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Ion Binding

The gear, and the playground. Joe Stock, IFMGA, snapped this on his first day of hundreds testing G3's ION binding and Synapse skis in Alaska's endless backcountry.
Joe Stock
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Chad Sayers and his ION's going deep in Jumbo Glacier's terrain, before any chair lifts get built.
Steve Ogle
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Resplendent Descent

30km Deep. Time to Open it up.

We're 30km deep, holed up in a snow cave just 200m from the summit of Mt Resplendent, itching for a ski worthy weather window. I've been on the road chasing storms for six months, it's May, I'm trashed, and all my friends are surfing. Why am I here?

More About Chads Adventure

Chad Sayers reflecting at the end of another huge day in the mountains.
Daniel Ronnback
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  • Faces Behind The Gear

    Field Testers

    G3 engineers, athletes and IFMGA guides put thousands of long, snowy days on the ION. Meet a few of the testers.

  • Lars Andrews

    Lars Andrews

    IFMGA/ACMG guide and owner/operator of Whitecap Alpine north of Whistler, Lars guided 100+ days on the ION in his backyard backcountry.

  • Mike & Andy Traslin

    Mike & Andy Traslin

    Mike & Andy bagged peaks and descents on the ION every month of the year in every condition you can imagine.

  • Marcus Waring

    Marcus Waring

    Former FIS racer turned Pro Patroller, Marcus knows how to test bindings, from laps at home to Baffin Island couloirs.

  • James McSkimming

    James McSkimming

    Pro Patroller and Whistler-born freeride ripper, James McSkimming put the ION through the paces from resort laps to steeps in Tantalus.

  • Keith Reid

    Keith Reid

    IFMGA/ACMG lifer and lead guide for Extremely Canadian Backcountry Adventures, Keith guided on the ION from first snow to last call.

  • Melanie Bernier

    Melanie Bernier

    The only Canadian to ever bag a World Cup Ski Mountaineering podium. Off the course, Mel covers serious ground on the ION.

  • Chad Sayers

    Chad Sayers

    Landing countless magazine covers year after year, Chad's unrivalled technical skiing skills have taken him (and the ION) from Mt Resplendent to Patagonia and everywhere in between.

Tested and True

To the Ends of the Earth

From skating rink snow in a pickup truck to summits and steeps in BC, Washington, the Rockies, Patagonia, the Andes, the Arctic, the Alps, Japan, and beyond - the ION left no snow unskied last winter. That was just the beginning.

James McSkimming and Mike & Andy Traslin pushing up Mt Baker's Coleman Deming route to their Roman Moustache variation descent.
Jason Hummel
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And Back

To the Equator

The ION didn't just go to the ends of the earth. G3's lead binding designer Cam Shute used field testing as a shameless excuse to bag turns at the centre of the earth, on Ecuador's 5704 m Antisana volcano. Pickup POWDER MAGAZINE'S September 2014 issue, and dig into 'Four Miles High – A misty mountain hop at the centre of the earth' by Andrew Findlay & Steve Ogle.

ION's in action on Antisana, 5704 m peak in Ecuador.
Cam Shute, G3 Binding Designer
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G3Ion

Intuitive. Powerful. Lightweight.

All-new from the creative minds at G3. Game changing forward pressure, wide mount and refined toe jaw dynamics plus unique step-in and brake features yield superior freeride performance in the lightest set up you can ask for. The ION's efficiency, power transfer and sleek design is beyond any binding in its category. Power up, then charge the descent.

Strength in Simplicity

Power to Charge

  • G3 Ion

    Features

    Superior Performance.
    Simple & Intuitive.
    Superior Reliability.

  • Wide Toe Jaw Dynamics & Tech Pin Positioning

    Wide Toe Jaw Dynamics & Tech Pin Positioning

    Optimizes energy transfer and shock absorption. Enhances torsional rigidity of binding, and more directly transfers power to edges of ski.

  • Forward Pressure

    Forward Pressure

    A huge win for tech binding performance & safety. Assures constant contact with the ski boot heel to maintain consistent release values in landings and compressions.

  • Wide Freeride Mount

    Wide Freeride Mount

    Transfers power to edges and enhances torsional rigidity of binding. 33% wider than traditional tech bindings.

  • Step-In Guidance

    Step-In Guidance

    Boot Stop pops up and locates your boot toe at the correct place for quick, easy and consistent step-in. Safer transitions in gnarly terrain.

  • QuickFlick Heel Lifts

    QuickFlick Heel Lifts

    Effortless climbing with easy to grab, ski pole accessible heel risers.

  • Bi-Directional Heel Rotation

    Bi-Directional Heel Rotation

    Intuitive transitions and instinctive use. Turn heel in either direction to lock for touring with either hand. There's no wrong way.

  • Snow Clearing Channel

    Snow Clearing Channel

    Hassle free step-in and transitions. Allows easy discharge to prevent snow build up and icing, avoiding unwanted prereleases.

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Complete Your Setup

Carbon Freeride Touring

Synapse Carbon 101

Giving new meaning to all-mountain performance, the Synapse Carbon 101's super versatile width, progressive camber, and ridiculously light weight will steer this agile ski up and down any mountain you set your eyes on. Play in the pow with ease or give mountain goats a run for their money. From sketchy crust to powdery bliss, this ski is ready and willing to face mother nature's full bag of tricks.

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Climbing Skins

Alpinist Climbing Skins

Our premium Alpinist skins have been engineered from tip to tail to be the lightest, fastest gliding, best climbing and most secure climbing skin available. "The Alpinists are the best all-nylon skin I've used in terms of glide."

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ION Accessories

Ion Ski Crampon

Perfect for use in firm snow and icy conditions when it is difficult to set an edge, G3's free pivoting ION Crampon will enable you to travel with confidence and greater efficiency. The ION Crampon is easily installed or removed on-the fly with a single hand.

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How to

Set up Guide


Show your IONs some love and they'll love you back. Dial them in properly, then give'er.

How to

User Tips


Simplicity and intuitive use were paramount design goals for the ION binding. Get some tips on how to use it to your advantage.

Fast Facts

Specifications

  • Release Value Range: 5-12
  • Weight: 585g (per binding, with brake)
  • Brake Sizes: 85, 95, 115, 130
  • Binding Height: Toe: 27mm / Heel: 30mm (AT Boot height off the deck)
  • Adjustment Range: 22mm (62mm for Demo/Rental Version)
  • Ski Mode Boot Ramp Angle: 3° (or ‘neutral’) Matches ski boot manufacturers intended angle.
  • Tour Mode Boot Angles: No Lift: 2.5° / Low Lift: 8.5° / High Lift: 14°
  • Fore/Aft Elasticity: 6mm.
    Superior to other tech bindings that simply have a gap between heel piece and boot. Assures consistent boot-to-binding contact. Consistent release values throughout the fore/aft boot movement.

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The ION Has Landed

Our army of ION's are built, tested, calibrated, and available online or in store. Ready to rip.

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