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Marker Kingpin 13 AT Binding

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    The sovereign you always wanted.

    In the gear world, as in the regular world, there's a constant tug-of-war between the time-tested and the newfangled, the tried-and-true and the next big thing. Stay in the past, and you'll get left behind—but innovate too fast, and you'll end up with something that looks better than it works. Marker found the sweet spot with the Kingpin 13 AT Binding, which cribs plenty of reliable tech from classic two-pin bindings, takes cues from the successful Royal Family series, and adds a whole mess of brand new to create a clamp that's almost as light as a classic tech binding, as versatile as a Duke, and as powerful as a traditional alpine binding.

    Let's start with the toe, which is the most recognizable piece of the Kingpin. In classic style, it uses two spring-loaded pins to secure your boot, has a locking ski/walk switch, and sports adjustable boot stops for easy step-in. The differences are in the mounting pattern (a super-wide 38mm for efficient power transfer on wide skis) and the spring configuration, which uses Marker's Six Pack setup to provide greater energy absorption and contact pressure than a four-spring setup, reducing unwanted release in ski mode and giving you a smoother ride. There's also an integrated crampon adapter for stress-free ascents up bulletproof snow or in no-fall zones.

    The toe's cool, but it's in the heel that the Kingpin really shows the world who's boss. Marker's XXL Power Transmitter is damn similar to an alpine heel—the step-in function is the same, it has a beefy anti-friction device, and rocks alpine-style brakes that lock up in walk mode—but with a few key differences. First, it's TUV-certified, making it the first tech binding that can actually claim to have real, measurable, and repeatable DIN settings, not just "release values." Second, it pivots laterally to provide consistent release and retention, with plenty of vertical elasticity as well, so you have a powerful alpine connection instead of that rattly tech-binding feel. To engage the heel walk mode, just flip the underfoot lever to slide the heel back and step down, locking the brakes in a raised position. That'll give you a free, flat heel, and the dual risers can be flipped down with a pole to give you 7 and 13 degrees of climbing comfort. Reverse the process to engage ski mode, and psych yourself to rip the biggest, baddest, remotest lines you can find.

    • First fully DIN-certified tech binding (range from 6-13)
    • Plastic and hot-forged aluminum body with carbon rails
    • Six-Pack power toe springs with traditional ski/walk toe lever
    • XXL Power Transmitter alpine-style heelpiece
    • Adjustable easy step-in with boot stops
    • One-motion underfoot ski/walk switch
    • Two heel risers
    • Automatically locking brakes and integrated crampon adapter
    • Backcountry.com is the exclusive North American online source for the 2015 Kingpin
    • Item #MRK000T

    Tech Specs

    Material
    metal, plastic, carbon
    Release Rating
    6 - 13
    Boot Compatibility
    tech
    Brake Width
    75 - 100 mm, 100 - 125 mm
    Brakes Included
    yes
    Safety Features
    DIN-certified release, AFD heel plate
    Stand Height
    21 mm
    Heel Elevators
    yes, 7-degree, 13-degree
    Claimed Weight
    [without brake] 1 lb 6.9 oz, [with brake] 1 lb 9.75 oz
    Recommended Use
    ski touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    Well designed AT bindings

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Growing up as a racer and being very hard on my ski gear, I wanted a lightweight touring binding that would perform well and not leave me stranded in the backcountry. I mounted these bindings on the DPS Wailer 112 Tour 1. I have no complaints. I found them to be easy to use, lightweight, and I feel confident going downhill with the locking heel piece. I love the fact that I don’t have to release my boot to go from walk to ski mode. If you’re looking for a lightweight, bomber backcountry tour binding, look no further.c

    Broken after 3 tours - Warranty Headache

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Really excited to put these bindings to use this season on a new set up! Had a few really great resort days as well as a tour or two on these powerful and responsive bindings. However, on their second tour, roughly a mile or two hike in with 1/4-1/2mile laps, they broken while ascending toward their third lap. A total of 4 days of use. I noticed after touring to the top that the walk/ski switch lost it's factory rivets, denying me the ability to lock into ski mode - followed by the carbon fiber tough (which attaches to the switch) cleaving in half... As of now, my birds have been in warranty purgatory for two weeks with marker having not responded to the store of purchase's claim inquiry. Theres a 'supposed' two week turn around from Marker, but looks like I am going to have to ship my skis in for them to examine my bindings. The wait time is frustrating - I'd hope that a company charging arm and leg for these babies would be more quick to back their product. New product and a reputable company - hoping things turn around. For now, not pleased with product and customer service.

    The King of Kings

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The kingpin is a binding that will not let you down weather it is some early morning dawn patrol to the dumping powder days! If you are looking for a binding to do both resort and BC then look no further! I now have two pairs of kingpins because they feel so much like an alpine binding. Sometimes I forget I have techs. I never locked in my toes on steeps and never had a problem dropping a few cliffs. Just mind some boots need an adapter for the heel. Send it!

    The King of Kings

    A new player

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

    After years of Dynafit use, I decided to try these out on a setup for days where I'll be skiing inbounds but want to take longer tours out the gate. They haven't disappointed yet and am excited to continue to use them through the season.

    Exceptional!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Why does it seem like everyone is throwing these bindings on their skis? Well, they kind of are! The kingpin has become the new standard and there is a reason why. With great safety features, light weight, and durable construction, the kingpin is quickly becoming the binding of choice for alpine touring. As one friend put it, “The Kingpin is pretty much the new frame binding, except they aren’t heavy as hell.” Essentially, these are great for touring, but strong enough to be used on your resort ski without sacrificing any performance… talk about your one ski quiver. I haven’t had any pre release issues and have been pleasantly surprised with how hard I can push my skis considering these are tech bindings. If you want a lightweight touring binding that performs like a traditional alpine binding, pick up a pair of the Marker Kingpins.

    Amazed

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

    I've been on the Dynafit FT's for the last few years and today was my first day on the Kingpin 13. Freshly mounted on pair of Rossignol Soul 7's. All I can say is wow! It is a night and day difference for in bounds skiing. Feels like a traditional alpine binding through and through. Looking forward to touring on these.

    King without a Crown!

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

    Although there are many options for tech bindings, none of them provide the stability, power, and uphill capabilities necessary for long ascents and steep terrain like the Kingpin does. An unbeatable 13 din release value ensures a quality release and takes away fear of having an unnecessary prerelease on a technical descent. If you are looking to get into some hairy terrain, ski aggressively, or have long ascents in mind these will be the perfect option for you. Feel free to reach out at 801-204-4533 and I will personally outfit you.

    Great Binding for most adventures!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Impressive step in the evolution of AT bindings, provides the added feeling of security for a larger, aggressive backcountry and slackcountry skier.

    At 245lbs I tend to put a lot of pressure through my set up, which has put me off AT bindings and steered me towards heavier framed set ups. The 'Kingpin 13' is an impressive evolution in an AT binding setup that has given me the confidence to ski as though I was locked into a traditional binding.

    Used these bindings on a recent southern hemisphere trip, testing them in backcountry short tours, powder lines, variable conditions, ice and spring crud. Also used as my primary speedriding setup. Held on small drops in heavy snow conditions.

    Released when required; pre-release in variable conditions when over flexed, steers me towards running a higher DIN than this test trip.

    Run as part of a setup: Fischer Big Stix 110; 'Kingpin 13'; Tecnica Cochise 130.

    Overall impressions are exceptionally positive, no toe piece issues to date as reported elsewhere. Recommended in DIN 13 capacity.

    Boom goes the Dynamite!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The Kingpins are incredible!!

    If you are looking for the strongest, hardest charging tech binding on the market then look no further. The Kingpin provides a solid platform for resort skiing, yet is light enough to handle a long tour and a hard charging descent.

    I am skiing these with Scott Cosmos boots and Kastle BMX 195's and have no concern with control or speed with the Kingpins.

    The Dynafit's weigh less? I think you can find better places to lose the 1.5lb difference, whether it be the other gear you are carrying or you just losing 1.5lbs.



    Bottom Line: A bit costly but they are worth every penny.

    Boom goes the Dynamite!!

    Almost Revolutionary

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Add a half star on top of this as I think this binding is a big step for Alpine and Freeride Touring. Marker really did their homework on the design of the Kingpin 10 and 13 as they were able to incorporate an almost alpine heel piece that has three well spaced climbing settings with a tech toe on top of a very wide platform and a weight that is only 100 grams and some change heavier than a Dynafit Radical FT.

    Does it work? Oh. Yes. The extra heft is only noticed within the first tour on it then is quickly forgotten with more use. The wider baseplate and more established heel piece give almost as much downhill support as a Beast 16 or Marker's own Tour F line. There is a switch in the middle that takes the binding from ski to walk and back again and have gone through no freezing of this yet as well as having an easier than perceived transition from skin to ski. The tech toe even has a very predictable spring and I rarely get any false positives.
    I think the biggest draw of this binding is that is can shorten your AT quiver (or quiver overall) as it over course rails for skis 95mm and under and helps 120mm + skis be more predictable. However, it does the most for those daily driver skis between 100mm and 110mm as it makes them WAY more applicable to variable conditions.
    Any downsides? A few. There is that toe-pin-pulling-out issue which I believe is fixed though I'd like a full run of product this year and me on this more to deem otherwise. Also, I've had a few times skinning where the brake disengages and I'm dragging anchor.
    Overall, this is a binding that all alpine touring skiers should look at unless you are mountaineering only.

    5 star but 4th pair this year...

      Pins are backing out (towards the boot) at about 15 days on each pair. Just mounted my 4th pair, because other than this issue this is the binding we have all been waiting for. I have to run them at 13 because they don't have much heel elasticity, but I run the toes unlocked for exposure and cliffs (true 30's), they are a miracle! Total trust even at 100kph. Hopefully these pins stay put, all pairs have been 2016, last 2 came directly from Marker. The pins that don't back out become loose, and move enough to rattle around. The pins that do back out make retention stickier and stickier until you can barely remove your foot. Please fix the pins! (Maybe switch to a threaded interface?) (Maybe ask Dynafit :P) Marker has been great with warrantee. (Using with 28.5 Vulcan with Line Magnum Opus)

      Badass Bindings

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Looking for touring capability of a tech binding with the downhill performance of an alpine binding? You've got to check these out.
      Let's talk touring mode. Because of the pintech style toe, your stride when touring is very natural and easy. To me, that's the biggest benefit of tech vs frame AT bindings...the stride. It's really easy to switch between touring and skiing modes. Just flip the lever (not finicky at all, unlike the other marker touring bindings)and step down firmly with your heel. Voila! It's surprisingly easy and can be done without ever taking your boot out of the binding. One last thing about touring - naysayers will point to the weight of the binding and call it heavy for a tech setup. The weight increase is negligible unless you're comparing to the lightest rando setup. So unless you care more about speed skinning than skiing, or are skinning huge vert, 5 days a week, you'll never notice a couple extra grams.

      These bindings really feel as close to an alpine binding as you can get with a tech setup. I skied out from a yurt trip on these on crusty, sun affected, low elevation snow...with a 40+pound pack on, and these dominated. I felt completely comfortable in those conditions, which is not something I could say with old style heel pin tech setups. I would feel fine skiing these in the resort,too.

      My one complaint is that I did experience some ice/snow buildup underneath the toe lever, which didn't allow the toe springs to stay open by themselves. So to get my boot in and out, I had to press the toe lever to get the springs wide enough to enter/exit (normally you only have to do that when exiting the bindings). I tried to chip out any ice but it didn't seem to work. I brought them into the yurt and it melted out and was fine. Even with this inconvenience, it didn't stop me from using the bindings safely or anything - it was just a little annoyance.

      So unless you ski for the uphill and not the down, there is no reason to go with a tech style heel over these. Get these!

      Badass Bindings

      Breeze to use and ski!

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

      Got these out finally on a tour the past weekend! As a person who is coming from frame bindings these things are AWESOME! The tech two really makes life easier on the uphill. I really like how easy the heel piece is to use on the up too! No fiddling or twisting just pull back the lever and you are set for walking.

      Ride mode is super easy and familiar as it is basically an alpine heal in the back.

      If you are hesitant on getting a full tech set up like I was then I am positive you will like the kingpin! Feels really good being connected in the bag by more than a couple of pins!

      Room for improvement

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I got a whole new touring set up this past summer, including the Marker Kingpin 13s mounted on Salomon QLab BCs and paired with the Technica Cochise 120s.

      It's hard to isolate the weight savings of the Kingpins compared to my Fritschi Freerides, because the skis and boots have changed as well. But it's a lot lighter. So light that from a weight perspective, my touring kit is about the same as my summer mountain kit. I really appreciate that.

      I had the Kingpins mounted in SLC at Sports Den. The tech was cool enough to let me watch him mount them and pick his brain, all the while. His opinion on the design and build of the Kingpins was generally positive. His one reservation was the choice of carbon fiber for the tongue that shifts the heel piece from tour to ski mode. He said to be gentle with it if it's iced up. I haven't iced it up, yet, but if I do I'll update the review. Otherwise, the build seems solid; nothing flimsy that i'd expect to break off. No unnecessary parts or features, either.

      I go the 13s over the 10s because I like to ride as hard as my body will allow, and maybe beyond what my skill can accomplish. Occasionally, I find myself in consequential terrain where a lost ski would be really bad, so I had the DIN set to 10; the tech who did the adjustment made me sign a waiver acknowledging the risks of setting the DIN release on the 13s above 9. Fortunately, I do enough stretching to keep the knees bendy and avoid injury ... knock on wood! In ski mode, the Kingpins have not released. But I haven't really crashed hard, yet.

      In tour mode, the stride action is smooth. The heel ladders take a bit of special technique to get 'em up and down with the pole basket. Fickle little things! I use the ski toe locks while skinning and I've had them prematurely release once or more, which will be in the back of my mind when i'm skinning in terrain that matters.

      My main "likes" are: the weight savings of bindings with frames, the firm grip the binding has on the boot, and the strong DIN settings.

      My main "dislikes" are: the somewhat awkward and fickle position the boot toe needs to be in to couple with the toe pins. Again, when i'm in consequential terrain i'll take extra care to seat the ski in a way that it won't glide away if I blow the step in. I'm also not thrilled about the action required to lift and lower the heel ladders.

      I've toured four times on these in the upper Cottonwoods. When we get more snow and I feel good going to the bigger lines, I'll have a better read on the Kingpins. But so far there's no other touring binding I'd trade them for.

      Pic is of Mt. Superior from Grizzly Gulch the other day.

      END OF SEASON UPDATE:
      I've put about 50 days on these in the Wasatch backcountry. I could never go back to a frame binding. These are just so much lighter. I still don't know what i'd think of the Dynafit heel mechanism, but I really like the heel on the Kingpins. Dynafits are lighter than Kingpins, so I may try some Radicals on another pair of skis to compare.

      I've noticed a few shortcomings with the Kingpins over the season, too. THe toe piece will pack with snow and ice, which must be chipped out to allow the jaws to close all the way. I carry a multi-tool. It could be an "up the creek without a paddle" moment if you get iced up and don't have a way to clear it out.

      The toe piece WILL pre-release in fully locked walk mode, particularly on very steep switchbacks and side slopes. This is totally unacceptable and a major deficiency.

      Likewise, the toe piece does not easily lock into the boot, which makes clicking-in in precarious spots less than confidence inspiring.

      All in all, these are just so much lighter than a frame binding I'd never go back, but I'd like to try the Dynafits to see how they compare, because while the Kingpins are nice, they're definitely flawed.

      Room for improvement

      The King

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

      In case you haven't heard, the Kingpin bindings are *the* hot new innovation in touring bindings. The uphill efficiency of a traditional tech binding has been mated with the power transmission of a traditional alpine heel piece. Get excited.

      The name of the binding, Kingpin, comes from the redesigned toe; a six-pack of springs (as opposed to the traditional four) provides greater ski control and boot retention against "pre-release". No more skiing with locked toes!

      However, the most noticeable improvement, is the unique heel piece. A blend between traditional tech and alpine heel pieces, you're able to fly on both the uphill *and* downhill*. The wide heel piece fits over your heel welt like a traditional alpine binding does. Gone are the days of feeling disconnected from the rear of your skis as you descend with two wobbily pins stuck into the middle of your boot. The power and security of the Kingpin is a feature that no other tech binding on the market can emulate.

      In order to harness all this new power, the Kingpin features a wide screw pattern to allow you to get the most out of your boots, bindings, and sticks.

      Using the binding is fairly simple. To tour, first you'll need to flip the underfoot lever to Walk mode. This will move the heel piece rearward so you can stride unencumbered. Then you'll step into the toe piece like any other tech binding; adjustable boot guides make it easy. Finally, by setting your heel down you will lock the brakes into an up and retracted position; you won't even know they are there (you can also remove the brakes and ski with a leash). Flip the toe lever to Walk and it's time to work your way up the skin track. A flat tour mode along with 2 easily deployed heel risers make skinning easy at any incline.

      When you're ready to make your way down, switching back over is just as easy. Reset the heel risers, open the heel piece (best done with hands instead of a pole), flip the lever to Ski mode (again, hands work best), and drop into the heel like an alpine binding. Flip the toes to Ski and you're in and ready to shred!

      On the techy side of things, this binding is one of the few to be TUV certified to the DIN/ISO 13992 certification. DIN/ISO 13992 is a standard used for alpine touring bindings (not to be confused with DIN/ISO 9462 for Alpine bindings). Basically what this means is that these bindings have been certified to have a *reliable* and *consistent* release. Woohoo! If you usually ski a DIN of 9 on your Griffons, then set these Kingpins to a 9 too.

      These are for everybody who wants to have fun going downhill! Is that a blanket statement? Yes, but I truly believe these bindings have a wide variety of applications. I'll be using them because I want to transition away from my frame bindings, but don't want to lose the ability to have fun on my skis. These will be great for the strong alpine skier who is just getting into touring, a longtime backcountry skier who is upgrading their setup, or anyone looking for an efficient uphill with a solid downhill. The only people I wouldn't recommend this for are rando-racer-esque folks or skiers looking to ski mainly inbounds with a little bit of backcountry skiing mixed it.

      Only issue you really need to be aware of is boot compatibility. Not all boots will work right out of the box and need an adaptor.

      Get stoked on these bindings and start doing your snow dance!

      Contact me with any questions; I'd love to help you with your new AT setup.

      Ben

      A great blend with little compromise

        I have skied these on DPS lotus spoons at 122mm underfoot. Power transmission was like being in a frame binding. Chop, moguls, ice and powder.. Handles it all and I forgot I was in a tech binding.

        At roughly 100g heavier than a dynafit radical 2.0, which is like having a pack of raisins in your pack of extra weight, there is an exceptional increase in performance for minimal weight addition. No slop and no fear of pre release. Easy on and off - an excellent inbounds and backcountry binding.

        Will my Scarpa Mobe boots work with this binding?

        Are the Scarpa Freedom SL boots compatible with the kingpin or do they need the heel piece adapter (http://marker.net/products/accessories/kingpin-din-adapter.html)?

        Will the Scarpa Freedom boot work with this binding if I use the Vibram Mountain Piste Sole heel (the alpine heel) and the Vibram Mountain Plus sole toe (the tech toe)?

        I just had my Kingpin 13 warranty replaced and the new toe piece springs are silver rather than grey. Does this mean I got the toe for the DIN 10? Or are they both grey now? Thanks, Jay

        Would you mount these on a wider ski? I just purchased the 190 Magic J's (127 underfoot). I'm debating between these and an AT binding such as the guardian 16.

        I'm 6'0" 165 lbs. I probably ski 50/50 in bounds/backcountry. Are these bindings solid for 15-20' cliffs?

        Will these bindings work with Scarpa Maestrale 1.0 boots?

        Will the Black Diamond Prime AT boots work for these bindings?

        With the 125mm break would these be able to fit on some liberty genomes that are 141 under foot?

        Hi Guys,

        I read mention of a boot compatibility chart, but I don't see one yet. I'm currently running Dynafit Mercurys and wondering if the heal is workable with the Kingpins? ---Thx!

        Can you switch from walk to ski mode without taking off the ski?

        Would this binding work with a Scarpa TX Pro Boot with the necessary shim to keep the baffle from flexing?

        I had this same question so I contacted both Scarpa and Marker and according to these two companies, the Terminator pro x is not compatible with the kingpin binding. Be careful who you ask because I called some dealers who did tell me the boot was compatible however I trust the manufacturers just a little more. The exact phrase from marker was, "This is a tele boot hence it is not is not in compliance with the ISO Alpine touring boot norm and will not work with any Marker binding. They can work in other tec bindings with an additional flex block under sole on ski but will not work on Kingpins."



        Hope that helps but would love to see an answer from backcountry.

        How do I tell if the King Pin Bindings I just received have the toe piece pin issue? Thank you for your help.

        Sorry in advance for this stupid question; How well would you say these guys would hold up in a park and landing hits? I'm trying to find one binding to rule them all even though I know what the kingpins true intentions are.

        David,



        I rocked these all last season and will still use these this season. I hit some jumps and rails last year and was scared the whole time. I wouldn't recommend using any tech binding in the park. As with all tech bindings, if you give'r they have a tendency to pre release with the toe lever in "ski mode". Even though the added heelpiece gives you some more stability the toe piece still has no DIN setting and likes to release. I remember vividly charging down a groomer last season and when I went to stop the chatter from my ski caused one ski to release sending me in to a long slide down the hill. Moral of the story is if you really need to stay in your bindings you would have to lock the toe out even though it is not recommended. All that being said, they are still a great binding for backcountry use but in my opinion no tech binding I've ever tried has been very safe in a ski resort if you want to jib. If you want one binding to rule them all look into the Duke or Baron. I have spent years on the Dukes and they are the perfect do it all binding whether it is park or backcountry.

        what is the durability level at? I remember always being somewhat hesitant to use my tech bindings (dynafit radicals) in the ski area on a regular basis (when I skied inbounds) due to wear and tear concerns. It sound like the kingpin is much more robust. Thoughts?

        Hi Brett,



        I'd agree that the Kingpins are much more robust than a traditional tech binding. You would be just fine ripping groomers or floating through powder while inbounds on these guys.



        Would I use them as my daily driver binding? No. Would I toss them around the same way I may treat my alpine bindings? No.



        These aren't a replacement for alpine bindings, but they definitely can hold up to some resort use.



        Ben

        Brett,



        Robust. I like that description. Yes, the Kingpin is definitely a new level of performance for a tech binding. I wrote this answer to a similar question earlier. I hope that it helps.



        The advantage of a pintech toe is certainly light weight and uphill efficiency. The Kingpin's big advantage is the power transmission and safety provided by the heel. The Kingpin is intended to be a touring binding but you can definitely ski them in resort and sidecountry. Surely let them rip in resort.

        Whats the deal. Can I ski these on the resort and sidecountry and abuse them?

        The advantage of a pintech toe is certainly light weight and uphill efficiency. The Kingpin's big advantage is the power transmission and safety provided by the heel. The Kingpin is intended to be a touring binding but you can definitely ski them in resort and sidecountry. Within reason.... you can 'abuse' them. I'm not sure I would advise dropping a 30'er onto harpack but if the backcountry is too unstable then surely let them rip in resort.

        Wanting to put these on a pair of Atomic Automatic 109's. Is that too far to stretch the 75-100 brake? Should I wait for the 100-125? If so, any idea when you'll be getting these in?

        Are you sold out of the 100 - 125 mm brake option or does it come with both 75-100 and 100-125?