I enjoy my ACLs in one piece. When on the slopes, ski bindings are the most crucial piece of gear in keeping those bands of connective tissue together. With the Marker Griffon 13 Bindings, I feel secure enough to hit any terrain within my ability level, without ever having to worry about the release. From ripping groomers to deep powder in tight trees, these bindings can handle it all—safely, at that.
With the stiff, yet light, toe piece and Marker’s new Pivot 3 Freeride Heel, I don’t feel any give or wobble as I cruise down the slopes. I feel confident in every turn and have never experienced a mis-release, which can be just as dangerous as a non-release during a crash. The power transfer is immediate, making these the most responsive binding I have ever been on. Branded as an all-mountain, freeride binding, they certainly live up to the bill. Anyone who has skied at Bridger Bowl knows how much variety there is in the terrain. With these bindings, I feel equipped to try it all and go anywhere on the mountain. From ripping groomers to tight trees to deep powder, these things keep me on the mountain injury-free. $270; markerbindings.com.