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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.

- Backcountry.com

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

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

With power transmission and a DIN release that's on par with alpine bindings, the Marker Kingpin 13 touring bindings are the ideal choice for days that involve lots of climbing and technical descents.

- REI

The Marker Kingpin raises the bar for safety and performance in backcountry bindings. It combines a state-of-the-art "tech" toe piece for ultimate touring efficiency, with a custom designed alpine style heel piece for power transfer. Kingpins are among an elite few tech style bindings to earn TUV certification for DIN/ISO 13992 - a huge step forward in safety. The Kingpin's alpine style heel piece gets rid of the "pin heel" system traditionally used in tech bindings. Instead of pins which insert into the heel of the boot, the Kingpin uses an over center pivot lever to hold the boot in place, just like an alpine binding. Additionally, the heel piece utilizes lateral release, giving the boot more elastic travel before releasing, allowing the skier more time to recover as well as cushioning the force of the release. There are two climbing aids in the heel unit - one at 7 degrees and one at 13. These are easily flipped using the basket or tip of a ski pole. The toe piece uses 6 springs (most tech toes have only 4) for increased energy transfer and to minimize pre-release. Stepping into the binding is made easier due to "Boot Stoppers" that align any brand of tech purposed boots directly with the toe pins. The Kingpin is slightly heavier than other tech bindings, but like all tech bindings, the weight is not lifted with each step when touring like it is with rail bindings.Kingpins are perfect for backcountry skiers looking for safer, higher performing bindings on the downhill, without much sacrifice when touring. Power, performance, safety. Hail the King! KINGPIN TOE PIECE The PinTech toe piece for the MARKER KINGPIN. Extraordinary in design, innovative in its technical execution. The highlights include the Sixpack springs for powerful grip of the boot - these toe pieces are unlike anything that's come before (six springs instead of four). An integrated crampon adapter is naturally also part of the standard version EASY STEP-IN: Boot stops position the boot in the right place and make it easy to step in, regardless of the brand or model of boot. Simply push the toe of the boot up to the boot stops, apply pressure to the toes and you're already finished. The pins click securely into the inserts. The system will then only open if the pre-configured release force is produced. SIXPACK POWER SPRINGS Six springs made of high-performance steel deliver a boost in energy capture compared with traditional PinTech toe pieces. The KINGPIN 13 delivers even higher spring compression than the KINGPIN 10 to accommodate for athletic skiers who demand uncompromising power transmission without a single misstep. The annoying, and in many cases highly dangerous, blocking step has also been eliminated! WALKING COMFORT The inserts have pushed the pivot point further forward toward the toes/balls of the feet, allowing the foot to roll more ergonomically and 'naturally,' which cuts exertion. The pins click directly into the boot, which reduces the lifting force required to walk. This more direct connection also provides better control and steering during walking and especially when traversing on hard snow. The combination of optimized pivot point, better rolling behavior and the fact that the heel piece doesn't rise together with the binding frame saves a tremendous amount of energy during the ascent. This is most noticeable on long tours covering many vertical meters. XXL POWER TRANSMITTER The heel construction is a revolution for any PinTech binding, with contact points placed very wide and far apart to hold the boot heel along a broad surface on its outermost edge. This eliminates any wobble in the tipping forces used to initiate turns and lets power be transmitted smoothly via the binding into the ski. Because skis are primarily steered using impulses originating in the heel, the KINGPIN heel pieces are highly decisive in achieving maximum, highly direct power transmission, top control and pure bliss in the descent. This is another key benefit over previous PinTech bindings that transmit power via two simple metal pins positioned close to one another in the boot's heel, which leaves the boot seated in a highly wobbly manner, and builds a highly indirect path for the steering impulses to reach the ski. BRAKE Two different brakes are available for the KINGPIN (75-100 mm ski width and 100-125 mm ski width). Beyond the standard safety features, they are notable for one convenient feature: They automatically lock into place when in walk mode, and immediately reactivate when the binding is switched into ski mode. The brakes feature a notably large move-in, moving away from the traditional brake shape that sticks far out beyond the ski. The brakes are also quick and easy to replace. WALK/SKI MODES The refined locking/unlocking procedure for the heel piece is part of the binding's charm. Simply flip a lever, push down on the heel and you're good to go. The mechanism works with guaranteed reliability even in critical situations and challenging descents. CLIMBING AIDS Good climbing aids have one thing in common: Whatever the situation, they can be operated by feel, even when the skier can't see them clearly. Simplicity is a virtue here, and reduced exertion is even better. The KINGPIN wins hearts and minds through two integrated climbing aids (7Adeg and 13Adeg) that are easily deployed or stowed using the basket of the pole. They can also be operated conveniently using the tip of the pole, allowing them to work with any basket style. Because the climbing aids are positioned in the upper center of the heel piece, they are always easy to reach. ADJUSTABLE DIN ISO SETTING Safety is a top priority for MARKER even in these ultra-light, almost minimalistic PinTech bindings. The heel piece is one of the key components in this regard, offering all key functions of a high-tech safety binding and, together with the Sixpack toe piece (with six instead of the standard four pins), the KINGPIN Binding achieved TAoeV based on DIN ISO 13992:2007! It is compatible with almost all touring ski boots featuring PinTech inserts and satisfying DIN ISO Norm 9523. SAFETY RELEASE The KINGPIN offers release functionality and values comparable with those found on alpine bindings. Unlike most alpine bindings, side releases occur at the heel here, yet the energy, consistency and efficiency of the release on a PinTech binding are completely comparable with the standards for alpine bindings! The heel design with contact pressure and classical sole seat delivers perfect length compensation, preventing unintended releases or compromised ski flex. One major advantage of the KINGPIN in terms of safety comes through its ability to ski at any time in the unlocked position (lever on the heel in "ski," not "walk" position!) without risking accidental releases on hard surfaces or when making aggressive turns

- Bentgate.com

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