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Alpinist 9 Binding
Marker's Alpinist 9 Binding is an ultralight clamp that won't weight you down on your longest, steepest approaches, yet will also provide reliable performance when it's time to strip skins and rip your line. With lower release values than its bigger sibling, the Alpinist 12, this binding is perfect for lighter-weight backcountry aficionados.
Three heel riser heights deliver comfort and efficiency on the steep skintracks and flat slogs alike, and are easy to shift for fast angle changes. The lightweight performance and uphill-oriented nature doesn't dim the Alpinist's dependability on the steeps, though. It sports an adjustable 4-9 release value for a consistent release when you need it, while the carbon-reinforced toe piece maintains the binding's stiffness for a smooth, responsive power transmission. Marker made sure that the heel piece adapts to the flex of your ski, which further improves the release consistency and makes a better connection between the binding and your ski.
This incredibly lightweight package is surprisingly filled with features that will enhance your experience in the backcountry without adding excess weight. The Alpinist has a visual step-in aid to guide your toe to the right spot between the pins, and anti-ice pads prevent ice from building up in the toe and heel piece so you don't have to constantly clear them out before trying to step in. And, just in case you decide to pick up a new pair of boots mid-season, the Alpinist sports 15 millimeters of adjustability to accommodate different boot sole lengths.
- Ultralight touring binding for your longest, fastest approaches
- Three climbing levels for efficiency on varying terrain
- Visual step-in aids make it easy to get into binding
- Anti-ice pads prevent snow and ice buildup in heel and toe
- Lateral release is adjustable for consistent value
- Length changes as ski flexes to improve boot-to-ski connection
- 15mm of adjustment accommodates different boot sole lengths
- Carbon-reinforced toe components for smooth power transfer on descents
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- Q & A
Wanted to Hate Them, But They're Amazing
After finding my dream couloir skis on sale, I felt trapped by the Vwerks mount pattern on my Volkl bmts. I had planned to throw some atk crest bindings on the skis to make a light setup for spring, but the crests wouldn't match the h-pattern. Im skeptical of first gen anything and Marker's reputation is a bit tarnished by the kingpin recalls. In the end I found some Marker Alpinist 9s on sale and bit the bullet. I've skied a variety of steep icy, sloppy, and powdery lines on these, including an inbounds tester day and they're super legit. They've released laterally once when it seemed appropriate for the release value (8) but I've now got them cranked up pretty much all the way for the steep stuff. I hate to say it but I actually really love these bindings. Just hoping they hold up for the long run. Definitely go with the 12s if you're a larger person than me; but for a 150 lb skier, these do the trick without an insane vertical release value.