This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.
G3 helped us out some time ago with a technical look at their ZED binding. Overall we were favorably impressed, but I wanted a little more time with the sweet thing. A pair is now living here at WildSnow HQ, so how about a few supplementary details before we get them on the snow?
Note: If your ski is flexed, for example, while standing in powder, the kiss gap may result in your boot heel hitting the binding as you attempt to stomp-click into downhill mode. This syndrome is detailed here. Factors such as your boot model, weight, and ski flex influence this. But most importantly, it’s good to have a small ramp at the top of the binding heel to lead your boot down when you stomp for click-in. Zed (proper case intentional) lacks this. Whether that will be a problem for Zed (proper case intentional), consumer testing will tell the tale.
Verified weights, retail version:
—- Total 374 grams (13.2 oz) single binding with screws, no brake, no crampon mount.
—- Toe 128 grams (4.5 oz) no crampon mount, with screws.
—- Heel 246 grams (8.7 oz) no brake, with screws.
—- Brake, 115 mm, 86 grams (3.0 oz)
Climbing post heights and delta angle.High-quality
Screw pattern = Matches ION, wide, heel 36.5 mm, toe 40 mm.
Available brakes: 85,100,115,130 mm.
Boot length adjustment range 30 mm, 62 with demo plate at about 25 grams weight increase per binding.
Release values (RV) 5-12.
Ski flex compensation 10 mm (known as “forward pressure” to those who don’t understand, though it is not “forward pressure”).
Overall impression: High-quality addition to the breed, typical of G3. Recommended, with a caveat: This is the first full-retail season for ZED, consumer testing will reveal the final verdict. We never entirely trust ski touring bindings until they’re vetted.