Marker Griffon 13 Binding

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Pretty horrible option for the price. Not durable,…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (Return)

Summary

Pretty horrible option for the price. Not durable, low elasticity, very high stack. Plastic. A beginner would like this binding.

Pros

  • It is a binding
  • Short toe piece keeps the ski flex around the toe area somewhat natural(although it is still too high off the ski).
  • Screws are fairly far apart so you don't pull the binding out of the ski easily.

Cons

  • Low elasticity
  • Stack
  • Weight
  • Plastic

I am not really sure why you would ever consider buying this binding.

1st, for a 12 din binding the elasticity of the spring is very low, which means they pre-release way too often.

2nd, the binding is mostly of plastic construction, which means that it will not hold up very well over the course of its somewhat shortened lifetime.

3rd it is a bulky binding that raises you too high off the ski which causes you to loose the "feel" of the ski. The 16 DIN Jester is a slightly better binding, but if you are going to spend money on these, just buy the Rossignol FKS 14, it is much much much much better.

This binding literally does not compare to the Rossignol FKS 14 or Look Pivot 140 bindings...in fact, I would still prefer about 10 other bindings to this one. That is not to say that this binding is horrible, it is adequate for the job, but I would hate to spend $229.99 on a binding that lacks some of the key features I love in those aforementioned fixations. 

What don't I like about this binding? 

  1. How high it sits off of the ski 
  2. How long the rear base plate is 
  3. No height adjustment on the toe (which isn't necessary with all bindings, but this one has such a large natural gap that it is a problem, especially with Dalbello boots) 
  4. They claim it is the widest binding out there, it might have the widest plastic under the binding, but it does not have the widest hole pattern...which is what is actually important.. 
  5. Binding Elasticity is horrible...yeah, it might be the quickest to release binding in the world, which some people, especially novice skiers, would equate with safety. But when you are skiing big lines or skiing in the park, it actually is common for a release to cause more injury than good. A binding that does not hold you in well gives you very little time to recover, which can put you in some very dangerous predicaments. 
  6. No pivot feature makes the release feel less natural 
  7. Toe piece has too many parts. 
  8. Too much plastic 


What I do like about the binding. 

  1. It is a binding. 
  2. Short toe piece keeps the ski flex around the toe area somewhat natural(although it is still too high off the ski). 
  3. Screws are fairly far apart so you don't pull the binding out of the ski easily. 


All in all, don't believe the hype...just get Pivot/FKS bindings and be done with it!

G00SE MODERATOR

I don't know anything about skiing, Josh, but this is a very detailed review. Thanks!


9 days ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing your ski gear reviews, Josh. Welcome to Trailspace.


9 days ago

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

With just as much fatty-wielding power as the beefiest Marker bindings, the Griffon Ski Binding provides a secure hold and hard-charging performance with a lower DIN range for lighter-weight skiers. It's got re-sculpted Triple Pivot Elite toe and Inter-Pivot heel to match the Duke and Jester for freeskiing burliness, and it weighs less than both of those hard-hitters. An integral part of the Royal Family, the Griffon holds a high rank for designated alpine rippers.

- Backcountry.com

With a facelift for 2013/2014 including the re-sculpted toe and heel from the Duke and Jester, the Marker Griffon Bindings help Marker further cement its place as the go-to freeskiing binding in the market. AFD Gliding Plate: All Marker ski bindings are equipped with a moveable AFD (anti friction device), allowing a precise release, unhindered by dirt, snow and ice buildup. The type of AFD is matched to the skier type, ensuring perfect functionality - from racing to junior bindings and even ski touring. Triple Pivot Elite Toe: With a horizontally oriented spring, the Triple Pivot Elite Toe provides the highest energy absorption to reduce the risk of early release. The secure purchase on the boot lug optimizes power transmission and allows for durable, high energy use. The performance to weight ratio of the Triple Pivot toe is truly unmatched in the industry. Inter Pivot Heel: This industry-leading construction delivers superior holding power for all types of freeskiing. Its design focuses power in the direction of the boot sole, increasing elasticity. The overall design focuses on optimum power transmission. Power Width Design: The original Marker breakthrough for wider freeskiing skis, based on a 76mm platform. Wider connection brackets create better power transmission for all Marker Royal Family and Tour bindings. Save on the Marker Griffon online with fast shipping at Tahoe Mountain Sports!. Color: White/Black/Red, Black/White/Teal

- Tahoe Mountain Sports