Ian McIntoshwrote a review of Marker Kingpin 13 AT Binding on September 30, 2015
I have used almost every style of touring binding over the years and nothing compares to the Kingpin. This binding combines the best features of every other touring binding I have used. The pin/tech toe is the best design for walking up and delivers the ultimate in edge to edge control on the down. All other tech toe bindings on the market have four springs in the toe piece, the Kingpin has six making it stronger and more reliable. A traditional frame touring bindings stays attached to your boot in walk mode, adding weight to each and every step, which on any hike makes a big difference in energy output.
In contrast the Kingpin has a more traditional step in heal. Along with ease of use a step in heal is much superior for edge to edge power transfer. A tech heal binding performs very poorly on the down and allows for tons of play when transferring from one edge to the other. This combined with a super wide screw pattern (toe and heal) gives the Kingpin a far superior edge to edge performance that is unmatched. Gone are the days of feeling disconnected from you ski and you descend on two wobbly pins. I never felt confident charging on a traditional tech binding. The Kingpin gives you all the benefits of a tech binding but the confidence of the feeling when you step into a heal piece that locks down on the heal of your boot. It also has a lagit din that works, which is a sacrifice people seam to make when using other tech bindings.
Using the Kingpin is also superior to any other touring binding I have used, so easy and simple. To step into the toe there is a guide to assist in lining up the pins which makes it fast and easy. Then just step down on the traditional heal piece. To switch to tour mode you simply step out of the binding a flip the leaver that slides the heal piece back. Click back into the toe and step down, this locks the break up and out of the way, ready to go! Once walking you have two riser adjustments that flip down off the heal and are super easy to use with your ski pole. If you are a hardcore who likes to keep your skis on your foot when taking your skins off then you'll love this binding because you can easily switch into ski mode without ever taking the ski off your foot. Simply lift your foot up and flip the leaver sliding the heal forward, step back down and your ready to shred. No other touring binding on the market works this well for both climbing and descending.
The only people I wouldn't recommend this binding to are the rando-racers of the world.
Anyone who actually wants to shred after they climb then this binding is for you.
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