The Marker Jester is the bigger brother of the Marker Griffon (one of our favorites) and a solid all-mountain binding for aggressive freeride skiers. This is definitely one of the most recommended bindings on the market, and for good reason. It has a solid mostly metal construction that also incorporates quite a bit of magnesium. This helps to keep the Marker Jester strong, and burly, but with less weight than other metal. Like the Griffon, the Marker Jester has a triple pivot elite toe with a horizontal spring. This keeps the toe low profile, and lighter than traditional toe pieces, while providing plenty of shock absorption, travel, and power transmission. Just behind the toe is a wide anti-friction device that helps to aid release when your boots are full of ice, snow, or dirt. The Heel piece is Markers Inter Pivot Heel. This is one of the market leading heel pieces and provides superior holding power when you want it, while releasing when you need it to. Unlike more traditional bindings the heel piece puts more vertical force on the heel, putting more force in the direction of the boot sole instead of your heel. This helps to increase elasticity and gives a bit more shock absorption. The foot print is short, allowing for better ski flex underneath the binding, and with a wide platform, and low height, you get a lot better power transmission. The DIN range is 6-16, offering plenty of hold for aggressive skiers. Those aggressive skiers that need even more hold should look at the Marker Jester Pro with a DIN range of 8-18 for the most aggressive expert skiers. It’s a bit harder to click in, but in the several days we’ve tested the Jester we never had any issues with hold. It also releases well, and the Triple Pivot Elite Toe allows the boot to release with vertical, horizontal, or diagonal pressure. The binding is low profile, wide, and burly, allowing for good power transmission from binding to boot to ski. The Binding is also relatively flat (as opposed to having a forward tilt), this allows us to feel a bit more balanced, and you don’t feel like you always need to have an aggressive stance. The Marker Jester is definitely one of our favorite freeride bindings, and one worth checking out for aggressive skier that like to ride all over the mountain.