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A big-mountain binding for the pro-level skier.

In the world of hard-charging freeski bindings, the burly Marker Jester Pro Ski Binding is no joke. Marker engineered it to give you maximum power and security for those moments when it matters most, during hyperspeed run-outs or billy-goating over no-fall zones. A beefy DIN range of 8-18 will handle what you throw at it, even if you're big as a linebacker and ski harder than anyone on the mountain. A fixed stainless steel AFD Gliding Plate assures a silky smooth transmission of power and finesse from your boot to ski and is unhindered by buildups of snow, ice, or dirt. 

Marker utilized magnesium parts in the Jester Pro, maintaining all kinds of strength while reducing the unnecessary weight that can bog down your fluid skiing style. The Triple Pivot Elite toe and Inter-Pivot heel provide enough elasticity to keep you locked in while bombing double-blacks or hitting hard landings. A horizontally oriented toe-piece spring provides high levels of energy absorption, preventing the risk of early release, even when your landing is a bit sketchy. 

  • 8-18 DIN range
  • Stainless steel AFD gliding plate
  • Inter Pivot heel
  • Triple Pivot Elite toe
  • Magnesium parts

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A binding you can trust

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Personally, I find that change scares me. The Jester Pro is not the only dependable binding on the market. However over time I've found that this binding has released when it was supposed to and has not prereleased on me once. I've grown to trust it and therefore I won't ride anything else, because change scares me.

When looking for a binding you should first consider what you need out of it. If you prefer cruising groomers and occasionally venturing into blacks you probably don't need something as bomber as the Jester Pro. If your skiing areas with no fall zones where prerelease means possible death the Jester Pro is worth every penny. There is a reason so many pro freeride and freestyle skiers trust this binding. The predominantly metal housing made with magnesium provides excellent support and means the binding will last for ages, but isn't as heavy as those 916 labs that people have been hoarding for years in the name of having a bombproof binding they can trust with their lives. I like the wide frame for better power transmission from boot to ski edge, and the horizontal torsion bar adds strength and a convenient way to kick snow off your boots.

Now, do you really need an 18 din binding? The Jester Pro isn't made with a range up to 18 to actually ski it at 18. I find that you want to be somewhere in the middle of the din range on your binding. This prevents the spring in the binding from losing strength over time. I ride around 12 or 13 din in Jackson where prerelease is a scarier thought than blowing a knee because a ski didn't release. If your riding typically between 11-14 I'd say the Jester Pro is the binding your looking for. If your more around 8-11 the Jester will do just fine and you'll drop a little weight off the binding. If your a beginner and riding 8 or lower consider the Griffon or a comparable 13 din binding.

I recommend the Jester Pro to expert riders looking for a bombproof trustworthy binding, but it can be overkill for many.