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    G3 - Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash - Detail
    G3 - Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash - Detail
  • G3 - Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash - One Color
  • G3 - Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash - Detail
  • G3 - Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash - Detail
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G3 Ion LT 12 Alpine Touring Binding With Leash

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    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty:
    1 year limited
    Recommended Use:
    ski mountaineering, backcountry touring
    Claimed Weight:
    [single, no leash] 1 lb
    Brakes Included:
    n/a
    Release Rating:
    5 - 12

    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)
    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    Great Binding

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This has been my first tech binding, and it is really lightweight which makes my new set up way more lightweight than my old gear. I haven't been using it for too long, but so far I love it and I have no complaints.

    Lightweight Workhorse

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These bindings are a great option when you are looking for high DIN brakeless tech bindings. The tech going into both the toe and heel of the binding alleviate some of the concerns you may find using some other tech bindings. The lockout on the heel piece allows the the skier to not worry about a rotating heel piece on the way up. The forward pressure and lateral release also inspire confidence that you can release out of the binding even if you forget to switch into ski mode. The toe piece guide allows you to step into the binding relatively easy. The only nuance I have found is when transitioning into ski mode at the top without taking your skis off it can be a bit tricky to get the heel unlocked and into ski mode. Other than that these are a confidence inspiring lightweight binding that rivals most of the other options on the market.

    Lightweight Workhorse

    You wrote,
    "you can release out of the binding even if you forget to switch into ski mode." Don't bet on it...

    Light & Well Built

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've only used these a couple times but I'm very happy with the simple straight forward design. They work well with my Salomon QST boots and are easy to snap in and out of. This is my first pair of pin style bindings and have had a very good experience with them.

    Great Binding but the worst service

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I would recommend the binding but G3 is by far the worst company I have ever worked with. They do not communicate with the consumer at all and take for ever to fulfill request. I have sent bindings in for recall before during the Holidays and had them back in 2 weeks or less. G3 got my bindings at the beginning of October and told me on Nov. 23 they would ship and I haven't received my recalled bindings yet. I have contacted them two weeks ago and still haven't heard from anyone. If you dont care about customer service buy G3 but good luck when they break.

    Modern and light

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    While these look similar to many of the lightweight brakeless options that have been on the market for years, the tech is a little more modern here: forward heel pressure, higher release values, and a wider mounting pattern that's less likely to rip out of fat skis.

    I've only used these a handful of times since we don't have much of any snow in Utah right now. My first experience with G3's tech bindings and I'm impressed so far. Only minor gripe so far is that the toe seems to be harder to get into than most of the tech bindings I've owned - I seem to have a lot more misfires trying to click in.

    Lots of bang for the buck and for the weight. Solid option!

    mtsweetpow,

    Did you mean to say that your heel piece rotates into ski mode while climbing? Or it rotates into walk mode from ski mode? I have a 2015 pair of these bindings and they have rotated from climb mode to ski mode, but only on steeps when the highest heel raise is being used. Not a good thing.... Anyone else experience this?

    Thanks!

    Raymond

    Pretty Sweet!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    022619 Update

    Have maybe 40 days total.

    Increased stars from 3 to 4 because I was able to avoid heel release on jump turns by eliminating any gap between heel and heel piece. I had a small (~2mm) gap because I thought that I would over flex the ski and exceed the dynamic heel travel skiing pillows and small drops. Since I eliminated the gap I have not released at the toe due to over flexing.



    Previous:
    They stay on fairly well and haven't broken yet. They seem to avoid icing up and the heal risers work well. Awesome design overall with a couple annoying details. The toe pins are a bit too high for my dynafit beast boots (pretty new) so they don't engage the tech fittings with out fanagling - could be the boot sole is out of spec or spec'd too thin. Some easy mod to the boots or bindings will likely fix that. The heal pieces rotate into ski mode pretty frequently - 4 times in about 3000 ft of climbing last Sunday.
    Only have maybe 25 days on them so maybe around 125000 vert. so I would hope that the heel piece rotation isn't due to wear but it seems like the frequency has increased since first using them.

    Any one else have these problems? Maybe they were fixed in more recent models?

    Update: I switched boots to Maestrale and the toe pins are easy to click into.

    I’ll try to remember to update regarding rotation into ski mode later this season.

    These have released at the heal a number of times while simply making quick turns at medium low speed in steep (40degreeish)powder. I suspect there could have been ice or dirt in the pin slots but can’t say for sure. Each time was a similar circumstance and resulted in a critical one roll to stop. I won’t be taking these in no fall terrain until I understand the behavior of the heal release thoroughly.

    mtsweetpow, Raymond T
    I have had the same problem, heel piece rotates from tour mode. On a steep side hill, while skinning up, heel piece will often rotate into ski mode, and suddenly your heel is locked down. At that point you have to release toe , twist heel back into tour mode (not easy on an icy sidehill) then hope it stays in tour mode for a while.
    Otherwise a great binding, I can even ski the resort with them, no pre-release. I ski them with the new Maestrale RS. Great combo.

    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.

    User Tips

    Very Light

    • 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

    The Light Standard