(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.
Louie Dawson earned his Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from Western Washington University in 2014. When he’s not skiing Mount Baker or somewhere equally as snowy, he’s thinking about new products to make ski mountaineering more fun and safe.