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Marker Alpinists

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Anyone on here have experience of these?

Considering some new touring bindings at the lighter end of the spectrum (without going full skimo) and these seem to have the following positives:

Cheap
Ski well for the category
Flat ramp angle
Light

Downsides seem to be

Brakes are a bit rubbish (assuming I use them)
Switching between heel raise positions not as simple as some

Anyone have anything to add?
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The Alpinists are great, I've sold loads of them and every customers has said how please they are with them. I've not heard of one breakage and that includes the TGR crowd. The Alpinist toe is being used in the new Kingpin MWERKS which is a good sign.
And they torque test pretty accurately as well. And the flexy rubber anti icing doofa really works - an obvious solution that other brands should've sussed years ago.

Yes the brakes are crap but then they are on competitor bindings as well but their job on that category of binding is not to stop a sliding ski but to stabilise it whilst clicking in so if you're in dodgy terrain you should still run a leash as well.

The interchangeable strength vertical release U-Bows are excellent (Dynafit take note!) and will be needed by most as the 12 din binding comes with hard U-Bow (circa 10/11) so for most of my customers I fitted the medium one (circa 8 din) and the 9 din binding version comes with the medium U-Bow but most of customers needed the soft (circa 6 din).

Plus the mounting pattern is, with the addition of two extra holes, the same as the Kingpin so Kingpin users have the option of running a freeride touring binding and a super lightweight distance touring binding on the same ski using QK inserts.

And then there's the price as it's not expensive at list price and with a bit of discount its value for money is unbeaten.
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@spyderjon, thanks Jon

Next question for me is do I really need them Laughing
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If you're planning on putting them on existing skis then let me know the binding model/sole length of the existing pattern(s) and you're current bsl and I'll see if it fits. Can't offer you any Alpinists as I sold out weeks ago and so is Marker and my new stock doesn't arrive until the Autumn. When I looked on line last week a few shops were selling the 12 at sub £200 which is basically cost price + VAT.
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@Arno,
I just got some from slush and Rubble for 200 less 15% so 170.
Jon - gentleman that he is - helped me with a template as well as QK stuff but I haven't mounted them up yet so can't comment on performance in use. They look lovely and are very light tho!
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@jedster, had my eye on that deal...
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Hard to ignore when you think that even speed turn 2.0 will cost more, are heavier and probably a bit less functional / capable
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@jedster, shush - I have a perfectly fine pair of Plums (fnar) and am regretting starting this now Laughing
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I'm sure bargains are my most expensive habit...
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spyderjon wrote:


Plus the mounting pattern is, with the addition of two extra holes, the same as the Kingpin so Kingpin users have the option of running a freeride touring binding and a super lightweight distance touring binding on the same ski using QK inserts.
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Well, that's an interesting idea. I assume the toe-pieces share the same mounting pattern and then you just have to relocate the heel section, and would there be enough adjustment on the plate to only need 2 extra holes with the other 2 matching up with 2 of the Kingpin holes?
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