COMING FALL 2018
Our designers, engineers and athletes are putting miles on the new ZED bindings all season long. We can't wait to share the ZED with the greater ski community in the fall of 2018 in time for next winter.
As backcountry skiers, we focus on simplicity and efficiency to go further and do more in the mountains. With that same mindset we loaded the ZED with a full yet simplistic feature set that saves valuable weight and reliably has your back when you’re deep in the mountains.
A binding can be light and simple for the hike up, but none of that matters if you can’t ski it the way you want. The ZED truly stands confident in a league of its own with all the power and performance of a much heavier modern touring binding, but packs it into a super light and simple package.
Standard release tests don’t account for many of the real world causes of unwanted binding release. G3 takes binding testing further to ensure consistent step-in and retention that holds up to the very real challenges of snowpacking, boot icing, step-in techniques, high speed chatter and toe jaw pressure.
WHAT DOES LOCKING OUT DO?
Locking the toe is a tour function that eliminates unwanted release while skinning uphill. Many backcountry skiers have adopted the practice of locking out while skiing as a hacked solution for retention inconsistency. Locking the toe while skiing defeats the release mechanism and puts you at risk.
ELASTICITY KEEPS YOU IN
For most tech bindings, energetic skiing in chattery conditions means unwanted pre-release - this is how the bad habit of skiing with locked out toe pieces was born. As the toe jaws on these bindings partially spread, the force required to release the binding drops drastically, causing unwanted release. G3’s unique toe jaw dynamics flip that trend, absorbing roughly 50% more energy than other tech bindings before releasing. Meaning you can use it for what it was designed for—you skiing confidently in ski mode without the fear of prerelease.