G3 ZED Anti-Rotation — A Winner?

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | November 19, 2018      

This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry.

The 2018-2019 ZED ski touring binding from G3 appears to possess an excellent anti-rotation (AR) feature. Simple. Yet like most things simple — that work — someone probably put a lot of thought into this. Similar in concept to a few other AR systems we’ve seen, but different in that it appears to be a more positive and stronger engagement. Perhaps “best in class.” Check it out:

ZED with rotation lock engaged.

ZED ski binding with rotation lock engaged. It’s a small notch and corresponding tang located under the heel-flat-on-ski support. Thing is, not only does it click in with plenty of tension, as you tour your weight comes down on it (whether your using lifters or heel-flat). My prediction: you will not have auto-rotation problems with this binding.

The notch. Probably best to keep it greased.

The notch. Probably good to keep it greased, to reduce wear.

The tang, or tab, that clicks into the notch.

The tang, or tab, that clicks into the ZED AR notch (example of why naming products with all caps is lame). In all, the eradication of auto-rotation promises to make for much better days of ski touring. Time for extensive field testing.


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5 Responses to “G3 ZED Anti-Rotation — A Winner?”

  1. Pablo November 20th, 2018 2:36 am

    For me, a winner would be a binding’s heel that doesn’t need to be rotated to change modes or aid climbs.

    And if it’s neccesary to rotate something to change mode, it’s far better to not stepping on rotating parts as in the Atomic Backland’s heel. This way rotation problems simply doesn’t exist.

  2. Eric steig November 20th, 2018 7:52 am

    Surely best in class is the Backland design that does not rotate. Of course that’s a bit more “skimo class”. But still. Seems to me a fundamentally better design.

  3. Lou 2 November 20th, 2018 12:22 pm

    Yeah, I see what you guys are saying. Some truth to that. Where I felt Zed was a “class” in that the release-retention is fully adjustable, while the Atomic-Backland is a U-spring classic design, albeit with a super clever way of doing the heel that indeed can’t rotate. Lou

  4. Pablo November 21st, 2018 4:49 am

    Hi Lou
    Obviously the Backlands are a different category bindings. But for me, the concept of design in which the part corresponding to the pins (and not the top cover with the climbing aids) is the only one that rotates, could be easily applied to a heel with an adjustable retention system similar to the Zed or the Rads. I’m not enginier but I can easily sketch a system that could work that way.
    The problem with the acidental rotation of the bindings heels comes from stepping on the climb aids, so why not leave them fixed independently of the retention system?

  5. shopguy November 23rd, 2018 6:37 pm

    Really concerned about wear with this thing. I think keeping it greased is a great idea. Our floor sample is already showing signs of wear on the notch but maybe that’s just ‘breaking it in’. I wish G3 luck after the headaches the Ion caused, their heart is in the right place.

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