If you are an alpine touring veteran then you are familiar with sacrifice when it comes to bindings. You have consistently been choosing between gear that is light weight and gear that offers DIN certified release protection. Now that the KingPin 13 is on the market there is no reason to sacrifice. This binding provides all of the skinning comfort associated with a pintech toe. A pintech toe piece brings the binding pivot point a lot closer to your toes than other framed AT bindings (Duke, Baron, Tour F12.) This allows you to have a much more natural and efficient stride as you glide up hill. If you are skinning efficiently, you slide each ski along the snow as opposed to picking up each foot. The KingPin heel stays connected to the ski with each step and this saves an immense amount of energy of the course of a long tour.
With all of the ground work laid to create a binding that is incredible to hike in, Marker set out to improve the safety of the frameless binding system. All great alpine bindings have good elastic travel in the toe and heel and it was an essential task for Marker to improve this in the KingPin. Marker uses six high quality steel springs in the toe to increase skier retention and impact absorption. Many other pintech toe pieces are constructed with only four springs. By utilizing a more traditional step in heel vs. a two pin style like the Dynafit Radical ST 2.0, the KingPin provides a lot more contact with the heel of the ski boot. All of this allows for more consistent release during a bad fall, better retention while skiing technical terrain, and more efficient climbs uphill. Finally you don’t have to sacrifice any safety or performance and you can be king of the mountain.
Sixpack Power Springs - In many of the PinTech toe pieces that you are used to, the pins are held together with with four springs. The KingPin utilizes six springs to help absorb more energy and help boost retention. The KingPin 13 has even higher spring compression than its younger brother the KingPin 10. By effectively securing the toe, you wont be forced to ski with your toes locked in hike mode to combat unintended release.
Adjustable Easy Step In - The toe piece of the KingPin 13 has adjustable stop blocks to make clicking in a little easier. They are preset for 80% of boots out of the box, and if you do require any adjustment its a breeze once they are mounted. All you have to do is push your boot up to the boot stops and step down.
Wide Screw Pattern - 38mm screw width makes sure you will have excellent power transfer to the ski.
XXL Power Transmitter - The KingPin heel is revolutionary for a frameless binding because it provides a lot more support than a typical two pin system. The heel grips your boot with a wide point of contact to ensure direct energy transmission. If you have ever experienced binding wobble the KingPin may be your answer.
Super easy to operate, the KingPin 13 climbing aids can almost be engaged blindfolded. You start with a zero degree ramp angle and after flipping down the first aluminum riser, you go up to seven degrees. When you flip down the second riser you go up to thirteen degrees.
This binding has a carbon heel connecting rod and hot forged aluminum parts.
Under your foot is the lever that makes all the magic happen. When flip the lever up and back, the heel piece slides back and pins the brake. When you slide the lever forward it pulls the heel in and engages the brake. This system is so easy that you can do it with your toe still engaged.
Integrated crampon adapter, Removable brake for use with touring leash.