While we were already impressed with the weight-to-performance ratio brought to market by the ZED 12, G3 has delivered yet again with the addition of the ZED 9. Gearing the binding towards lighter skiers, G3 put simplicity and ease of use to the forefront of the design process, with well-thought-out features like a toe lever requiring less force to actuate and all screws using the same Pozidrive #3 bit. To put it bluntly, the simplicity and ease of use are such that even a caveman could use it. You get the picture? Because remounting skis every year is not the best thing since sliced gluten-free bread, the generous 30mm of BSL adjustment will keep up with a few years of growth. Still featuring the same “gapless” style heel of its burlier bigger brother, the ZED 9 has 10mm of forward pressure which helps keep release values consistent in case your luck happens to run out. Since the ZED 9 is most comfortable and composed on aggressive ski descents, G3 kept the same wide mounting pattern in the toe and heel, helping with power transfer and binding retention. They even managed to shave almost 20g off this model as compared to the ZED 12 due mainly to the composite baseplate under the toe piece. For a streamlined binding that provides lighter skiers with an exceptionally high level of performance, the ZED 9 is hard to surpass.
- Carbon fiber reinforced plastic toe piece balances strength, weight, and value.
- Gapless heel with 10mm of forward pressure adds some rebound to your ski flex.
- Boot stops make for an easy time stepping in when your lenses are fogged.
- Toe Wing geometry helps with toe retention and keeps the snow clear.
- All screws adjusted with #3 Pozidrive head for easy maintenance.
- Heel turret can be turned in either direction to prevent breakage from human error.
- Single screw adjusts vertical and lateral release values ranging from 3-9.
- Optional brakes can be added separately or you can run leashes (not included).
- Quick Flick heel lifts are easy to manipulate with your ski pole.
- Compatible with ION Ski Crampons.
Update 2022/23: The Zed 9 is now a slightly darker shade of black and comes with black screws (instead of silver).
||Accessory 85, 100, 115, 130|
||2 + flat|
||Carbon composite, aluminum|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Gapless heel for release consistency|
|Bottom Line||Bomber binding for lighter skiers|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
- TLT5's (I use these already)
- Atomic Backland UL 78 (maybe 163 cm)
- G3 85mm ski crampons
- G3 leashes
I'm planning on using this for a mountaineering/spring setup with my main goal being to approach light and easy, and have a fun but chill time on the way down. I'm not a great skier, I just like to enjoy the ride down nice and slow. I'm 6'-0" and 185lb so I think I'd be at the upper end of the Zed 9's release value. I'm thinking to set it between 6-8.
For touring, they are light and secure. I’ve left the toe unlocked when touring with total security - no unexpected releases. In soft snow I’ve even skied shallow downhills without needing to lock the heels.
I’m still getting the hang of clicking into the toe pieces. I’m only hitting the sweet spot 50% of the time. I think it’s my inexperience with a tech toe more than a problem with the binding. They snap in authoritatively when I get them lined up properly.
All-in-all, I really like these bindings.
My friends have several variants of legacy tech-style bindings, and these are clearly an evolutionary step above. Things I like in particular:
-The single-screw, easy-to-read DIN setting
-The fact that I can leave the brakes down while fumbling with skis during transitions and they retract automatically on the first step
-The wide boot size adjustment range
-The rad color!
will the little boot-stop thing work with a snub-nose boot like the TLT-7?
The binding boot guide will work well with a boot like the TLT7!
My boots are Maestrale RS and F-1 (BSL 314) .
Lower toe pins on Zed make boot sole sit on orange tab at front of ski crampon.
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