The Curated Take
I have personally used the Marker Jester 16 bindings for the last 5 years on my resort skis. I ski very hard and have a 10 DIN. Even though I am not at the high end of the binding (16 DIN), I find that having the high quality build of a higher DIN binding gives me confidence in the release and durability of the bindings. I have never had any pre-releases. The bindings reliably release when I need them to in the event of a big crash.
Anyone that is sending small to medium cliffs (<15 feet) and skis very aggressively (straightlining, smashing through moguls, quick/sharp turns, etc) will find that this binding performs perfectly for their needs.
- These bindings have a mostly metal construction which makes them very durable.
- With a DIN range up to 16, these things are ready to send big cliffs and handle whatever is thrown at them
- Solid releases. I have had multiple gnarly double ejection falls and they released as they should.
- Some components are not the absolute highest end- look to the Jester 18 Pro for peak performance.
- Heavy binding. Not designed for alpine touring.
The Marker Jester 16 ID bindings were newly redesigned to fit perfectly in the Marker Royal Family collection for the 2023 season. It sits midway between the Marker Griffon 13 and the Marker Jester 18. If the Griffon 13 is too little, and the Jester 18 seems like overkill, the extraordinary feel and look of the Jester 16 will be a good fit. Weight has been minimized, but not at the expense of that Jester bombproof feel. It is a viable big mountain and "sendy" binding option for more aggressive skiers.
- Anti-Ice Rail on Toe – The bottom of the boot can be scraped on the toe piece to knock off ice before clicking in.
- Sole ID Plate – The height-adjustable gliding plate is compatible with alpine, touring, and GripWalk boot soles.
- Inner Pivot Freeride Heel – This is the third and newest generation of Marker Heel Pieces, built to improve power transmission, step-in comfort, and energy absorption when skiing.