After looking into different tech bindings I finally went with these. And couldn't be happier. They are amazing on the uphill. I love the pole activated heel risers. And when it comes time to ski... These babies are super solid. I'm 6'6" and 180 pounds and I ski hard. I have snapped skis and broken bindings. Two seasons and these bindings are still like new. These things can drive big skis, I'm talking 191cm long 120mm underfoot, no problem. Maching through chunder and never pre-released. They are a bit heavy, but totally worth it for the confidence they inspire when you're skiing or hucking. I am way stoked on these bindings. And I reccomend them to everyone.
Went touring with a good pal o mine last week in Tahoe before the resorts opened up. Here's what he had to report on the Onyx binding:
" I know isn't quite a Dynafit, I have put probably close to 100,000' vert on it with almost no issue. I like the way they ski, AND whats really cool is they mount on plates so I have two pairs of skis with plates mounted on them, and I can move the bindings back and forth depending on the conditions/type of skiing I'm looking at for that day. They are also quite affordable as tech bindings go."
So is his dog.
A lot of people trash these bindings for being made out of plastic. Well, my AT rig fell off the top of my car at 50 mph, and the bindings weren't even scratched. They are also awesome on the downhill, and even though they weigh more than other tech bindings you don't notice because you don't lift your skis when you tour.
I am sold on the power these tech bindings have in regards to downhill performance.
2 years and still going strong, inbounds and out of bounds.
In other reviews I kept reading about the narrow bolt pattern in the toe of the binding. Has G3 updated this?
Have we seen installation changes from 2011 to 2013?
To better explain what I mean, I have copied that review:
Although the binding is good for DIN 12, their bolt pattern is far too narrow which puts tremendous torque on the toe bolts. Both of us ripped our bindings out of our skis within 1 week, destroying our new skis.
I need to be honest, just go with dynafit. I had these, 2 pairs of onyx and both pairs failed. the design seems to be well thought out and DOES switch between tour and ski, which is a great feature for crossing over flats and kicking your way out of places but other than that, they just have too many moving parts to be viable for any real longterm BC use. I never poped out nor did i insta tele but i bought a pair of radical speeds and the radical ft and and could not be happier that I made the move to dynafits.