The G3 ZED 12 ski touring bindings defines the next evolution of high-performance alpine touring ski bindings. Go lighter. Go further. Go hard.
Starting with the proven platform of the ION, we looked at every part, every mechanism, and every screw to evolve the idea of a fully featured binding at the lightest weight possible. With the ZED we set out to define the next generation of lightweight high-performance touring bindings. At only 345 grams, its the lightest fully featured tech binding.
NOTE: The ZED 12 ski bindings are sold with leashes included. Brakes are sold separately.
Weight: 345 G / 12.2 OZ (SINGLE, NO LEASH)
As backcountry skiers, we focus on simplicity and efficiency to go further and do more in the mountains. With that same mindset we loaded the ZED with a full yet simplistic feature set that saves valuable weight and reliably has your back when you’re deep in the mountains.
- Quick Flick Heel Lifts
- Single Tool Simplicity
- Heel Turret Turns Either Direction
- 30mm Length Adjustment
- Toe Jaw Strength Clears Snow
- Anti-snowpacking Features
A binding can be light and simple for the hike up, but none of that matters if you can’t ski it the way you want. The ZED truly stands confident in a league of its own with all the power and performance of a much heavier modern touring binding, but packs it into a super light and simple package.
- Optimal toe elasticity maximumes energy absorption
- 10 mm range of forward pressure for consistent release
- Wide freeride mount for power transfer & pull-out resistance
- Optional add-on brake is easy to install/uninstall
- Compatible with the ION Crampon for icy ascents
Does weight really matter? You’d better believe it. Especially on your feet. It’s one thing to pack a couple extra beers and bacon in your touring pack, but that same weight on your feet would be a whole other story. Every 100 g on your feet costs 1% in VO2 efficiency...
Standard release tests don’t account for many of the real world causes of unwanted binding release. G3 takes binding testing further to ensure consistent step-in and retention that holds up to the very real challenges of snowpacking, boot icing, step-in techniques, high speed chatter and toe jaw pressure.
WHAT DOES LOCKING OUT DO?
Locking the toe is a tour function that eliminates unwanted release while skinning uphill. Many backcountry skiers have adopted the practice of locking out while skiing as a hacked solution for retention inconsistency. Locking the toe while skiing defeats the release mechanism and puts you at risk.
ELASTICITY KEEPS YOU IN
For most tech bindings, energetic skiing in chattery conditions means unwanted pre-release - this is how the bad habit of skiing with locked out toe pieces was born. As the toe jaws on these bindings partially spread, the force required to release the binding drops drastically, causing unwanted release. G3’s unique toe jaw dynamics flip that trend, absorbing roughly 50% more energy than other tech bindings before releasing. Meaning you can use it for what it was designed for—you skiing confidently in ski mode without the fear of prerelease.