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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
    • is the exclusive North American online source for the 2015 Kingpin
    • Item #MRK000T

    Tech Specs

    metal, plastic, carbon
    Release Rating
    6 - 13
    Boot Compatibility
    Brake Width
    75 - 100 mm, 100 - 125 mm
    Brakes Included
    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

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

    Have questions about this product?

    Only limited time....but love this bindi

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

    I only got these bindings toward the end of the season so I only got a few days on them...but I already can tell that this is the best AT binding that I have owned.
    No the lightest I have had, but not too heavy, easy in&out and great for climbing....I recommend.

    Great bindings

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

    I have used these a few times and I am really impressed. They aren't the lightest bindings, but the stability of an alpine heel makes me feel solid on the down.

    There's a reason it's called King

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

    Awesome binding. Lightweight, super easy to use and transition with and offers awesome security when going down. I wanted something light and techy like a Dynafit but with added security and performance of an alpine binding. This thing hits the mark, highly recommend.

    Solid Touring Setup

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Excellent lightweight touring binding that also works well in the resort. Super easy to switch between tour/ski mode and the heel lifters are easy to adjust with a ski pole. This is my first tech binding and so far I am impressed.

    One binding does it all

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This binding performs excellently everywhere I have used it; on and off piste at resorts, as well as the backcountry. I've never experienced pre-release with these bindings like I have with some others, but they release when they need to.

    Not for me

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was skiing them a lot in the backcountry, loving them. Had no problems they were working great and I was putting them through the ringer. I was convinced I loved the bindings. Until both of them prereleased while I was straight lining and hit a patch of hard pack going 50ish. (dins were at 13) It ended my season with a broken collar bone and a dislocated sc joint. I love Marker products and will still use them but come on thats not right.

    Toe pin sheared off in tour mode

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Cheap construction. Skied well until they failed.
    Toe pin sheared off while in tour mode after 4 months of use. Also the heel piece accumulates a ton of snow with anything but the coldest powder (you'll think you forgot that you put your heel lifters are up until you realize that it's just packed snow). As a result of the snow packing, it seems like the heel piece is getting loose. To top it off Marker customer service is NONEXISTENT.
    In the spirit of dissatisfaction - I will also mention that the brakes seem to constantly work their way loose. Be sure to locktite the screws.
    Was willing to deal with issues for the skiing quality, but the toe piece failure coupled with no customer service will have me looking for another option after spending $$$$$ for a binding that only held up for a few months.

    Toe pin sheared off

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Loved the bindings... until my toe pin sheared off while in climb mode. I have 103,000 vertical ft on them, purchased mid January this season.

    Toe pin sheared off

    From touring to downhill

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I threw the Kingpin 13's on my Black Diamond Helio 105's and have been riding the Technica Zero G Guide's with these bindings. The bindings impressed me most when converting to downhill (ski) mode. The stability of the locking heel piece gives me the confidence to ski aggressively downhill. Switching to and from walk mode is incredibly easy to do with your ski pole. Toe piece took a few runs to get used to locking in, but no problems arose after that. The toe of my boot stays locked in nice and tight. Must remember to manually lock your brakes in while hiking uphill. The weight of these is good for touring, no complaints there. Bindings do more than pull their weight at the resort at well! The two heel risers are AWESOME for the steep uphill trek.

    From touring to downhill

    I like

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've skied on Dynafit bindings for the last 7 years. I'm trying these bindings this winter and so far I really like them. I have more control of my skis in downhill mode. They're a little heavier than my old bindings, but its worth it for the added safety and ability to ski harder.

    I like

    Marker Kingpin 13 AT Binding

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I picked up the Black/Gold, 100-125mm.

    Here is a youtube video of the MArker Kingpin User Tips, which I figured would be a good way of describing the different dynamics and intricacies of the binding.

    If you have any further questions or concerns please give me a call at 801-523-4061 or shoot me an email @

    Marker Kingpin 13 AT Binding

    The future is here

      Great binding. One observation is that the ski brakes need to be locked by hand for walk/tour mode. I broke a brake on a steep, icy skintrack because it popped open. No pre-release issues. No more locking tech bindings and stressing the knees.

      The future is here

      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.

      Unanswered Question

      These vs Tecton? Can only have one set up
      This year, expecting 60/40 bc/resort use. Thanks for insights.

      Will my Scarpa Mobe boots work with this binding?

      Hi Dan - Yes, the Scarpa Mobe boot should work with the Marker Kingpin just fine. If you have any other questions or would like me to get an order set up for you, let me know and I'll get you taken care of. - Matthew Pizza - Customer Account Manager

      Are the Scarpa Freedom SL boots compatible with the kingpin or do they need the heel piece adapter (

      Hey David - You do not need the heel piece adapter for the Scarpa Freedom SL Boots, they will work just fine with the Kingpins as long as you have the Vibram Mountain Plus (AT/TLT) sole. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

      - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      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)?

      Not sure about using a combo of the 2 soles but the boots will work in the kingpins with the tech soles installed. Contact me directly if you have any other questions.


      Expert Gearhead

      Office: 1-800-409-4502 ext. 4689

      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

      Best Answer


      That is definitely a KP10 toe that you received for replacement... please contact whomever received the warranty toes from and have them get you the 13's. Thanks in advance for your patience.

      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?

      Hey Christian,

      The Black Diamond Prime AT boots are compatible with the Marker Kingpins and other Tech bindings. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or if you are interested in a new touring set-up.

      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      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!

      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.


      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.



      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.

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