(This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.)
The gear nerd in me loved spending an entire day at G3 getting deep into tech binding tech. Afterwards I was itching to get outside and actually try the new ZED binding for myself. I also was keen the opportunity for a classic Coast Range ski descent (G3 dangled some amazing ideas for our “test day.” I did get to try out the binding, and even got to experience a real Coast Range classic — rain.
The day would have been perfect to test out rainwear apparel (as I was in Canada, I showed up in the Arc’teryx shell, it worked and pleased the G3 guys). At the very least, I can confirm that the ZED is fully waterproof.
Although it was raining, I was excited to check out a new touring area: the mountains accessible from the Sea to Sky Gondola installed at Squamish a few years ago. Plus, I could try out the ZED. The binding looks sexy and is enticing on paper. But it’s always nice to give gear an on-snow (or in-slush, in this case) test.
We skinned steadfastly into the rain for a few hours, but eventually turned back when the call of cold beers at the Howe Sound Brewery became impossible to resist. The binding test was indeed brief, even for a one-day demo. But I did a number of mode switches as well as fooling around with the brakes — all enhanced by slushy snow. WildSnow plans additional field assessment of the ZED, as soon as we receive our long-term evaluation pair.
The binding I was on was a pre-production version I’d call “99% finished.” During our day here’s what I noticed:
Comments and questions welcome.