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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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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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@spyderjon, not that I intend to buy any of these, let alone need anything else new, but theoretically....

Would Dynafit ski crampons work with these or would new ones be required?
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Yep, Marker use the Dynafit style crampon fixing on both the Kingpin and Alpinist.
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inspark wrote:
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?


Yup
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spyderjon wrote:
Yep, Marker use the Dynafit style crampon fixing on both the Kingpin and Alpinist.


With the caveat that with shorter BSL's the crampon fouls the ski/walk mode lever on the Kingpin, not sure what the crucial BSL is........
The Marker crampon has a cutout to avoid this.
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KenX wrote:
spyderjon wrote:
Yep, Marker use the Dynafit style crampon fixing on both the Kingpin and Alpinist.


With the caveat that with shorter BSL's the crampon fouls the ski/walk mode lever on the Kingpin, not sure what the crucial BSL is.......

310mm IIRC
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Do they come with leashes included?
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irbis wrote:
Do they come with leashes included?

They come with neither brakes nor leashes.

The 12 din comes with the hard U-Bow's but many users then need a medium U-Bow set.

The 9 din comes with the medium U-Bows but many users then need a soft U-Bow set.
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Skied on these today (Alpinist 9) for the first time, very impressed!
Almost straight swap for the Kingpins I had, only 2 extra holes to drill per ski.
Went for the leash model as I ski mostly backcountry.

Pros:
Much lighter than the Kingpin
Simpler to use than my other tech bindings (Speed Turn)
No need to buy new crampons as the Dynafit/Marker work fine
Awesome value!
Look rad on my Wailer 112's !!!

Cons:
3 risers, but the middle one is pretty much redundant/awkward to use (no deal-breaker)
Harder to step into than either the Kingpin or Speed Turn, again no big deal and hoping the harder toe springs = less likelihood of pre-release.....

Added bonus, the much lower pin height difference has transformed the Wailers for me, win-win Very Happy
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Hello, do you anyone has template / bolt pattern for this Marker Alpinist binding? Would help me lot...
Thanks
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Someone is able to compare the Alpinist vs the ATK raider FR14 (new or old model, I don't think there is much difference in terms of skiability, angles, etc).

I'm very happy with the ATK, normally I run at a 10, maximum 11 DIN, so both models are enough for me.
Without tried the alpinist, ATK are really a blast, and compared to Dynafit (Vertical FT12 or Radical FT12) are miles better, in terms of skiing, security, prereleases, and also easy of use (only downside are the front brakes, but with new model this is solved).

Vertical and radical had a massive ramp angle, after putting a 6mm shims in the toe, were a bit better. With ATK I was skiing last 3 years without any shim, I feel a bit of "angle" compared with alpine bindings or shift, but for the moment I didn't feel the need to mount it (maybe worth a try some 2 or 4mm...but I don't know where to find a shim for that model). This is a good point for the Alpinist, but I don't think it's able to ski as good as the FR14 with the stomp pad (really improves the feeling and transmission).

So, someone was able to try and compare in real conditions out there??
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@MartinVojtek, unless Spyderjon comes back with one, I used this:
https://www.wildsnow.com/backcountry-ski-pdfs/marker-kingpin-2015.pdf
The front binding holes are the same and I used the 2 rearmost holes of the Kingpin for the Alpinist (mine is a short travel, ymmv) and marked 2 new holes for the front of the Alpinist rear binding.
Obviously try this on a piece of wood first to make sure the measurements are correct!
Also remember the Alpinist pin line is 6mm forward of the Kingpin, so adjust your boot centre accordingly........
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