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Ski the Jester without looking like a fool.

Click into the Marker Jester Ski Binding, and drop onto that steeper-than-snot face without worrying about pre-releasing. As its go-to Royal Family binding, Marker designed the Jester for performance-minded freeskiers. An Inter Pivot Heel offers superior holding power in all types of freeskiing, focusing energy in the direction of the boot sole and delivering a smooth transition of power from boot to ski. 

Marker gave the Jester its Triple Pivot Light Toe which features a horizontally oriented spring and a compact design, maximizing power while cutting down on added weight. Magnesium parts further cut down on weight while maintaining high strength while a stainless steel AFD Gliding Plate allows for safety and precision unhindered by snow, ice, or dirt. The Jester handles your biggest cliff hucks and tabletops, and its wide but short design takes up less of your ski's length, which means your ski flexes naturally as you spin off the lip of the pipe or rip a huge power turn. 

  • 6-16 DIN range
  • Magnesium parts
  • Stainless steel AFD gliding plate
  • Triple Pivot Elite toe
  • Inter Pivot heel

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5 5

dont worry about the plastic

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

have had these on my mantras for a few years now. light yet burly. i know some people are anti-plastic but for the majority of piste skiers these will work great. if you are a true backcountry avalanche dodging skier, you may want something beefier. but for most skiers these will work great. 108mm on the 98mm wide mantras are a good fit

5 5

New Favorite

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to be a die-hard FKS/Pivot guy, but after some struggles with those I thought I'd branch out. I first tried some jesters a couple years ago on pow skis, and by this season I'm fully converted for park and pow. They're super reliable, reasonably light considering their DIN, and have (in my opinion) the most reliable/durable brake system of all the popular alpine bindings out there.

I think these are a no-brainer for pretty much any alpine ski. If you don't need the high din, then you can save some money and go with the griffin. If 16 wont cut it, you can step it up to the beefy jester pro. All three are great. The other high end bindings definitely still have their place, but these are my choice hands down for all around resort use.

Oh... and they made them badass looking this year with in impressively black color scheme. Nice cherry on top.

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Hi Vinny,
What kind of struggles did you have with the FKS/Pivots? I am looking at each of these and am wondering.. What specifically about these do you think set them apart from the FKS/Pivots? Thanks in advance...

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Hey Michael,

The FKS/pivot bindings are certainly tanks with unmatched durability. However, I find them to be a bit more finicky in a couple of ways. The most obvious way that more so just applies to pow skis is that they are much more annoying to get on when surrounded by snow. You need to make sure the heelpiece is lined up perfectly and that your boot and bindings are 100% clear of snow. You can still very successfully use them on pow skis for sure, but to me it was enough of an inconvenience to switch to Jesters for pow skis. I then stuck to pivots for park skiing, until a couple years of skiing pow on jesters gave me faith that their retention and durability are actually good enough to contend with the pivots in the park as well.

The last straw that made me switch for park is the brake system. The most common and annoying way to break your bindings park skiing is falling switch and bending/snapping brakes. The FKS/pivot brakes are pretty durable, but once you do bend them they are impossible to replace without un-mounting the binding, and even then it takes some very advanced maneuvers. The Jester brakes are just as durable and reliable, but in the event they do fail they are also super easy to replace with just one screw and about 60 seconds.

The final thing to consider, and this is more or less just preference, is the rise off of the ski. I always though I could only rock pivots for park because I thought jesters sat way too high off the ski, which I perceived to be awkward for park skiing. I'm glad I got over this in my head and gave them a shot though, because I love them on my park skis now and definitely never once throughout the day notice or think about the rise.

That's a pretty thorough breakdown of my though process here, and why I now rock Jesters on all my skis. The FKS/Pivot remains one of the highest quality bindings out there, but for the hair-splitting details I just discussed I have moved on.

1 5

Bad luck... maybe?

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

A few hours into my FIRST day riding with the 2014 jesters and my brakes bent. All I did was turn and started skiing switch... a fairly common gesture that these bindings should have held up on. I'm extremely disappointed. Not sure how to go about getting them fixed or if I should just do it myself but I wouldn't suggest these to anybody because this shouldn't be a common issue with bindings this expensive. If they can't hold up with simple ground maneuvers I can't imagine how they'd do if you take them to the park...

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Hi Jarp!

I can't say for certain this is what happen for you, but often times if your forward pressure is too lose it will allow your heel piece to lift up a bit under pressure. The result will be lifting up and letting your brakes stick down into the snow, causing big problems when attempting to ski switch. I've had this happen a few times with a few brands of bindings. I'm not sure if this is the problem you're having, but might be worth investigating.

And the good news is while it's a bummer to have to shell out for brakes on such a new binding, they are super easy to swap out. You just have to undo the two screws just behind the heel pad that your boot steps down on. With those removed, you can slide the brake off the base-plate tot he front of the ski and slid a new one on.

Hope this helps... and as always, if you have additional trouble and you bought your bindings from us hit up our customer service for assistance! Cheers.

is the drill pattern on the Marker Jester the same as the Tour F12? Or would I need to redrill? Thanks Grant

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Hey Grant,
The hole pattern is not exactly the same. The Squire/Schizo/Griffon/Jester use one jig and the Tour/Duke/Baron require a different one. You might be able to re-use a few holes depending on mount position and boot size... Also would depend on model year (EPF or previous year). I swapped Griffons for Barons and ended up re-drilling a few holes slightly forward of boot center. Hit me up if you have any more questions! LFeasler@backcountry.com

I have some Griffons on my current skis and have been very pleased with them. I'm about to get new skis and wondering if i should upgrade to Jesters. aside from a little more strength, higher DIN range and looking cool in the lift line is there any advantage for going for the Jesters?
My current DIN is set to 8 so are the Griffons better anyway?

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The Jester really is just a beefed up version of the Griffon. That higher DIN range is beneficial for skiing park, hucking cliffs, etc... basically situations that put more stress on your bindings. Those kinds of skiers would utilize that higher DIN range so their skis don't release as easily.
You are kind of high middle on those Griffons at an 8, so if you're releasing easier than you think you should be, you've still got some room to crank those down before you would need to bump up to a higher DIN range. Based on just this little information, I'd say stick with the Griffon! It's an awesome, solid all-mountain binding that sounds like it's working for you!

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Thanks for the input. I'm also interested in the Look Pivot, are there any pros and cons between the 2 brands or is it just personal preference?

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That just comes down to personal preference. That being said, I personally believe Markers' toe piece, being wider, does a better job transmitting energy into wider skis.