We’ve read the reviews across the web for the G3 ION 12 Binding and summarize the results below:
PeakScore: 87 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.2 stars
Expert Rating: 4.7 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 53
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Easy to adjust and click into.
- The pressure in the heel piece helps for skiing in firm snow.
- Switching between modes is efficient and easy.
- Very few reports of ejecting from the binding unnecessarily.
- The heel risers are easy to adjust on-the-go.
- The brakes are functional and work well.
- The spring loaded heel allows the heel to set up without any gap.
- The elevated toe springs make it easy to place the tip of the pole into the channel to de-ice the toes.
- The binding allows for precision in turning.
- The rubber BootStop was made simpler, in order to line up the toe pins.
- Comes with 85, 100, 115, and 130mm brakes that are able to suit most touring skis.
- The auto-rotation lock prevents switching from tour to ski mode accidentally.
- The forward pressure increases the elasticity of the binding and improves downhill capabilities.
- Able to turn the heel dial in either direction, to lock for touring with right or left hand.
- The issues in the previous year’s models have been corrected.
- The ION doesn’t break as easily as some other pin bindings.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Some snow/ice buildup on the toe occurs, but is easy to clear.
- Not able to replace the brakes if needed.
- Some reports of pre-release occurring.
- Not very many high-tech features, such as alpine clamping mechanism or lateral release adjustment.
- Have to manually twist the heel-piece to switch from tour to ski mode.
- A few reports of durability issues in the heel areas.
- Some reports of possible durability issues in the brakes.
- Not the lightest option.
- Not the best downhill option.
The G3 ION 12 Binding is a great choice for skiers who will mainly be touring and want adjustability and reliability. The simple, yet functional design, make this binding suitable for all levels of alpine touring skiers.