Review: G3 Targa Telemark Bindings

G3 Targa Telemark Binding. See for the review.To be fair, these are really the only kind of Tele bindings I’ve ever used. In a way, that’s a good thing as I’ve not been driven to replace them.

I’ve now skied on these bindings for about 4 seasons and they are holding up very well. Most of my skiing has been in-bounds at ski areas but there have been quite a few backcountry trips as well.

What the bindings do very well:

  • They are strong, light and simple.
  • They are easy to get into and out of.
  • They provide a secure and solid connection between the boot and ski.
  • The heal bail/lifter holds in position well during climbs and is easy to set and stow

The things that are left to be desired of the bindings have more to do with off the slopes than on, making them mere convinces instead of technical concerns for how the bindings perform:

  • Plastic breaking on cables
  • Safety leash shackle broke (I discovered recently in trying a different pair of boots that this might be a design flaw of the Crispi boots I was wearing when this broke instead of the binding itself)
  • It would be nice to have a way to lock the bindings down when the skis are not in use. They can be locked down against the heel rest if the bindings are opened up all the way.
  • After getting out of the bindings, I have to pre-set the heal latch, pushing it back just a little more to make it easier to get into the bindings the next time.

Again, the above concerns are minor and not even the culmination of them make me want to get different bindings or irritate me to any degree. I would recommend these bindings to anyone.

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Here’s a little backcountry trip on these bindings… not that you see them ever.

About the author

Adventure Correspondent Cameron L. Martindell is a freelance adventure travel and expedition writer, photographer and filmmaker who founded in 2000. He has contributed to Elevation Outdoors Magazine, The Gear Junkie, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Backpacker, Wired, Australian Geographic, and others. He has been to all seven continents and lived on five of them, including a four-month stint at the South Pole. Cameron has more than 10 years of mountain search and rescue experience, is an Eagle Scout, has been an Australian bush firefighter, competes in sailing regattas, plans national and international youth programs, guides Oregon rafting trips and Australian bush backpacking trips.


  1. Just had a ‘throw’ break while getting mounted up one morning… maybe 5 years of 20x/year area skiing. Not happy about this. Seems like a design/material flaw.

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