The G3 Ion 12 is a lightweight pin binding perfect for any touring or freeride set up. It's pretty user friendly for a pin binding as it comes with helpful features for an easy step in and quick and easy heel rotation. It comes complete with a brake and there is a binding specific leash and crampon sold separately.
The Ion 12's toe pins have a larger range of movement than traditional pin bindings, this means that when in the open position they sit further apart. The advantage of this is that they squeeze the boot more which leads to fewer unwanted releases as the springs can absorb more energy whilst still releasing in the event of a crash. It also means that you get a satisfying snap when the binding is stepped into correctly so you know you're ready to go. The rear pins can be set with a DIN of 5 - 12 and are designed to give constant contact between the boot and binding resulting in better feedback and consistent release/retention values.
The toe piece has a rubber Boot Stop to guide the boot to the correct location before you can step in. It also has a large snow clearing channel so that any snow that gets under the binding is clear away making the step in process easier and eliminating the need to manually clear snow and ice. The heel piece can be turned in either direction when switching between walk and ski modes. It has 2 heel risers, giving 3 options for heel height, which are easily flipped up or down with a pole or your hand.
For safety there is a strong brake which is powerful enough to fully lift even heavy powder skis when deployed. On the top of the brake an anti-friction device makes the binding compatible with both touring boots and downhill boots regardless of sole type. G3 have also helpfully made all mounts and adjustments changeable with just a number 3 pozi drive which means you don't have to carry a tool box out in the mountains to tighten up or loosen various bits of the binding.
These bindings require pin binding compatible boots. Click here for image of compatible boots.
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