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G3 Targa

rated 3.0 of 5 stars
photo: G3 Targa telemark binding

Not the binding you want if you are an aggressive telemarker. Was a good binding to learn on, if only because it was hard to ski!

Pros

  • Light
  • Easily adjustable

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • No free-pivot option
  • Loose

This was my first telemark binding, and I used it for about half a season, probably 50 days. It was used at the time I bought it. I was impressed that they held up, given that I had heard a lot of horror stories of these breaking. 

First off, let's start with the pros: These are super light, super easy to mount and switch out parts as necessary, and they work. 

The problem is, the list of cons is much longer: There is no free pivot option for touring, the resistance on these bindings is low and I definitely did not feel comfortable on variable conditions. Because they have low resistance and feel rather flimsy, you don't feel like you can really apply pressure into the skis and ski aggressively. 

Admittedly, a lot of my problems with this binding are due to style (as is true of most ski equipment). If you are just looking for a binding to learn telemarking with or to do the occasional backcountry day on, these are fine.

Overall, they are an average binding that gives you what you need without much else. They work. Just not as well as something made by 22 Designs.

[I am a PSIA certified Telemark and Alpine instructor]

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $50

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Price MSRP: $206.65
Historic Range: $84.95-$198.95
Reviewers Paid: $50.00
Weight 1213 g / 42.5 oz
Size US 4.5 - 14.0 / Euro 37.0 - 49.0
Material Stainless Steel toe plate
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