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Tour F12 EPF AT Ski Binding
The Marker Tour F12 Alpine Touring binding may have left its resort-loving brothers and sisters in favor of fresh, backcountry lines, but it still bears the crest and bloodline of the Marker Royal Family. For example, its EPF Extended Power Frame is found on the Duke and Baron for crazy-efficient power transmission on fatter skis. And it features the same Backcountry Technology with climbing ability that the Duke and Baron have. The hollow linkage heel sheds weight for a speedy ascent, and the Triple Pivot Light toe has a horizontally oriented spring for reliable retention and lightweight power. This touring binding accommodates alpine and AT boots, so you won't need multiple pairs of skis for backcountry touring and resort skiing. The Tour F12 has a lower DIN range (4-12) than the burlier Duke and Baron, but is also is lighter, making it the obvious choice for folks who plan on spending more time in the backcountry than at the resort.
- Alpine touring binding for the resort or backcountry
- Standard 4-12 DIN range suitable for most skiers
- Extended Power Frame drives power to wider skis
- Hollow heel linkage sheds weight for a lighter feel
- Two heel elevators ensure efficient climbing
- Item #MRK002H
- Release Rating
- Boot Compatibility
- alpine (ISO 5355), AT lugged (ISO 9523)
- Brake Width
- Brakes Included
- Stand Height
- Heel Elevators
- Claimed Weight
- [pair] 4lb 14oz
- Recommended Use
- backcountry skiing, all-mountain skiing, freeride/powder skiing
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 3 years
What do you think about this product?
March 7, 2019
Great hybrid binding
Great binding for someone transitioning from resort to the backcountry but wants a binding that can do both. Easy to transition and doesnt sacrifice downhill performance.
February 11, 2019
Solid piece of gear
- I've used it several times
I bought the Marker F12s to use for work as a ski patroller. So far they have performed pretty well. They can be rather finicky and snow has to be completely clear from the bottom of your boots/ inside the binding for them to quickly click-in. I've toured with them once and in uphill mode they are really nice. I like the multiple heel height options. The biggest issue I've had so far with these bindings is that switching back to ski mode can be a challenge: I had to press the binding against my ski while moving the lever because of the ice build-up. They did switch back, but it's not great to question the ability of your binding while on an exposed ridge. My other frame bindings are Salomon Guardians and while these do not have the loose feel that the Guardians have (a good thing), I prefer the metal hooks used for switching modes in the Guardians which bite through ice/snow. Overall, a solid binding especially for mostly front-country use and good for my job.
January 29, 2019
Do it All Bindings
- I've put it through the wringer
Lightweight and functionally work well ripping in bounds and on all terrain and in the backcountry. Touring mode is easy to switch to, and the heal lock is reliable when I need it, and the variable ascension degrees are awesome. Highly recommend if you don't have pin boots but still want to ski tour.
October 31, 2018
Tried and True
- I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I picked up a pair of these for my brother who is traditionally a resort skier, but looking to venture out into the Vermont backcountry a bit. This is a great set up for someone who plans to shred the resort and do a bit of touring on the side. It also works if you just want the security and feel of an alpine binding and have really strong legs like my bro.
January 31, 2018
- I've used it several times
I bought this to accompany my Soul 7s since I am very much a resort skier but would like to venture to the backcountry. The conversion from downhill to touring is simple and from a performance standpoint, both modes work great.
February 10, 2018
I just started AT this year. Chose the Marker Tour 12 based on fact that it is a full release frontside binding. After 8 tours I realized that I should have bought a pin tech binding. I tried my friends G3 pin tech and felt the difference on the accent. The Marker frame is not the same as pin tech binding. If you have multiple pairs of skis with frontside bindings you should rent a pair of skis with pin tech bindings first and try them out. I wish I had done that. Also I do not like the feel of the frame binding when skiing the resort so I only use the ski with the Marker Tour in the backcountry. Next year I will ski a King Pin or the new Salomon Switch.