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
Share your thoughts
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.
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!
will these fit on Atomic Elysian skies?
will these fit on Atomic Elysian skies?
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 3.zero...
So I just got a pair of Faction 3.zero skis (super stoked on these http://www.factionskis.com/en/gear/skis/3zero.php) 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?
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.
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?
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!
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
The brake is removable on this model
Can the non brake heel plate be purchased to use in it's place, like the one from of last years FT12
If I wanted to use these bindings also for...
If I wanted to use these bindings also for approach, would mountaineering boots such as La Sportiva Nepal Evo and Baruntse mount on these? Has anybody tried? I have Silvretta 505 on a pair of Stigma's for approach skis but it would be nice to continue to have that option with a new pair of skis, just in case.
No these bindings won't work with mountaineering boots
any difference between this year and last...
any difference between this year and last year?
Thanks for the question!
Unlike last years model, this years model has an EPF (Extended Power Frame). Essentially, its a wider platform which provides more efficiency at power transmission.
Have the 2012/2013 Jesters mounted - will...
Have the 2012/2013 Jesters mounted - will I be able to use some of the same holes with this binding? Thanks!
I don't think you can use the same holes and even if you can you shouldn't reuse binding holes. The screw doesn't hold as well. I have ripped out bindings because I reused screw holes
do these work with regular downhill boots...
do these work with regular downhill boots too? i am looking to skin up in these binding and keep my same boot
Yes you can use Alpine soles in this binding just be sure to adjust the settings and toe height appropriately.