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Click in and feel the power of confidence while you crush.

With just as much fatty-wielding power as the Jester, the Marker Griffon Ski Binding provides a secure hold and true-charging performance with a DIN suited to smaller skiers. Its Power Width Design matches your ski's width for ultimate power transference but doesn't take up too much real estate lengthwise so your skis can flex naturally and let you crush to your heart's content.
  • With a DIN range of 4-13, this binder was made to ski everything with a vengeance and is best suited for lighter skiers or seasoned intermediates
  • New for 2011-2012, the height-adjustable AFD enhances contact from boot to binding and then to ski for greater customization and control
  • Its 22mm stand height keeps you close to the ski, and the level standing position yields easy switch riding
  • A Triple Pivot Elite toe system and Inter-Pivot step-in heel have the strength and power needed to control big skis in pow, chop, and crud while still releasing when you fail horribly
  • Short design enables a centralized swing weight, which means you can spin easier, faster, and with more balance
  • No-pull-out screws in the heel don't rip out of your ski's core despite the most violent falls and tumbles
  • Your plank must be wider than 76mm: choose a 90mm brake width or a fat 110mm brake width (depending on inventory)

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5 5

Highly Recommend

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is actually the second pair of these bindings I have purchase. Not that the first pair failed, but that they were commandeered by my father when he decided to upgrade his gear.

These have held strong while doing some high angle, off-piste skiing and bumps and jumps through the trees. I haven't needed the full DIN setting (5-9", 165lbs, Advanced skier) , but DIN @10 hasn't released when boots/skis have gone through semi-covered brush.

Im thinking about picking up some Griffons...

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Im thinking about picking up some Griffons for next season. Im 13 and weigh 101 pounds. Im a freeride skier. Basically all I do is look for powder, great lines and good cliffs to huck. Im basically looking for a good sturdy binding that would do well on the not big powder days on the groomers and the big powder days, but I read that you have to be burly to ski these bindings and if you weigh under 180 pounds you shouldn't buy them. Is this true?

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Hey Cameron,
These should be fine for you, the recommended minimum weight is 80 lbs, so you've got a nice 20 pound start on that range. The main thing to consider is that you do not want to have to set your bindings near the top or bottom limit of your DIN settings. This just ensures that your boot and binding have the best possible connection. At your size I doubt you would need to set your DIN at 12 or 13, so this should be a good binding for you. If you are unsure how to set your DIN, have a trusted, local ski shop set that up for you.
Keep shreddin'
You probably won't need or want a binding with a DIN setting higher than 12, they tend to be heavier, more expensive, and would probably be overkill for someone of your size.

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Thanks a lot Lexi! I really appreciated your help. Im gonna mount the 110's on a pair of fat-ypus d-senders for next season. I'll probably start the din at about a 7.5 or 8. I think that would be about right for me.

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That sounds like an awesome setup! Now you have me wishing for powder! We best start doing snow dances pretty soon!
Have fun Cameron!

Which brake width do I choose for a ski...

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Which brake width do I choose for a ski 95mm at the waist?

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Hey BryP,
Ideally you want to be within 5-10mm of the waist of your ski when it comes to brakes. The 110mm brake on this binding is going to be far too wide for you 95mm ski, possibly causing drag. You could bend the 90mm brakes out a bit to the 95mm width of your ski, but the ideal option would be to swap out for the correct size brakes (95 or 100mm wide). Your local shop should easily be able to set that up for you.

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thinking of ripping out my schizo's and...

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thinking of ripping out my schizo's and putting these in, would there be a problem in regards to drill hole patterns? would i have to rebond/fill my ski's holes first?

got some Miss Directed 117 mm ..will these...

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got some Miss Directed 117 mm ..will these bindings work?

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You will have to bend the last 7mm which should work, your other option is to try and find some wider brakes, but otherwise yes these are a good option.

I am getting a pair of Salomon Rocker2...

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I am getting a pair of Salomon Rocker2 115, would the 110mm brake work for this ski? Thanks for anyone who helps

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Most likely it will work, I have some BD Justices in 115 and have Marker Barons with 110mm brake (same exact brake as the Griffon, I have those mounted on another pair of skis). Worst case scenario you can shave some of the plastic off of the inside of the brakes for additional clearancing. My brakes work just fine without any modifications mounted to the Justices.

4 5

solid choice

i have had this binding on two different pairs of skis over 4 years and i they had put up to my abuse very well. Have yet to experience any pre release issues and i think marker bindings are the standard in the freeride world.

3 5

Heel Release Problems...

I bought the Griffons over the Rossi FKS 14 because of weight. The looks had more medal and were beefier so I sided with the lighter plastic Markers. I wish I went with the Rossis/Looks because of their heel attachment. When I really bend my ski my heel slips out no matter what my DIN. I've also been ejected while do some high speed crust busting. The Looks have a better heel hold and no matter how much I can flex the ski you won't slide out. Markers are also a major pain to get in to when you're in powder. After 10 minutes off getting pissed off I have to resort to reaching down and assisting the heel lever to get locked in. I have my DIN set at 13. I haven't had any other problems on a day to day basis with my Markers as long as I'm not hitting any big hits or charging super hard.

5 5

look good and work great!

I got these bindings about 2 months ago, they are the 2nd pair of markers I have Purchased. These are a bit buffer then my last pair of squires. I am very happy with these bindings, they release when i need them too in the park and not when I am jamming through the crud when I need them to hold on for me. I am 6'2" and 180LBS I rock my din at 10 and havent had anything negative to say about these in the past 2 months. I recommend these for anyone who is looking for a solid functioning and attractive binding.

I just bought the Volkl Kikus and need...

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I just bought the Volkl Kikus and need bindings. I am a strong skier. I am a woman 5'4" 120 lbs. I ski out of bounds, bumps, trees and groomers. However, I dont know anything about bindings and need to figure out what I should look at or what to compare? I have been told the Marker Griffons and Jesters are both good bindings. What would you recommend?

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Abbey - the Griffons are good bindings and at your size, unless you are hucking cliffs >40 feet, you don't need the Jesters. My personal favorite binding is the Salomon STH driver series, and we have a bunch of those on closeout right now:
http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-sth-14-driver-ski-binding

I've had less pre-release issues with the Salomon binding than the Marker and I find them super reassuring with their trademark "thunk" as you click in. The third binding to consider would be the Look/Rossignol FKS 14:
http://www.backcountry.com/look-pivot-14-ski-binding

This binding has the greatest elastic travel of any alpine binding on the market right now. Elastic travel is the amount of distance a binding can move before the boot clears (i.e., ?releases from?) a binding. Like I said, I've had no issues with the Salomon binding, but the Look (or Rossignol - both brands sell that binding under their name) is probably even better.

You've got three really good options there and whichever one you go with will probably serve you for longer than your new skis last.

Need a binding for a pair of K2 Miss...

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Need a binding for a pair of K2 Miss Behaved, 102mm underfoot, is 110mm too wide?

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could get either the 90 mm and bend them, or the 110 and have a little lay over. Either way is gamble, but backcountry has a great return policy. I might try the 90.

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No, the 110 isn't too wide. I ski 103 underfoot and the 110s fit perfect. You'd have to bend the metal on the 90s and then shave the black plastic grips to get them to fit right.

3 5

Loved em till they snapped

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased a pair of these back in Oct '12. Had them mounted on Volkl Bridges. Worked great for the season (6 ski days) until yesterday. Binding completely snapped from ski. I'll chalk it up as a fluke for now.

Due to BC's pretty awesome customer service they have another pair shipping out to me tomorrow and had a no questions asked return for the pair that blew out.

I was going to upgrade to Jester's, but after speaking with gear guru he said that there was not much difference in material composition between the two. DIN wise I'm fine with these guys, 5'9" ~150 lb, aggressive but not hucking cliffs or anything of that sort. He suggested the Rossi 180s, and while I liked the idea of an all metal binding, considering I paid $300 for the skis I wasn't about to drop $400 on the bindings.

They were 5/5 bindings. I never had the opportunity for them to release, but they were cake to get in and out of, looked freaking sweet, and were light as hell. They worked well with the skis, transferring power and response from the boot to the ski w/o issue. Besides the fact that one snapped at both the toe and heel piece, they were great. I'm giving them another go.

For now, 3/5 (would do 3.5/5 but wont round up cause 4 isn't justice either) since they snapped. If they blow out again, I'll look to upgrade to the rossis, but hoping that this was a one time deal.

Loved em till they snapped
5 5

The way a binding should be

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's kinda funny how we are amazed when something actually works as it should. The Griffons are solid,well built bindings. Even though some parts look a little too "plasticky", they hold up nicely, they are rigid when abused, and yet forgiving when overly abused. I've gone through quite a few brands and models and somehow Marker always come out with something that makes you trust them, and the Griffons have the one adverb you'd want for your bindings- trustworthy.

The way a binding should be
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What size brake did you get for your JJ's? I recently bought a pair of 185 Armada JJs and Marker Griffons with the 110mm brake. In this picture is looks like the brake width is flush with the width of the ski, did you have to do some bending? Will a 110mm Griffon brake fit on a 115mm Armada JJ

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Yeah,you can easily bend them,as 2.5mm on each side will not be a big deal. Get a pipe or anything tubular for the brake to fit inside and bend them slightly.

4 5

Great bindings

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these bindings on my DPS 99 Pures, which I ski all over when a foot or less of powder. Overall, these work very well with my boards, and have been very reliable thus far when it comes to skiing crud, groomers, bumps, etc. I'd highly recommend these for all mountain, and powder boards if you are looking for a standard binding (minus any features - e.g. touring, adjusting position).

Hey, im thinking about getting the line...

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Hey, im thinking about getting the line anthem 2011 wich have 93 underfoot... My local shop only sell the griffon 110, would it be too big and if yes, should I buy them and just get a spare kit of 90 brakes, replace the 110 on the griffon with them and just bend them a bit?

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It will not be a big deal at all. Even if you were to lean in a lot, they won't touch. I had 130mm on 115 skis and they were still fine. I just bent them in a little,If not, most of the shops will have smaller brakes and switch them for free for you. Some would charge you if you needed wider ones.

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thanks alot :P heres a picture... the shop I bought the markers at actually changed the brakes for some 90's :D theyre tight but it works just fine

thanks alot :P heres a picture... the shop I bought the markers at actually changed the brakes for some 90's :D theyre tight but it works just fine

How would these handle on a pair of Icelantic...

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How would these handle on a pair of Icelantic Shamans ? (160, 110, 130)

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The Griffons are pretty much the best non-touring bindings on the market. They have been for the past few years...Does that answer your question? ;)

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Great! Thank you it does :)

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I have a set on some shamans...so sweet...

5 5

Excelent

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had these bindings for about 2 months now and so far I love them. They feel solid underfoot when skiing and look good as well. I just took a nice tumble off of a cliff and the bindings released smoothly. So far they seem pretty durable.

4 5

Solid bindings

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Twinned them with a pair of Blizzard Bonafides, which seems to be the consensus combination. Really like them so far - very solid set up. Best bindings I've had.

5 5

solid bindings

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bindings make a sweet set up. Durable and lightweight, great in all conditions and can take a beating. I like these so much this is my second pair.

5 5

Best Binding

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put these bindings on two pairs of my skis now and I love them. I have them on my Armada ARWs and they are a great solid binding. Pretty light weight which is nice and very durable. I know these will last for a while.

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