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2016 Ion Binding

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

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

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

For The Minimalist


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

For Ski Touring Enthusiasts


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
  • G3 ION 12


    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


  • 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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