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The Ion for the minimalist mountaineer.
A lot of folks were liking what the G3 Ion had to offer last season, but wanted to see a lighter, brake-less version for those long tours and big mountaineering objectives when every gram counts, so G3 took heed and developed the Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash for all of you minimalist, gram-counting backcountry skiers out there. Being the lightest offering in the Ion lineup, the Ion LT weighs just one pound per binding but maintains the same downhill prowess as its predecessors.
Don't be fooled by the Ion LT's lightweight design, because this binding still wants to rip descents like a burly freeride binding. The mounting pattern is wide to direct more power to the ski, and the forward pressure heel elasticity works to maintain consistent release values during landings and compressions. You'll find the same smart designs on the Ion LT that reduce the amount of time you spend fiddling with your bindings thanks to easy step-in guides, which help direct the toe inserts on your boots into the toe pins, along with a snow clearing channel, which help to prevent snow and ice from accumulating on the toe piece, causing a false connection that can result in pre-releases. The heel piece can be turned in either direction, meaning you don't have to turn the heel a full 360-degrees just to put it back into ski mode, and the Quicklift heel risers are specifically designed to be easily grabbed with either a ski pole or by hand.
- 5-12 release values
- Wide freeride mount
- Forward pressure heel elasticity
- Step-in guidance
- Quickflick heel lifts
- User friendly heel rotation
- Snow clearing channel
- 2 coiled cable leashes included
- Single tool adjustment (Pozi Drive #3)
- Item #GGG001N
- Q & A
when weight is key
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I got these to put on a set of Black Diamond Helios. they weigh in at only a pound and are a no frills, but extremely functional tech binding. the din setting will keep you safe, and they easy to step in and lock in for the day will keep the headaches away. I realy like how you can rotate them either way in walk mode and they have 3 different angles to cover the steep climbs. if your looking to save weight but keep the function. these are a great option
Light Durable little Bindings.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I recently bought these bindings to upgrade my current touring setup. Was previously on a set of Fritschi Freerides and I feel like I've cut the weight in half. Buying lighter ski's helped too.
Switching from the Fritschi's to these has felt incredible. It's nice to have the heel free and not clamped into anything allowing for full flex of the boot. The toe stop is also very useful as you don't have to take forever trying to line up the holes on the toe of the boot with the binding pins.
Brakeless design saves some weight which is awesome. Only con I have to these bindings is the fact that I can't switch from ski to tour mode without having to take of my ski, which isn't a big deal because most times you'll need to take the ski off anyway to put skins on.
Overall this is a great mid to upper level binding that is very lightweight but not on the super skimo guy side.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My landlord recommended these and I don't have any complaints so far. I have them mounted on a pair of DPS Wailers and they have been great the 2 times i've used them. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a solid and lightweight touring binding.
Bought another pair!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Got another touring ski, and yes, I had to get a pair of these.
Once you try them, you will be converted.
Excellent and reliable retention, easy usability - simple to get into the toe pieces, and intuitive riser function.
The Light Standard
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have always been a fan of the lighter (LT) tech bindings - and they have always performed well, with a few faults - until the ION
The ION LT is a great addition to the Ion Series . Super light, as light as the competitors LT models - but built on the same concept as the normal LT's. The DIN goes to 12 which is a great feature in a light binding.
What really sets this binding apart from the others is its usability. The toe piece is almost too easy to engage (no such thing) - and gives me great piece of mind when i am in a "no drop ski zone" - Just press your toe down and the pins seem to find your tech inserts. No frills, no having to lead with one side, just press straight down- SNAP.
I have also been really impressed with the consistency and feel of the heel piece.
The forward pressure has shown to release reliably - i.e. i buried the ski into deeep heavy powder and POP it released. But i have also railed on chunder and it just feels solid and didnt release. I usually run these at 10-11 DIN, and feel extremely confident on them,
The color doesnt upset me either - in the world of boring colored tech bindings, these things add a little accent color to my skis.
The leash is also a great feature to keep my skis close if i do drop them.,
I'm a convert. Ion-izeeeee