G3 ION 12 Binding

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the G3 ION 12 Binding and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

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:

User Reviews

  • 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.
  • Lightweight.
  • 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.
  • Stylish.

Expert Reviews

  • 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:

User Reviews

  • 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.

Expert Reviews

  • 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.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.