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Pros No-compromise resort performanceExcellent downhill energy transition, fully ISO/DIN certifiedSki performance nearly on par with alpine bindingsDIN Certification, familiar brand and design, enhanced downhill performanceLight, simple, advanced features for the weight
Cons Heavy, complicated transitions for touringHeavier than most tech bindings, won't fit all tech compatible boots, recent recall to considerHeavier than most tech bindingsHeavy, collect ice, unnecessarily complicated for mostCrampon mount and brakes not included, heavier than closest competition
Bottom Line A resort alpine ski binding that can be used for some human-powered uphill excursionsMarker is an established company, and their Kingpin has a proven reputation for hard and fast backcountry skiingFor a big and fast riding subset of the backcountry ski population, or those looking for a look similar to their resort gear, this is just what the doctor orderedInnovation built on a long-standing platformFor the weight and cost, you get great functionality and features
Rating Categories S/Lab Shift MNC Marker Kingpin 13 Fritschi Tecton 12 ST Rotation 12 G3 Zed 12
Touring Performance (30%)
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Downhill Performance (25%)  
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Weight (25%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Durability (5%)
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Specs S/Lab Shift MNC Marker Kingpin 13 Fritschi Tecton 12 ST Rotation 12 G3 Zed 12
Weight (pounds for pair) 3.99 lbs 3.25 lbs 3.06 lbs 2.71 lbs 1.97 lbs
Weight of one binding, grams
Release value range 6 to 13 6 to 13 5 to 12 5 to 12 5 to 12
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 44 39 46 46 41
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 14 11.5 9 15 4
Brake options 90, 100, 110, 120 100, 125mm 100, 110, 120 105, 120, 135 mm 85, 100, 115, 130 mm
ISO/DIN Certified? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Ski Crampon compatible? Yes. Shift compatible only. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Only Fritschi brand. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand.
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