Marker ski gear and clothing has ruled the slopes since 1952. Founder Hannes Marker was concerned about injuries suffered by his students and other inexperienced skiers on the slopes of the Bavarian Alps. He went into the lab and came out with a ski binding that would automatically free itself from the toe-piece once the pressure on the knee reached a critical point. Skier's knees throughout the world rejoiced, because there was now less of their fellow brothers and sisters blowing out on the ski hills of the world. The good folks at Marker Ski Bindings and Skiing Gear are still at it in the lab innovating and raising industry standards in the skiing world for your beloved swooshing pleasure.