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The lighter the better.
It only takes one steep skinner to learn the value of lightweight backcountry ski gear, but you also don't want to sacrifice downhill performance for an easier uphill; you didn't blow all your season pass money for an alpine touring setup just to have dinky downhill rides all year, after all. The G3 Ion 10 Binding is one of the few alpine touring bindings that weighs around a pound and still provides DIN settings suitable for rowdy-but-safe ski sessions in the backcountry.
With lower release values than the Ion 12, this 4-10 version of the Ion is ideal for the lighter, less-aggressive skier who doesn't need the extra retention. The Ion 10 maintains the same freeride design of the 12 with a wide mount that's 33% wider than traditional tech bindings, giving the binding the ability to more effectively transfer power to the edges of wide freeride skis. The heel piece delivers better downhill performance with forward pressure heel elasticity—this gives the heel the ability to absorb energy and maintain consistent forward pressure, resulting in more consistent release values and improved downhill performance. Since touring bindings will spend the majority of their time going up, G3 refined the climbing features on the Ion, so you'll spend less time trying to figure out which way to turn the heel piece, scraping ice from the toe piece, and trying to get your toe into the binding.
In addition to the wider design and increased elasticity in the toe piece, the Ion is also equipped with a step-in guidance feature that puts your boot exactly where it needs to be for a quick and secure clamp. The heel piece can be turned in any direction, so you won't have to worry about turning it the wrong way, while the quickflick heel risers have an intuitive design, allowing them to be quickly grabbed by either a pole or hand. The toe piece has a snow-clearing channel to keep the area beneath the toe springs free of ice and debris to ensure a solid and reliable attachment to the boot. All adjustments on the binding can be made with a #3 posi drive, so you can leave a few extra tools out of your pack.
- Superlight touring bindings for gram-counting backcountry skiers
- QuickFlick heel lifts with bi-directional heel rotation
- BootStop step-in navigational system assists locking boot down
- Pivoting toe piece ensures consistent release values
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- Q & A
Love and Security
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Love the G3 ion's. The moment you step in these you can feel the security over some of the other tech bindings in the industry. Toe piece is elevated to prevent that typical high heel/low toe feeling of tech bindings. I won't be switching to anything else anytime soon.
So far so good!
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Bought these as a gift for my sister. She is loving them. they have been working perfectly for her and she feels like they are going to last forever
Great Tech Binding
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I own both these and the Dynafit ST Radical and would recommend these just because of the ease of entry. With the guides on the toe piece stepping into the binding is incredibly easy, especially in comparison to the radical. I think they both ski the exact same, both feel secure and lightweight. If I were to choose I would go with the ion to forego the frustration of getting into a tech binding in sketchy situations.
Great tour binding
I'm happy with my purchase of the G3 ion 10. I contemplated the Dynafits and even the Ion12 but decided on these because of simplicity of use and reviews. Backcountry tech chat was also super helpful. I really didn't need the extra din settings of the ion 12 and the functionality of both bindings were the same other wise. I'm purchasing powder skis and will order another set of these bindings
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
One use so far and can already tell I am glad I went with these bindings. Lightweight, feels solid and very easy to switch from ski to tour mode. I had the 100mm mounted on Atomic Century skis with a 102 underfoot (the breaks flare and fit perfectly).