We’ve read the reviews across the web for the G3 Ion 10 & 12 Binding and summarize the results below:
PeakScore: 89 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.4 stars
Expert Rating: 4.6 stars
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Toes are incredibly easy to step into.
- Skis really well due to the forward pressure in the heel piece.
- Risers are easy to flip.
- Bought the Ion 10’s for my wife since I liked the 12’s so much.
- Even though I know it’s not important, they look cool.
- Much easier to step into than Dynafits.
- The toe piece doesn’t ice up.
- A good balance of weight and performance. Not the lightest and not the highest performing, but a good mix.
- Best toe design on the market.
- Easiest binding to step into.
- Heel risers very easy to use.
- De-icing the toe is simple – just open and close it a few times.
- One of the easier transitioning bindings on the market.
- Easiest tech binding to use in terms of icing, adjustment, and climbing risers.
- The binding is well-made.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Incompatible with Dynafit crampons.
- Customer service is extremely slow and unresponsive so hope that nothing goes wrong.
- The brake can deploy during walk mode if it is iced.
- Occasional pre-release.
- The crampon mounts are inferior to Dynafit.
- The brake can have icing issues.
- The heel riser can flip back over unintentionally.
- Very user-friendly.
- Brake can occasionally deploy while skinning.
- If you want to ski in-bounds a lot, go with the Marker Kingpin instead of these.
The G3 Ion 10 & 12 Binding is a mid-weight tech binding that has a robust and reliable feature set. It’s biggest strength is the ease with which the toe piece can be stepped into. The Ion strikes a very nice balance between weight and performance.
User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on outdoorgearlab, blisterreview, wildsnow, mtnweekly.