2021 Editors’ Choice Award: Ski Bindings

Last March, our testers tried the best skis, boards, boots, bindings and apparel that we could get our hands on at our 13th annual Gear Test Week. After months of working remotely from our basements, guest bedrooms and kitchen counters, our editors are ready to reveal the top picks to help you get remote on the skintrack with 34 Editors’ Choice awards. Below, you’ll find the two standout bindings that won an Editors’ Choice Award.

Hagan Core Pro 12

$649 – haganskimountaineering.com | RELEASE VALUE: 5-13 | BRAKES (included): 75-120 | CRAMPONS: 70-120 ($69-79) | WEIGHT: 1.5 lbs.

“These bindings have all sorts of interesting, nuanced features. The toepiece has magnetic-like grab—even easier to step into than the various Fritschi bindings. Plenty sturdy and well refined. The brake lock isn’t super intuitive at first, but easy to get the hang of—pressing in for a simple pop back down.” —Wylie Picotte, Underhill, Vermont

Marker Duke PT 16

$825 – marker.net | DIN: 6-16 | BRAKES: 100, 125 | CRAMPONS: 105, 125 ($59) | WEIGHT: lbs. 4.6 (uphill)

“I want this binding on all of my skis. This is essentially an alpine binding with an uphill capability; you would not be worried about your ski randomly popping off, but you might be worried about losing the toepiece. I would choose this binding over the Kingpin any day—it feels so much stronger.” —Austin Johnson, Carbondale, Colorado

Subscribe now to get the 2021 Backcountry Gear Guide!


Get your copy of the 2021 Gear Guide with in-depth reviews of all 34 Editors’ Choice winners, plus more than 120 must-have skis, splitboards, boots, bindings and apparel.


  1. Jim Fazioli says:

    Paid for a two year subscription and have not received anything for this season yet.

Speak Your Mind