Making a Virtue out of a Necessity
Alpine winter sports as we now know them were still in their infancy when sports journalist and ski instructor Hannes Marker founded MARKER roughly a half-century ago.
His motivation was simple: he was tired of watching his students injure themselves during falls because of the antiquated equipment that was available to them. The passionate amateur inventor set out to design a binding system with a release mechanism.
After an extensive, laborious process the indefatigable tinkerer finally succeeded in developing an automated mechanism for releasing the ski from the leg as soon as the pressure became too much for the bones. Hannes Marker proudly presented his ski binding under the name MARKER Duplex at the sporting goods trade fair in Wiesbaden, Germany. This kicked off an era that has continued on for more than 50 years already – an era shaped by groundbreaking innovations in binding technology.
The improved follow-up model, the Marker Simplex, sold over 5.5 million units through 1967.
Not even Hannes Marker could have ever imagined such an incredible success during the company's humble beginnings in the 1950s. But even after 1967 Marker succeeded again and again at launching spectacular innovations onto the market well ahead of the competition.
The concept of "future-oriented design and innovative engineering" became a pillar of the company's philosophy, one that even today is a key reason why the world's best skiers select MARKER for their bindings.
Milestones of modernity
There's simply not enough space to list all of the innovative bindings in Marker's past. Here's a selection of bindings from just the past decade that demonstrate Marker's technological prowess:
2004 - 2005: Comp 14 Piston® Control Turbo
The racing binding with intelligent oil pressure dampers integrated into the base plate.
2007 - 2008: Royal Family
Duke and Jester revolutionize the freeride and freestyle sector with performance far superior to anything before.
2009 - 2010: Jester Schizo
A binding for all situations – the first freeride binding that could be adjusted on-snow and in synchronicity for park and powder days
2010 - 2011: Tour, Squire.
The introduction of one of the best performance touring bindings on the market. At the same time the underlying concept behind the Royal Family was extended into the youth segment.
The latest era in Duke bindings – the Duke EPF with completely redesigned components and an almost 30% wider base plate and drill pattern. No binding in the freeride sector has ever delivered these levels of power transfer.