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.
I want a light weight binding for touring in the Alps. I've had my eyes on the Zed and the Marker Alpine, but can't decide which would be best for me. I am a beginner back-country skier (2 years experience off piste, but 20+ years experience on piste), and so far my tours have consisted of 2 to 3 hours of 1000+ meters ascent, but I plan on doing longer multi-day tours in the near future. So I place much value in light weight, but also want to have fun on the way down. I am not an overly aggressive skier (I have no plans of ever hucking off cliffs). Would you recommend the Zed over the Marker Alpine, or can you suggest another binding that would better suite me? Thanks!
Hey Vadim! The hole pattern is identical to the ION, though we are still working on the QK solution. The screws are much shorter than the ION and also have very tiny heads so we haven't found a viable QK fastener that we feel comfortable with. The adjustment plate slides over the heel mounting screws so a clean, flush mounting solution is absolutely crucial and so far, the heads are too big and won't allow for that.
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.