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Pros Light, innovative downhill performanceSimple and reliableUnique toe piece, lightweightExcellent downhill energy transition, fully ISO/DIN certifiedAll metal construction, updated heel lifters and brake stowage
Cons unsophisticated heel lifters, untested aftermarket brakeSticky heel piece, no brakes, limited heel lift rangeNo brake option, narrow heel elevation rangeHeavier than most tech bindings, won't fit all tech compatible boots, recent recall to considerBrake stowage is still moody, heavy, no ISO/DIN certification
Bottom Line For any sort of human-powered wild skiing, this is a reliable choiceYou want your backcountry ski bindings to virtually disappear on your feet and skis; these do exactly that, most of the timeA unique design and engineering that certainly doesn’t detract from its performanceMarker is an established company, and their Kingpin has a proven reputation for hard and fast backcountry skiingSturdy, heavy bindings with all you would ask for, plus French cachet
Rating Categories Marker Alpinist 12 Dynafit TLT Speed Ski Trab Titan Vario Marker Kingpin 13 Plum Summit 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 Marker Alpinist 12 Dynafit TLT Speed Ski Trab Titan Vario Marker Kingpin 13 Plum Summit 12
Weight (pounds for pair) 1.18 lbs 1.32 lbs 1.23 lbs 3.25 lbs 2.54 lbs
Weight of one binding, grams
Release value range 6 to 12 6 to 12 9 to 11 6 to 13 5.5 to 12
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 36 35 40 39 48
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 3 8.5 9 11.5 15
Brake options 90, 105,115 mm 75, 90, 105 mm No Brakes 100, 125mm 85-100, 100-130
ISO/DIN Certified? No No No Yes No
Ski Crampon compatible? Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. Best with Plum brand. "Standard" Dynafit/B&D style ski crampons can be lightly filed to work.
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