The King(pin) of the Tech Bindings

A review of the Marker Kingpin, one of the best tech bindings for backcountry skiers

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Price: $649

Sizes: DIN 5-13

Weight: 1460g/pair

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In 2006, Marker changed the game with the Duke. Now, the same can be said about the Kingpin, which will probably make its much heavier cousin obsolete. Offering a unique DIN/ISO certification for a tech binding, the Kingpin is a lightweight touring companion that provides retention, releaseability, ease of touring, and bomber skiability. While the toe maintains the two-point connection made familiar by Dynafit, the heelpiece has an alpine-like wide contact around the boot. This not only provides retention and release, but the reliable “thunk” of stepping in. Going back and forth between walk and ski mode is still not as easy as a Dynafit, and there’s a lot of plastic on that heelpiece, but if you travel with just one setup or spend the majority of your time out of bounds, the Kingpin is a serious competitor to the Beast.