Chuck d'Hemecourt wrote a review of G3 Backcountry.com 320 Speed TECH on January 8, 2013
Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
super quick to set up.
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backcountry skier, mountain biker, climber, surfer, ultramarathoner, hunter
super quick to set up.
I have used this on 5 long day tours now which included several trips up the hill in the Northeast on knee deep pow and bulletprof ice and thus far, it's great! I love how it connects to the ski both tip and tail; seems super durable. My only minor concern is that the glue might wear out BBUUTT nothing really suggests this. I ONLY say this as I do not need secure the skin to a fixed object while using my entire body weight to unfold it, like some of the BD Skins. with that said, I have seen the ski edge cut through the tip anchor on a BD skin. As of right now, my vote for skin is G3 and would highly recommend this product!!!
Had the G3 Onyx which provided me with wwaayy to many sketchy moments of randomly switching into touring mode while on a 55 degree slope about to huck. These Dynafits restored my confidence!!! I now can drop into big steep lines with 0 hesitation. Great touring, and can even handle its own in the resort. The FT 12 is the only binding for an agressive backcountry skier
This is the first time I have ever written a bad review. This is because I broke the heel lifts off on my 3rd ride. Additionally, spite anally checking the ski mode and cranking up DIN settings I still ejected while skiing. The ejections are RANDOM! What happens spite making sure you are in ski mode, the binding will magically switch into tour mode. Its a cool trick which impresses all bystanders with an amusing crash but its not so fun for the skier.
MESSAGE TO G3: toe pie is great, locks in, has a solid hold, and climbs well. The heel piece is terrible! its long, switches into touring mode from ski mode without you making the switch, and the heel lifters are WWAAYY to flimsy/kind of make it look super ghetto. Please redesign the heel piece, you guys are great and the binding has great potential but it SUCKS! Make the heel shorter or change how where the touring lever is, and redesign the heel lifts. They seem like they were an after thought
I live in the New England and LLOOVVEE these skis! They handle very well in all conditions and can turn on a dime!
OK well I am Tweaking my old review which is below. I am not a fan. I really tried to like these bindings but have to say go with something else. The risers broke off somehow some where on my 3rd! day using them. Additionally, I still be released spite making the changes below. It is very hard to be confident in these bindings. The heel just releases. The toe piece is great the heel is terrible. its long, looks a hair ghetto, and releases early. To clarify what releases, it switches into touring mode while skiing spite anally checking it several times before using.
DO NOT GET THIS BINDING!!!
I am a very aggressive skier and had some similar issues with flying out of the binding BUT I think its mostly user error. Check the following
1. Fully lock in you heel when switching to ski mode. It's very easy to not fully lock your heel in.
2. Play with your DIN settings! You can really dial them in.