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Pros Solid, reliable ski bindings, excellent toe piece entry and easy heel lifter transitionsLight, simple, advanced features for the weightLight, solid, just the right set of featuresLight, innovative downhill performanceSimple and reliable
Cons No ski brake option, heavier than bindings with the same or more featuresCrampon mount and brakes not included, heavier than closest competitionNot ideal for truly hard-charging downhill skiersunsophisticated heel lifters, untested aftermarket brakeSticky heel piece, no brakes, limited heel lift range
Bottom Line Solid, simple ski bindings that cram some unique attributes into a reasonably priced package; we only wish they were lighter, included brakes, or bothFor the weight and cost, you get great functionality and featuresIf you truly need more performance features than this lightweight binding provides, you fall into a tiny sliver of skiers at the hard-charging end of the spectrumFor any sort of human-powered wild skiing, this is a reliable choiceYou want your backcountry ski bindings to virtually disappear on your feet and skis; these do exactly that, most of the time
Rating Categories G3 Ion LT 12 G3 Zed 12 Atomic Backland Tour Marker Alpinist 12 Dynafit TLT Speed
Touring Performance (30%)  
9
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8
7
7
Downhill Performance (25%)
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Weight (25%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
9
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5
Durability (5%)
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Specs G3 Ion LT 12 G3 Zed 12 Atomic Backland Tour Marker Alpinist 12 Dynafit TLT Speed
Weight (pounds for pair) 2.13 lbs 1.6 lbs 1.26 lbs 1.18 lbs 1.32 lbs
Release value range 5 to 12 5 to 12 "Men", "Women", "Expert" 6 to 12 6 to 12
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 46 41 37 36 35
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 12.5 4 10 3 8.5
Brake options No brakes 85, 100, 115, 130 mm 80, 90, 100, 110, 120 90, 105,115 mm 75, 90, 105 mm
ISO/DIN Certified? No No No No No
Ski Crampon compatible? With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand. With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style.
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