Virtue Born of Necessity
Alpine winter sports as we know them today were still very much in their infancy some 50 years ago. Sports journalist and ski instructor Hannes Marker, concerned by injuries suffered by his eager students and other inexperienced skiers on the slopes of the Bavarian Alps, resolved to lessen the sport’s inherent risks. And in so doing, he founded the company MARKER. Marker determined that inadequately responsive skiing equipment represented the single biggest cause of injuries. His perfectionist, problem-solving approach and commitment to arduous work paid off.
He successfully developed a technique whereby the skier’s leg would automatically free itself from the toe-piece on a ski board once the pressure on the knee reached a critical point. At the 1952 Sporting Goods Trade Fair in Wiesbaden, it was with enormous pride in his own ingenuity that Hannes Marker presented his new binding – the MARKER DUPLEX. The occasion marked the beginning of a new era in winter sports – an era characterized by radical new developments in binding technologies and the ever-increasing popularity of skiing as both a professional sport and a recreational pastime.
2001 / 2002 – With Piston® Control you’re on the slope of a new age!
MARKER has committed itself to a product that meets the needs of skiers in the 21st Century. The Piston Control Technology sets new standards with its revolutionary innovations. A unique hydraulic piston ensures, even under extreme conditions, a smooth skiing experience with optimal performance. It represents a formidable leap into the future. MARKER – At its best!
2007 – The Royal Family begins to Rule The Mountain.
With the introduction of the Duke, Baron, Jester and Griffon, Marker takes hold of the freeski market. From big mountain to pipe and park, Marker innovation begins its reign.
2010 – Marker on Tour
Marker introduces the Tour F12 and Tour F10 bindings. Developed to accommodate 76mm minimum width skis, with new, lighter weight technology ideal for touring enthusiasts. The new Tour Bindings are sure to push AT skiing performance to a new level.