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2016 Ion Binding

ION's out in the wild in AK.
Joe Stock / Stock Alpine
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NEW ION Bindings Series

And Then There Was Three

The overwhelming success of G3's ION binding spawned a whole series of touring bindings to even further tailor the experience to skiers' individual needs.

Pick your weapon
Grant Baldwin
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Welcome to the Family

New G3 IONs

The Rookie of the Year Returns

ION 12

The original ION returns to the line for 2016, renamed the ION 12 with a subtle facelift to already the sexiest binding out there. Still the most intuitive and powerful lightweight touring binding – ready for another amazing winter.

James McSkimming trusting the ION 12, full throttle, mid descent of Mt Baker, WA.
Jason Hummel / Nate Smith
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For The Minimalist

NEW ION LT 12

We've further refined the ION into a lighter and sleeker ION LT 12 brakeless touring binding. It's the lightest, highest performance RV 12 touring binding there is. Ski mountaineers and gram counters rejoice.

  • Simple Boot Stop – Minimal weight, effective step in guidance.
  • Lightweight Heel Rest – In place of brakes.
  • Leash Included – Stows neatly under the binding toe piece while carrying your skis, travelling, or in unleashed terrain.
  • 5-12 RV
  • 456 g / 1 lb (single, no leash)

IFMGA/ACMG guide/examiner Lars Andrews logs 150+ full days of backcountry guiding at his Whitecap operation. Lean 'n mean is how his binding should be.
Jason Hummel
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For Ski Touring Enthusiasts

NEW ION 10

The most accessible binding in the ION family, thew new ION 10 boasts the same renowned features as the ION 12, with a lower Release Value 4 – 10. Now you can pick the ION that best suits your ski style.

  • 4 – 10 RV
  • 585 g / 1 lb 4.6 oz (single)
  • Brake Options: 85/100/115/130 mm

Mel Bernier enjoying pow when she's not chasing World Cup Ski Mountaineering medals. Ligher rider, lower release value.
Ryan Creary
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  • G3 ION 12

    Features

    Some of the features that set the ION bindings ahead of the pack.

  • 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.

Fast Facts

Specifications

  • Release Value Range:
    ION 12 & LT 12 = 5 – 12
    ION 10 = 4 – 10
  • Weight:
    ION 12 & ION 10 = 585 g (single, with brake)
    ION LT = 456 g (single, without leash)
  • Brake Sizes:
    ION 12 & ION 10 = 85, 100, 115, 130
    ION LT 12 = N/A
  • 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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