To be resort compliant in North America, the Onyx will need to have a pair of ski brakes, which G3 is listing as an "accessory." I couldn't find a photo or specifications for these on the G3 site. Assuming they're similar to a pair of Dynafit "Ski Stoppers", this would add 120g to the weight, totalling 1550g. Of course, you could always use a leash instead, but that's not the point, is it? Compare that to a pair of Marker's Dukes at 2600g and Diamir Freeride Plus at 1980g, and the Onyx is still a lighter binding.
With a toe stop, step in/out capability, ski brakes, and possibly the lightest resort-ready binding on the market, the Onyx is poised to be my next "side-country" binding for resort and boundary-backcountry skiing. Take a look at G3's special stand-alone site for the Onyx at www.g3onyx.com.
From G3's blog, House Blend:
G3 Introduces New Alpine Touring Binding Posted by G3 on Tuesday 06th January, 2009 Vancouver, BC, January 5, 2008 — G3 Genuine Guide Gear today unveiled the ONYX, the world’s new standard for Alpine Touring usability and performance. The ONYX offers up uncompromised uphill and downhill performance in an easy-to use tech-compatible design. Incorporating a series of intuitive and innovative features including the ability for skiers to change from ski to tour mode on-the-fly, an easy step-in toe, oversized high strength forged aluminum jaws and chassis, topped only by its lightweight design, the ONYX is a binding built for those who are not willing to sacrifice.
“With an unsurpassed degree of engineering and complete attention to detail, the ONYX represents G3’s commitment to industry-leading innovation,” says Oliver Steffen, G3’s President. “This product is built for skiers who want outstanding uphill usability and rock-solid downhill performance from the same binding.”
To meet the ONYX, please visit www.g3onyx.com.
G3 Onyx / photo G3