Greatest Gear For 2015: ‘Best In Show’ At Outdoor Retailer

New Take On Tech Bindings — With an alpine-touring pin setup on the toe but a beefy, downhill-like heel, the Kingpin from Marker could be dream bindings for anyone looking to tour in big terrain. They come with a DIN setting scale for safety (certified from Germany’s TÜV testing organization), including a model up to DIN 13.

The Kingpins have brakes and look like alpine bindings from the back. But the lithe toe mates with alpine-touring boots for free-heel motion on the ascent. (starts at $600; fall 2015)

—See part II from the awards here. Editors and reporters Stephen Regenold, Sean McCoy, Jason Magness, Chelsey Magness, Sam Salwei, Jake Ferguson, Raquel Hernandez-Cruz, Tom Grundy, and Mallory Paige contributed to this report.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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