring
Skill levelAdvanced, Expert
Din release - low value6
Din release - high value12
Additional featuresRecommended Skier Weight Max. 242 lbs. (110 kg)
Indiv. binding weight (g)245
Boot sole typeAlpine Touring (ISO 9523)
Age GroupAdult
ColorBlack

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Nils Aberg owns 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,... Read more
Ideal for
  • Super lightweight and simple
  • Rigid feel and close fit to the ski
  • Simple transition
Not ideal for
  • Plastic construction
  • No brakes
Reviewed by:
Nils Aberg
Ski Expert
4.2/5
Craig Piefer owns this product
Simple and practical. That is what I want from each piece of gear I bring with me into the backcountry. The Marker Alpinist 12 is just that. The toe piece is has very few moving parts to worry about failing. An easy to see and feel rubber bumper lets you know when your boot is in position to engage toe... Read more
Ideal for
  • The bindings are super light weight
  • Intuitive toe pin initiation
  • Super simple heel piece makes for easy and fast transitions
Not ideal for
  • Heel piece requires a lot of force to turn
  • Brake setup is hokey and requires a couple steps to use and is not automatic
  • A higher climbing aid would be nice
Reviewed by:
Craig Piefer
Ski Expert

Popular questions (4)

Why did you choose this product?As someone who appreciates simplicity in product design, the Marker Alpinist stood out to me. I was searching for a...read more
Nils Aberg
Ski Expert
What is the value for the money versus other options?In my opinion, these are at the top of the list in regards to a price/quality ratio. They weigh in...read more
Nils Aberg
Ski Expert
What do you love about this product?There's a lot to love about the Alpinist. The updated version utilizes a rubber toe guide to allow for easy...read more
Nils Aberg
Ski Expert
What was your favorite moment with this gear?My Alpinists took me on a 15-hour linkup of three seldom-skied couloirs in the Twilights near Silverton, Colorado in April...read more
Nils Aberg
Ski Expert

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