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G3 ZED 12 Binding

Brand: G3
Model: Zed 12
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Many casual skiers believe that lightweight ski-touring bindings must sacrifice some performance. While we continue to debunk that myth, G3 may have just ended the discussion altogether with the ZED binding. With the proven ION as the foundation, the designers started trimming the fat to minimize mass without compromising ski or release performance.

The ZED is the first “gapless” binding in its weight class with adjustable vertical and lateral release. No heel-gap means the release stays consistent throughout the ski flex while offering additional energy and rebound to your skis. In other words, the designers wanted it light without sacrificing safety or ski-performance. This will be the sweet spot for folks who want to travel far in the backcountry but aren’t ready to make sacrifices. To that end, G3 incorporated two heel-lifters, 30mm of boot-length adjustment, 10mm of elastic travel, and an optional brake into a clean and compact heel unit with an eye pleasing lime-green accent.

The toe piece resembles the well-loved ION in many ways. A nice, wide hole-pattern transfers power to the edges of even the widest skis and resists pull-out. The jaws are shaped and loaded with spring-strength to clear ice every time they are actuated, and a rubber Boot Stop ensures easy step-in. The G3 ZED is one of the first bindings to get pointed at on our wall.

  • Gapless heel with elastic travel along the ski ensures consistent release.
  • Toe wing geometry optimizes retention and snow clearance under the springs.
  • Boot Stop guides the toe welt of your boot into the binding for fiddle-free entry.
  • #3 Pozidrive heads on all adjustment screws simplifies your repair kit inventory.
  • Quickly adjusts 30mm for different boot sole lengths, enabling a boot-quiver.
  • Combined adjustment screw changes both lateral and vertical release.
  • Optional ION crampons allow for quick deployment during icy ascents.
  • Optional brakes are easily installed and removed.
Specifications
Weight
-> ounces
340g
Weight (pair) 680g
Boot Compatibility Tech
Brakes Optional 85, 100, 115, 130
BSL Adjustment 30mm
Riser Heights 2 + flat
Vertical Release 5-12
Lateral Release 5-12
Crampon Ready ION crampons only
Design
Materials Hot forged aluminum, high strength plastic
Skimo Co Says
Usage Backcountry skiing
Notes Gapless for consistent release
Bottom Line Light with no sacrifices
8/13/2018
Question from jeff
 
Is there going to be a Zed 10?

What do you think about the Zed 12 for lighter/less aggressive skiers?
8/13/2018
Answer from Trace Leches
 
Hey Jeff! No official plans yet, but I'd be surprised if we didn't see a Zed 10 in the near future. I think it's fine for lighter and less aggressive skiers (partly because the ramp angle is flat, that works really well especially for skiers like that) but only as long as they're within the release value range, otherwise the theoretical Zed 10 would be a better choice.
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