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Awards Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award    
Price $550 List$450 List$499.00 at REI$300.26 at Backcountry$500 List
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Pros Light, solid, just the right set of featuresLight, innovative downhill performanceLight, simple, advanced features for the weight.Solid, reliable ski bindings, excellent toe piece entry and easy heel lifter transitionsUnique toe piece, lightweight
Cons Not ideal for truly hard-charging downhill skiersunsophisticated heel lifters, untested aftermarket brakeCrampon mount and brakes not included, heavier than closest competitionNo ski brake option, heavier than bindings with the same or more featuresNo brake option, narrow heel elevation range
Bottom Line If 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 spectrum.For any sort of human-powered wild skiing, this is a reliable choice.For the weight and cost, you get great functionality and features.Solid, simple ski bindings that cram some unique attributes into a reasonably priced package; we only wish they were lighter, included brakes, or both.A unique design and engineering that certainly doesn’t detract from its performance.
Rating Categories Atomic Backland Tour Marker Alpinist 12 G3 Zed 12 G3 Ion LT 12 Ski Trab Titan Vario
Touring Performance (30%)
8
7
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9
7
Downhill Performance (25%)
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Weight (25%)
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8
Ease Of Use (15%)
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5
Durability (5%)
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Specs Atomic Backland Tour Marker Alpinist 12 G3 Zed 12 G3 Ion LT 12 Ski Trab Titan Vario
Weight (pounds for pair) 1.26 lbs 1.18 lbs 1.6 lbs 2.13 lbs 1.23 lbs
Release value range "Men", "Women", "Expert" 6 to 12 5 to 12 5 to 12 9 to 11
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 37 36 41 46 40
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 10 3 4 12.5 9
Brake options 80, 90, 100, 110, 120 90, 105,115 mm 85, 100, 115, 130 mm No brakes No Brakes
ISO/DIN Certified? No No No No No
Ski Crampon compatible? Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand. With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/B&D style.
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