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In two short years the Marker Kingpin has established itself as the go-to solution for backcountry enthusiasts who live a secret life as lift-served skiers but only want to maintain one setup. The Marker Kingpin 13 Alpine Touring Ski Bindings are ideal for skiers who split their days between the ski area and touring, or those traveling to ski destinations which may or may not require touring capability. Marker's Six Pack toe springs and cam-activated heel retention deliver skiing performance that other tech bindings can't match at a weight that frame AT bindings simply can't achieve.
- Mountain Gear
The innovative Marker Kingpin 13 ski bindings have earned their stripes as the performance standard in PinTech AT binding technology.
Marker found the sweet spot with the Kingpin 13 AT Binding, which cribs plenty of reliable tech from classic two-pin bindings, takes cues traditional alpine blindings, and adds a whole mess of brand new to create a clamp that's lightweight and efficient on the climb as well as powerful and reliable on the down. The toe uses spring-loaded pins to secure your boot, has a locking ski/walk switch, and sports adjustable boot stops for easy step-in. Six steel springs provide greater energy absorption and contact pressure than a four-spring setup, reducing unwanted release in ski mode and giving you a smoother ride. There's also an integrated crampon adapter for stress-free ascents up bulletproof snow or in no-fall zones. Like an alpine binding, the Kingpin's heel features a step-in function, has a beefy anti-friction device, and rocks alpine-style brakes that lock up in walk mode. To further distinguish the Kingpin from traditional tech bindings, it's TUV-certified, meaning that it has real, measurable, and repeatable DIN settings, not just release values. The heel also pivots laterally to provide consistent release and retention, with plenty of vertical elasticity as well, so you have a powerful alpine connection instead of that rattly tech-binding feel. To engage the walk mode, just flip the underfoot lever to slide the heel back and step down, locking the brakes in a raised position. That'll give you a free, flat heel, and the dual risers can be flipped down with a pole to give you 7 and 13 degrees of climbing comfort. Reverse the process to engage ski mode with the flick of a lever, and get excited to rip the biggest, baddest, most remote lines you can find.
This is the binding freeriding touring skier have been looking for: The Marker Kingpin 13 Ski Binding is lightweight for long days while remaining performance-oriented. The innovative Kingpin redefines the performance standard in PinTech AT binding technology. With DIN/ISO 13992:2007 certification from Germany's prestigious TAoeV testing organization, its unique design and new toe and heel pieces are the culmination of years of R&D testing including over one million vertical feet on snow. The new touring leader for ease of use, DIN/ISO certified release function, and unbeatable power transmission. Unbeaten power transmission. Unique comfort & easy handling. Protection thanks to release function. DIN range: 6 - 13. Recom. Skier's Weight: 130+ lbs. Height w/o ski: 21 mm. Brake Width: 75-100mm and 100-125mm. Toe System: Kingpin PinTech Toe. Gliding AFD: Stainless Steel, Height Adjustable. Step-in heel: Kingpin Heel. Color Combinations: black / gold. Weight (w/o / with brake): 650 g / 730g. Art. No.: 77933P1.MA (75-100mm), 7933P1.MB (100-125mm)
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
Marker Alpine Touring Bindings Kingpin 13 Touring Ski Binding Black/Copper 75-100MM 7933S1MAZ. A pintech toe piece brings the binding pivot point a lot closer to your toes than other framed AT bindings. The KingPin heel stays connected to the ski with each step and this saves an immense amount of energy of the course of a long tour. Because of these your ski touring boots are locked into a solid energy transmitting system that ensures excellent edge grip power transfer and ski control.