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Kingpin 10 AT Binding
Originally a breakthrough in the binding market, the Marker King Pin 10 AT binding was the first to combine a touring-specific tech toe with an alpine-style heel. Now a few years into production, Marker has tweaked its design a little while remaining at the forefront of what is a new direction of bindings. As more and more skiers push themselves inside and outside the resort, they continue to turn to the Kingpin as a trusty and versatile tool for getting where they need to go and doing what they want to do.
The most obvious difference in the King Pin when compared to an alpine binding is the toe piece. It uses a tech two which sports two spring-loaded pins to secure your boot, has a locking ski/walk switch, and features adjustable boot stops for easy step-in. The differences are in the 38mm wide mounting pattern 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. This technology reduces unwanted release and gives you a smoother ride as you pop off pillows, rip though trees, or spin off of a backcountry jump. If your ventures start to feel a little more like mountaineering there is also an integrated crampon adapter for stress-free ascents up bulletproof snow or in no-fall zones.
To function like a true alpine binding the King Pin's alpine style heel features Marker's XXL Power Transmitter for exceptional edge control, a traditional anti friction device for reliable release and beefy alpine breaks that lock up while you walk. Additionally 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". To further excel on the downhill, the heel piece pivots laterally to provide consistent release and retention, while offering plenty of vertical elasticity as well, so that you have a powerful alpine connection instead of that rattly tech binding feel.
On the uphill, a simple flip of the underfoot lever slides the heel back and stepping down locks the brakes in a raised position. That gives you a free, flat heel, while 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, and most lines you can find.
- Tech binding for both in-bounds and out-of-bounds performance
- 5-10 Din value is good for intermediate-to-advanced skiers
- Alpine heel adds retention and safety to traditional tech bindings
- Six Pack Power Springs add reliability and control on the downhill
- XXL Power transmitter boosts responsiveness and ability to edge
- Three different climbing heights let you conquer any ascent
- 21mm stand height keeps you close to the ski for a natural feel
- Marker was one of the first to develop releasable bindings
- Item #MRK003T
- Q & A
Marker Kingpin 10
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Never ski these bindings again, after broken fibula at opening day Telluride on an intermediate groomed slope. The heel is just an alpine knockoff and the toe doesn't laterally release. Been skiing for 40+_ years and over 2 million feet heliskiing and never had any leg injuries. And 30 days back country on Daimir's which I wore out and never failed to release or hold on the steep (45 degrees). If Marker is so great (and the Rotomat was a great binding of the 60's,70's), then why doesn't their engineering department figure out a releasable touring binding that is light weight.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Going to be my 2nd year on the Kingpins. Very sturdy feel as I can trust the binding in ski mode charging in the BC. It really does live up to the name. I have it mounted on Backland 109 by Atomic and Lange XT Freetour boots