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The lighter and friendlier, but just as tough, touring sibling.

Although the Marker Tour F12 Alpine Touring binding has left its resort-loving brothers and sisters in favor of fresh, backcountry lines, it still bears the crest and bloodline of the Marker Royal Family. For example, its EPF Extended Power Frame is found on the Duke and Baron for crazy-efficient power transmission on fatter skis. And it features the same Backcountry Technology with climbing ability that the Duke and Baron have. The hollow linkage heel, however, sheds weight for a speedy ascent, and the Triple Pivot Light toe has Teflon for reduced wear and also keeps weight at a minimum. This touring binding accommodates alpine and AT boots, so you don't need a full setup designated for both backcountry and in-resort.

The Tour F12 has a lower DIN range (4-12) than the burlier Duke and Baron, but it also is lighter-weight. And with its own set of powers just right for most tourers, it's frankly getting tired of the comparison.

  • DIN 4-12
  • EPF wider platform
  • Backcountry Technology climbing capability
  • Triple Pivot Light toe
  • Hollow linkage heel
  • AFD stainless steel gliding plate

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4 5

So Far So Good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've only used the binding once since i've bought them, but so far they have been perfect as I begin getting into backcountry skiing. Although they are heavier than some other bindings, for the price they make sense. They worked great when i skied inbounds on them, they felt sturdy. I think they will be a great side country binding.

Will these bindings mount on the Volkl w-werks katana skis

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Yep definitely! You can mount any binding on that ski. The low weight of that ski is definitely optimized by a tech binding, but these are light for a frame binding so you will be stoked!

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The Volkl V-WERKS KATANA has a binding mounting area that is optimized for Marker Bindings to reduce the weight of the ski and improve the performance. If you choose to use a binding other than Marker, the Mounting Area Template on the reverse side needs to be used to confirm that all binding screws will be located inside the mounting area marked in

I just purchased this binding to go on a pair of G3 Crest skis for my "side country" set up in Maine. I am hoping to find a boot that I can use with this set up and also use with my Alpine Set up. I am an aggressive female skier but the boots I have now seem to have lost all stiffness and I have just simply adjusted. I am hoping to find a comfortable, relatively lightweight boot with a wide width. I am 5'5", 125lbs, 8DIN. Any suggestions?

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Hey jul5032613,

I'd definitely love to help you get into some new boots! Give me a ring or shoot me an e-mail and we can work together.


1-800-409-4502 ext. 4767

I have a set of 2010/2011 F12 and I'm going to switch to this years model. Do the holes line up?

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Nope. The EPF has an entirely different jig than the older F12s

I've contacted Marker and can't seem to get a straight answer.
Will the Scarpa Mobe fit this binding?
If it fits, will the lateral toe release work properly?

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That should fit any frame AT binding with an adjustable toe height and sliding AFD. SO yes, that should fit this binding.
That said, the Mobe does NOT meet DIN standards so technically any shop would have to automatically fail a system test on that binding using that boot. So, it would fit and probably release fine most of the time... But since that Vibram sole is not DIN certified, nobody (particularly Marker) could recommend that for liability reasons.
Many people do run that kind of kit, no problem.

I am trying to deceide between these and the salomon guardian 16's. The problem is that I am a mostly inbounds skier but I also want to start touring and have the added versatility of touring bindings; my DIN setting is around 6.5 but the lowest setting on the Guardian's is 7 but for the F12's is 4 however I have been told the downhill peformance (on piste, moguls, etc ) is reasonably poor. Can someone please help me make a decision between a slightly poorer downhill performance or skiing at a DIN setting that is 0.5 too great.
Many thanks C

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If you ride at a 6.5 you definitely won't want to move to a binding with a minimum DIN of 7. If you're worried about the downhill performance of the F12's, we do have an option for you - The Atomic Tracker 13. It's the same binding as the Guardian but branded for Atomic, and has a DIN of 4-13:

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Thanks very much Jeff
My other question would be how does the downhill performance of these compare to the performance of the rossignol axium bindings, which are the standard for rossignol soul 7 ?

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The stand height is lower on alpine bindings. AT frame bindings increase the stiffness of the ski underfoot. For these reasons and others, downhill performance tends to be better on alpine bindings vs. AT bindings. AT frame bindings are awesome because you get that uphill mobility without sacrificing too much downhill performance. Many people would not notice the difference, to be completely honest. I think you'll be stoked on these!
Let me know if you have any more questions!

I want to ask about overal strenght of this binding. I like to huck some cliffs (15-30feet max.). Can I go with these or should I stick to something bigger (other choice is heavy Duke...).
My skis Volkl Katana 184.
I am 6´ 150lbs.
Thank you

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Hey Zan,
If you cleanly stomp all your landing off those cliffs then you could ski these and not worry about them having issues. However based on how large you like to huck, I would recommend the Duke over the F12 strictly because it will hold up to large drops time and time again.

This binding certainly is lighter weight and is the better option for touring. But if you are after durability, and the peace of mind you get knowing your bindings are going to hold up to anything you throw at them, the Duke is the way to go.

2 5

Incompatible with Scarpa Gia Boots

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was so excited to get these mounted on my new Rossi's and get out with my new Scarpa Gia boots. Come to find out the toe cannot adjust to fit the height of the Gias, so had to return them.

Backcountry was great at returning these and helping me pick out a binding (Ambition) that is compatible with my boots.

Can I use this Binding with the Dynafit TLT mountain shoe?

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The Dynafit TLT is actually one of the only boots that WILL NOT work with this binding! The welts on that boot are minimized to reduce weight - basically the toe/heel pieces of that boot lack material for this binding to grab on to. That boot will only work with tech (frameless) bindings!

It appears to have been cleared up on this page, but before I purchase these I want to be sure they will work with my Scarpa Maestrale RS boots.

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Here's the long answer - the sole on that Scarpa Maestrale is not DIN certified, so when you go get them mounted, that shop tech will automatically fail the paperwork for a system test. Basically you will sign a liability waiver acknowledging that your boot does not meet DIN standards. However, YES that boot will fit any frame binding with an adjustable toe height and sliding AFD - that would be pretty much all AT frame bindings currently on the market.
Bottom line, yes they will work! This binding is made to accommodate both AT and alpine boots.

Will a large binding still hold a 305 bsl boot without pre-releasing or not releasing properly? I have larges now but I am changing to boots with a smaller bsl and what to make sure my bindings will still work. Thanks.

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Hey Kyle,

These bindings should hold your boots just fine! According to the Marker website, the Tour F12's in size Large have a BSL range from 305mm-365mm, so you should be all set. I'd definitely bring them to a ski shop to make sure everything is adjusted and set properly.

Feel free to hit me up if you have any other questions!

1-800-409-4502 ext. 4767

5 5

Tour de Awesome

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So the first thing I'll say is that I *haven't* taken this into the backcountry yet.... but I have skinned in them!

These guys are GREAT. They tour super easily and I haven't had any problems as of yet. The climbing bar is easily manipulated with your pole; there's a notch on the back of the black frame and if your line your pole up with that then you can easily flick the climbing bar. The pivot is super smooth and I feel like I am flying along like a beautiful dove.*

On the downhill these guys are great and feel just as solid as any other alpine binding I've used. While I can't say I can feel a difference, the Extended Power Frame (EPF) has a wider bolt pattern that gives you better control over today's wider skis.

The only catch to really be aware of is that in order to change modes, you need to eject your boot from the binding, as the locking mechanism is underfoot. Some people may find this to be a hassle, but I'm okay with it as the design allows for a lighter, more compact binding.

If you don't need the higher DIN of the Marker Barons or Dukes, then I say these lightweight F12s are an awesome option!

* A dove that is sucking winding and dry heaving due to being out of shape.

I have one bad knee and want to "lighten up" my resort / backcountry outfit. I'm 210 and 6'. Would the F12 EPF Tour be a good match for the DPS Wailer 99 Carbons (184 length)? Are the 110 brakes going to be a problem? Is there a better binding choice for me?

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I don't believe you will have any problems with the breaks but if you really wanted to lighten up, Dynafit! Do you have Tech binding compatible boots? IMO, putting a 4+lbs binding on a carbonfiber ski is like buying a Ferrari and putting a lift kit and swampers tires on it.

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Thanks for Reid. Yes, I have both DIN and Tech soles for my Atomic Wayfarer 130s. My only concern is that I will be buying the Wailers for 80 % resort (Whistler) and 20 % side / backcountry. Given my weight and the occasional "damp" snow conditions, I would rather have a true release binding when skiing inbounds. Maybe my solution is two pairs of skis for Christmas this year. :-)

I'm trying to decide between the F12's and...

I'm trying to decide between the F12's and Barons.
I don't do a lot of touring, so these will get more use on short tree trail excursions, exercise up and cruising down alpine slopes than they will in the backcountry (although I do go on one backcountry trip a year).

I'm an intermediate to advanced skier primarily in the icy east.
I'm female, 5'7", 140 lbs on the Line Sir Francis Bacon 165 shorty's.

The specs seem to be the same weight which I gather is what most people look at to decide between the Dukes and the F12's.

I definitely don't need the dukes.

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I skied the F12s for two seasons. I'm male at 5'11" and 195 lbs. Not once did I feel they were inadequate. I ski in Montana, with deep powder and good sized cliffs, they held up fine. I also feel that they tour better than Dukes. The plastic on the toe piece seems to show a bit more wear than the Dukes, but other than that, I would recommend the F12s hands down!

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For the record, these bindings are 1 pound (1/2 pound per binding) lighter than the Barons, at least per's listed weights. Not insignificant! I currently ski on an older Baron. Looking forward to seeing more reviews on the F12.

will these fit on Atomic Elysian skies?

will these fit on Atomic Elysian skies?

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Hey 4x4xfar,

The 110mm brakes on these bindings may be a bit on the wide side for the 95mm waist of the Elysian. It would be best to have a local ski tech swap out the brakes for a narrower set.

So I just got a pair of Faction

So I just got a pair of Faction skis (super stoked on these and am thinking about getting a pair of these bindings for an on piste and off piste/side country set up. I have a pair of Nordica speed machine boots (I know quite heavy but I like a stiff boot) as well will this binding work as a good fit for my set up? Factions skis are 142/112/132. Thoughts?

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The brakes on the F12 are a 110mm width so you would have to bend out the brake slightly to accomodate the waist width on the ski, but it would be doable.

I have a pair of 2010 Elan 888's. Can I...

I have a pair of 2010 Elan 888's. Can I mount these bindings on them? I've heard that they require a minimum of 89 mm.

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They are a 88mm waist width which could take an 88mm min brake (little bending out involved), but these Marker Tour F12 EPF Alpine Touring Bindings will not be ideal because at 110mm the brakes are just too wide. I would be looking for a brake no wider than 100mm. The Marker F10 would be a better option with a 90mm brake.

Are these available with wider brakes?...

Are these available with wider brakes? Will backcountry carry them if so? Or sell wider brake separately?

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The Marker Tour F12 EPF Alpine Touring Binding is available in 90mm, 110mm, and 130mm brake widths but Backcountry does not carry them currently and does not offer Marker brakes separate from bindings.

would that binding work with Dynafit Vulcan...

would that binding work with Dynafit Vulcan boots? Thanks!

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I realize this is the answer to a questions you didn't ask, but I would take a look at the Dynafit TLT Radical FT to combine with your Dynafit Vulcan boots if you haven't done so already.

Are the brakes removable as they are on...

Are the brakes removable as they are on the 2013's

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Can the non brake heel plate be purchased to use in it's place, like the one from of last years FT12