Kingpin 13 AT Ski Binding
Marker found the sweet spot with the Kingpin 13 AT Binding, which cribs plenty of reliable tech from classic two-pin bindings, takes cues traditional alpine blindings, and adds a whole mess of brand new to create a clamp that's lightweight and efficient on the climb as well as powerful and reliable on the down.
The toe uses spring-loaded pins to secure your boot, has a locking ski/walk switch, and sports adjustable boot stops for easy step-in. Six steel springs 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.
Like an alpine binding, the Kingpin's heel features a step-in function, has a beefy anti-friction device, and rocks alpine-style brakes that lock up in walk mode. To further distinguish the Kingpin from traditional tech bindings, it's TUV-certified, meaning that it has real, measurable, and repeatable DIN settings, not just release values. The heel also 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 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 with the flick of a lever, and get excited to rip the biggest, baddest, most remote lines you can find.
- Reliable, powerful touring binding for hard-charging skiers
- DIN-certified for consistent release and retention
- Toe promotes direct connection to ski for smooth power transfer
- Adjustable positioning blocks in toe piece make stepping in easy
- Alpine-style heel ensures powerful connection for better control
- 3-position heel riser makes climbing comfortable and efficient
- One-switch ski-to-walk mode keeps transitions quick and easy
- Item #MRK003U
What do you think about this product?
January 6, 2020
Kingpin is STILL King!
Recently mounted Kingpins to new Black Crows Corvus Freebird, which is a fairly heavy ski for off-piste uphill work. I know the Salomon/Armada/Atomic Shift looms as a potential competitor out there, but the weight, function, and versatility of the Kingpin won out for me, given the skis would be 70/30 in/out-bounds skiing. I mounted the original Kingpins, which haven’t changed since they were introduced, on much lighter skis for bigger off-piste missions, but that’s for a different day. This is a solid combo for a 109mm underfoot in/out-bounds ski with a medium turn radius. Still not certain if I’d leverage these on a quicker turning ski and how much edge I would throw them to the point of a traditional frame binding. At least, I wouldn’t risk my legs (or worse) on them in high consequence scenarios, even though they’ve not pre-released and I don’t ski them with the pins in walk mode. This binding is still king for short OB skis that pull on-piste duties. For longer OB missions, Dynafit reigns supreme. For a pure IB skis, I would still use a traditional alpine binding. Not sure where that leaves the Shift bindings!
April 11, 2019
Super easy and reliable transition while your still locked in. But they say they go up to a 125mm ski. I put them on a 115mm and the breaks are barely streaching over the sides so if your skis are more than 115mm underfoot, look elsewhere.
August 11, 2019
Not entirely accurate: most ski shops have the equipment to bend brakes outward in order to accomadate an extra 5-10mm. With this information everyone should be able to get these brakes to function properly up to 125mm. keep in mind, this process should be done by professionals at the shop.
February 24, 2019
So far, I am really liking the Kingpins. They hold up great in-bounds, resort skiing and haven't had any issues with either pre-release or not releasing when they are supposed to. I especially appreciate how lightweight they are on the notorious side-steps at Alta. Touring mode is easy to switch to and perform as most pin bindings do on the uphill.
December 30, 2018
Great inbounds and outbounds
I bought these bindings to go with some wider skis (105 waist) that I ski inbounds with. They perform pretty much like my downhill bindings and skis when I am inbounds, while still giving decent performance for ascending steep backcountry slopes using the ascenders. One nice feature is that you can get matching crampons, for when those skins just aren't quite keeping you moving forward. My only complaint is that I like to occasionally use my Dynafit bindings in Tele mode for when there is mixed up and down terrain. This is not recommended for the Kingpin for unspecified reasons. Locking and unlocking is a bit more work with these than with the Dynafits, so it is a little frustrating. That said, it is less likely that I will do rolling terrain with this setup anyway, and they are great for what they do.
January 11, 2019
My Marker Kingpin 13's are pretty much responsible for my ruptured Achilles tendon. I was skiing front side on a pair of Sould 7 HD's, with 2017 Kingpin 13's mounted and adjusted by a professional shop. I skied into a patch of windblown powder and experienced the immediate stop that cold blown powder can deliver. My right rear binding ripped off the mounting track. My left rear binding didn't release at all. (but my achilles tendon did) I am 5'8" and weigh 170Lbs and the DINs were all set to 6.5. I am a type 3+ skier but I like to err on the low din side- which did not apparently help at all. Please let me know if you want to see pictures. Trust me when I say Kingpins are not up to the task.