Matthew Niedermillerwrote a review of G3 Zed 12 Binding with Leash on November 16, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have been skiing the G3 Ion 12 for years and have been a big fan. When it came time for a new setup this season I wanted something lighter but had all the same functionality as the ION. Well the new Zed delivered. At over 200 grams lighter it does everything the Ion does and more. I love that you can remove the brake if you want to. This to me was the biggest downside of the Ion. When I was looking at a lot of the lighter weight bindings (350 grams or less) you just lost so much as you go down in weight. Binding that have no elasticity in the heel. Binding with U springs, so you could not adjust the release value. The ability to add a brake. No boot stops. Harder to step in. Not as easy to clear the snow from the toe. All these things I loved about the Ion were lacking in most of the light weight binding. I really think that the Zed is a total game changer in the light weight performance touring category.
We have had a killer November here in Colorado and I have managed to get out on mine 5 days now. I can tell a difference in the weight and I feel like they ski just as good as the Ion. I am using them on a G3 Seeker 100mm waist. I can not wait to get them on some longer for some Hut and Yurt trips planned for the summer.