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Back and burlier than ever.

With the reliability of 13-DIN and free-heel power of an AT binding, the Marker Baron 13 EPF Ski Binding holds you nice and tight on blazing downhills and lets you step and pivot freely on the climb. This year the Baron 13 has EPF, an Extended Power Frame for greater power transmission on fat skis (over 89-millimeter waists). It also got an upgrade to a Triple-Pivot Elite toe and Inter-Pivot heel for secure lockdown when raging down gnarly, no-fall terrain. Both toe and heel absorb energy and provide elasticity to prevent early release. And of course, this big-mountain beast is light and nimble as always.

  • DIN 4-13
  • EPF wider platform
  • Backcountry Technology climbing aid at 0, 7, 13 degrees
  • Triple pivot Elite Toe
  • Inter-Pivot heel
  • AFD stainless steel gliding plate

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Unanswered Question

Hey Guys,

I have a 315MM boot, can I go with the small or large setup? Seems it will fit on both, My thought is if I change boots, I would have more range on the large? Torn on which way to go, there doesn't seem to be a great deal of weight difference.. thoughts?

Mike

My 2 pairs of boots have different sole lengths of about 1 cm (1/2"). Besides the DIN settings, is there any reason why I can't mount them for one pair of boots, and then slide the heelpiece back/forward for another?

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You should definitely be able to do that! Just make sure you are within the range on the size (small or large).
Alpine bindings would be able to accommodate that as well!

4 5

Reliable and beefy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this binding with the G3 Fever skis and the Barons are beefy and reliable. I do not have the newest version of the binding since I bought my setup two and a half years ago. The binding does hold up and exceed my expectations and I am confident in its durability. I bought this binding because i could use alpine boots and I soon realized skinning in alpine boot is not the most enjoyable experience (it’s possible but not really enjoyable). Now I have AT boots and the Barons work really well with them so the crossover is a really nice advantage. The climbing modes are easy to adjust with the basket on a ski pole to lift or lower the setting. You do have to take your skis off to lock the binding into the ski mode, but most of the time you have to take your skins off anyway so that’s not a big deal.
The only negative I have is the Barons are heavy and my legs will get zapped after multiple climbs in a day. The perfect situation for this binding would be for people who do some skinning for back country runs and some resort skiing and the skier only has one set of skis.

4 5

They do the job.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They're markers, they're time tested and tough as nails. That being said, they're also pretty damn heavy. They're great for what they are, a 60/40 inbounds/ touring binding. For long tours, or use as a primary binding- I hope you have some burly legs. Overall, baron's are a great starter/weekend warrior binding.; they'll take a wide range of boots and won't let you down.

Is the new Baron lighter than the old one? What year did it get a 89mm waist? Were the brakes always 110mm?

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That wider frame (EPF) was developed for the 2012/13 Duke and then carried over to the 13/14 Baron. It also got the triple pivot elite toe and inter-pivot heel.
Looks like there shouldn't be a weight difference between this year and last year's models - but the Baron IS lighter than the Duke.
They have always been offered in the 110mm brake. You can select different brake sizes, but it looks like those are out of stock at the moment. Marker sells brakes separately as well:
http://www.backcountry.com/marker-royal-family-replacement-brake?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6bWFya2VyIGJhcm9uOjE6MjptYXJrZXIgYmFyb24&skid=MRK000I-ONECOL-S110MM
Those will fit any binding in Marker's Royal Family.

Best Answer Responded on

Thanks Laura. May you have light and fluffy snow all season.

I have Dynafit touring boots because they...

I have Dynafit touring boots because they fitted me best, but I do not want a Tech binding (Dynafit binding) because I want to jump into these bindings occasionally in my Alpine boots (Lange RX 130). Which ski binding will suit me best Marker Duke, Marker baron or the Salomon Gaurdian? The touring boots have rubber sole, will this make a difference?

Best Answer Responded on

Not sure if this is still helpful this late, but...

This is the binding for you if you want to use touring and alpine boots. The Guardian doesn't have a moving AFD, meaning it is only meant for use with a boot with a plastic sole where the sole contacts the AFD, such as Salomon's Walk to Ride boots.

The Baron, however, can use either a touring boot, or an alpine boot. You will need to adjust the AFD every time you switch between the two boots, but it's pretty easy to do - just turn a screw a bit. Make sure you know how to do it correctly though!

Unless you are a really big guy, you don't need the Marker Duke - the only real difference is it has a maximum release value of 16 instead of 13. Not many people need more than 13.

4 5

Know why you want them........

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this for escaping the resort but still being able to ski with the family. There heavy compared to the "new" tech bindings ( although ive never used them, ive had friends that have) Nonetheless there are killer bindings for a good price.

4 5

Heavy and Solid.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are great at what they do. I've toured my Barons all over the place, from deep winter to summer mountaineering, and ski them inbounds on a regular basis. As good as any alpine binding I've skied.

The obvious drawbacks is that they are heavy, and you have to take the ski off to switch modes (more annoying than it sounds at first).

Overall, good product, no surprises.

Dukes, Barons, Salomon Guardians.... I'm...

Dukes, Barons, Salomon Guardians.... I'm just getting into this end of ski sport, intermediate/advanced skier, 160lbs, 5' 5" - female... more access to front/back side resort skiing, not doing a lot of uphill skinning, more of traversing to get into some powder, too old ( not as flexible) to do Big cliffs, just want to get more powder experience, either min. hiking, cat/ heli skiing.
Are these a bit too high off of the ski ? ... skiing performance is a bigger priority, and binding safety/endurance, ease of use.... I've heard that the salomons tend to break... NOT good 1/2 way up or down in waist deep snow !

Best Answer Responded on

For what your main priorities are I would say that my personal preference would be the Salomon Guardians or the Marker Baron. Both have great durability, and great performance for what your trying to get into doing. The main differences between the two are going to be that the Baron you would need to take your skis off to switch between tour and alpine mode since the mechanism is under the foot. The mechanism for that on the guardian is behind the binding, so you can switch it using a pole without taking your boot out of the binding. Usually you would take your ski off to take skins off anyway, but if you want to switch on the move then the guardian is the way to go. For stand height, the baron has a 36 mm stand height compared to the 26 with the guardian. With that in mind the guardian is going to give you a lower profile and more natural downhill feel, but the difference isn't huge so it would be noticeable, but probably not something that's going to make or break the downhill performance you are looking for. Hope that helps, and if you have any other questions feel free to give us a call or use the live chat feature on our site.

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One more thing to consider is that the Guardians aren't compatible with the rubber soles found on most alpine touring boots. If you're shopping for new boots, or if you already have rubber sole boots, this could be an issue.

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The Guardians will actually work just fine with most touring soles, it just creates a need to adjust the toe height which you are going to want a shop to handle for you. The Marker options are the ones that won'e be compatible with a touring specific sole because of the way their friction plate works and the fact that you can't adjust the toe height. The guardians have an adjustable toe height and I use them as my daily driver with the technica bodacious boot with the tech soles.

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RJ - I think you have things mixed up. Rubber ski boot soles are onl supposed to be used with a moving AFD, such as on the Royal Family bindings. The Guardians are only supposed to be used with alpine sole boots. See this article:

https://www.wildsnow.com/8495/salomon-guardian-boots-backcountry/

I've talked to people that have used Guardians with AT boot soles (you are perhaps one of them), but Salomon recommends against it.

The Barons have an adjustable AFD height which allows for different types of boots (alpine or AT).

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dre5510726 you're right! This year's MNC version is made to accommodate AT soles, but last years was only technically compatible with WTR or alpine soles.
All Marker touring bindings have had that adjustable toe piece and sliding AFD for a few seasons now, so most model years are compatible. Definitely this years and last years.

My skis have a waist of 117cm. what size...

My skis have a waist of 117cm. what size should I buy?

Best Answer Responded on

The brakes that come with these are 110mm, so you would need to get wider brakes for you ski, unfortunately we are not stocking marker brakes at this time.

The sizing correlates to your boot's BSL (Boot Sole Length)

This is usually stamped on the boot close to the sole.

Small: 265 - 325mm BSL
Large: 305 - 365mm BSL

I am 215 6' intermediate + skier. I am...

I am 215 6' intermediate + skier. I am wondering if I am too big for these bindings? I am going to mount on Salomon Quest 115 188. I keep reading that people want dukes over barons, kind of confused on din ratings. I'm coming from a dynafit radical not sure about the bulky at binding.

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I have these on a pair of AMPerages. I toured on them all last year and skied hard on them the rest of the year at the resort. I am 6'2" about 240 lbs. I break everything and I have not broke these bindings. They are really solid feeling and confidence inspiring. I don't really see the point of the duke unless you are doing massive cliffs. I do 6' ish ones with these all the time, with no worries. That being said, they are a little heavy to tour with!

Are there wider brakes available for...

Are there wider brakes available for these???

Responded on

Yes. This binding is available in both Large and small sizes with 90mm, 110mm, and 132mm brake widths. Although at the moment we only have the 110mm in stock.

Responded on

Thanks!

Would this same binding with the 132mm brake be listed as a different item # on Backcountry.com?

And if they never arrive in stock, will the wider brakes ever be available for separate purchase?

Duke or Baron? I'm 5'10", 195lbs & wanna...

Duke or Baron? I'm 5'10", 195lbs & wanna use these in the trees on the East coast, with occasional icey groomers when forced. Considering the Dukes, but would I be better off w/ the slightly lighter Barons? This will be my first pair of AT-ish bindings and I'll be doing more traversing/sidecountry line hunting than skinning uphill. if you take price out of the equation, would I be better to have the more rugged, higher DIN Dukes?
thanks

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Josh,
As you won't be doing much uphill skinning, the weight won't be an issue, and price aside I would go with the Dukes- higher DIN and a bit more burly of a binding for the more downhill-oriented skiing you will be doing.
Also as this is your first year transitioning into A/T bindings, you could consider something like the Atomic Tracker or the Salomon Guardian- they sit a bit lower on the ski and have more of a traditional ski binding feel to them, while still having the touring capabilities.
Sorry for the novel, hope this helps!

Unanswered Question

I have Garmont Cosmos boots which are tech...

I have Garmont Cosmos boots which are tech compatible, (currently use dynafit radicals) but i'm looking at getting a set of either Marker Baron's or Dukes to pair up w/ a new set of K2 Hardside's. Will my current boots fit these two and which is a better binding?

How do these stack up to a pure alpine...

How do these stack up to a pure alpine binding? I am an east coast skier. I have never actually done any hiking but hope to get into it in the next couple seasons. I'm buying a new setup this year so I'm torn on AT vs Alpine binding. I wont use the AT much at all but am willing to get a set for the rare time I hike up if I wont sacrifice much downhill performance.

Best Answer Responded on

These will ski similar to an alpine binding since they are made to feel that way when skiing. Most alpine bindings will sit a little lower to the ski than an AT binding so they will provide more feedback from the skis. If you are not sure if you will be hiking much I might suggest an alpine binding and for the couple times you do hike just booting it. If you plan to tour a bit and maybe you want to start touring more then this is a great binding that will both ski the resort and backcountry well. If you decide to go with an alpine binding the marker griffon will be similar to this but is more resort friendly.

I am looking at the Marker Baron 13 EPF...

I am looking at the Marker Baron 13 EPF bindings and the Salamon Guardian WTR13. How important is it that the Salamon is lower to the ski? How much stronger are they inbounds? Which works better in the backcountry? thank you!

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They sit almost a full cm lower, which is helpful for balance. Personally, I am used to skiing on risers with carving and race skis, where they say you get better lean angles and can hold aggresive edging better, so a 35mm stand is nothing. Although the salomons are lower, I think the difference would be neglible to most on/off piste skiers. It will help you maintain balance, but should be solid on either.

Unanswered Question

hi ive been skiing on the 2010 baron for...

hi ive been skiing on the 2010 baron for about a year now and i love it. i bought it from my friend last year and i have used it for all alpine skiing. i was examining it and i noticed it had a little bit of play in where the track meets binding. It can slide about half a cm forward while in alpine mode(nothing too significant) . im wondering if i were to keep using this binding if it would break and whats the lifespan on a binding like this? i ski trees bumps a few smaller cliffs, hit kickers ect. as i mentioned i didnt do any hiking last year. although i hope these bindings last because i plan on doing the occasional hike this year. also if i were to change from the 2010 baron to a newer version would i have to re drill the holes in my skis? and is it bad for your skis to mount a binding like this twice (i ride the 4frnt crj). thanks!

can I mount these on a Ski with an 81 mm...

can I mount these on a Ski with an 81 mm waist? I read somewhere that Marker suggested 89mm or larger. Thank you.
GR

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Hey GR,
The bindings are based on Marker's original 76mm platform, so you should be fine to mount these on an 81mm waist ski. The brakes might be a little wide though, which you could change out for the 90mm brakes easily enough.

Are these compatible with Dynafit AT boots?...

Are these compatible with Dynafit AT boots?

Best Answer Responded on

Sara,
The Marker Baron is compatible with most tech fit bindings that are alpine or ski touring DIN/ISO compliant, including tech fit boots such as Dynafit. Some boots with a soft sole or abnormal shape however do not fit these bindings well (such as the Dynafit TLT5). If you need specific help about fitting your boots and bindings, give Backcountry a call at 1-800-409-4502.

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Awesome, thanks Micah. I have the ZZero 4U-TF boots, so they should work.

What is the widest break you can get for...

What is the widest break you can get for these? Can I get a brake that will fit a 121mm waist? How are these compared to the Guardian WTR 13?

Best Answer Responded on

Hi there,
The widest brake that comes standard with these will be 110, but I know you can contact the Marker dealer afterwards and get a hold of a wider brake that you could make fit your121 waist. I skied on these binding last winter and they held up really well on anything from small to medium backcountry hits to the resort groomers.
The Guardian WTR 13 will give you a wider brake (115) which you may be able to bend out to fit your skis.
Hope this helps!

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If you're careful, you should be able to bend 110 brakes to work. I have done this to gain ~10mm out of brakes instead of spending more money for wider ones. I also agree with Carver Shaw above about looking at the Guardian 13 too.