I have these binding on my Volkl Mantras and I've…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars


I have these binding on my Volkl Mantras and I've also read many reviews that these are excellent!


  • Quality by Marker


  • Not for the bigger aggressive skier

Will write more later, but I needed to put up something. Don't take my word, do research: these are some of the BEST out there!

For a guy 165 lbs the max din is not an issue. If you're a bigger person buy a higher din binding, don't put this one down! 

Pretty horrible option for the price. Not durable,…

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


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


  • 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.


  • 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 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!


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

5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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The Marker Griffon 13 Binding is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 28, 2016 at Tahoe Mountain Sports.

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