In addition to the legendary Kingpin, Marker now also has a real lightweight binding for the touring skiers. The Alpinist 9 is fairly minimalist with a weight of only 245 grams(!) Per binding without brakes (335 gr with brakes) and with climbing aids of 0, 5 and 9 degrees. The "length elasticity" of 4 mm provides extra safety and prevents the binding from not opening when the ski bends too far.
The toe piece has a plastic plate to prevent icing. The 38 mm wide drill pattern is impressive: this gives you perfect control while descending, even on wider skis. The Alpinist 9 is for the regular and not too heavy (up to 90 kg) skier who descends relaxed with a horizontal release setting of the heel piece that ranges from DIN 4 to DIN 9. Different springs are available for the vertical release of the heel piece; the Alpinist 9 is standard equipped with a "medium" spring. There is a “long travel” version available with an exttended length adjustment range of up to 30 mm.
Marker says about the Alpinist 9
The ultra-light pin binding offers active length compensation during ski flex and an impressive power transfer downhill due to a 38 mm drill pattern. The carbon-reinforced toe provides great stiffness and comes with anti-ice pads and integrated elastomers for easy stepping in. The heel features a climbing aid with 0°, 5° and 9° angle and allows super convenient switching between hike and ride mode. Very practical: Alpinist allows a 15 mm (+/- 7,5 mm) heel adjustment to suit various sole/boot lengths!