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Plum Guide Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2014

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It's here. Finally there's a tech binding that lets you rip the BC like you mean it. The Plum Guide Alpine Touring Ski Bindings are precision-CNC'd pieces of art that also attach your skis securely to your tech-compatible ski boots for both skinning and skiing. Plum bindings are made by Felisaz, a small French CNC firm near Chamonix that manufactures specialty aerospace parts. A member of a local ski club approached them with a plan to build a high quality tech binding just as Dynafit's patent on the tech system was expiring, and Plum was born. These bindings feature a super positive spring action at both toe and heel, adjustable release values from 5.5 to 12, a one-piece alloy heel plate and lifter design, and weigh a feathery 358 grams for one toe and one heelpiece, with screws.

Product Details

Toe

Made of aerospace grade materials: aluminium, steel, and polyvinyl

Crampon slot

Front lock lever

Heel

Heel adjustment range of 30 mm

3 Heel riser positions on the heel piece

Tour Mode

Heel heights change for skinning by rotating heelpiece

Additional Features

No ski brake is available at the present time; safety leash included.

Ski Compatibility

Requires a tech (Dynafit) compatible boot with correct toe and heel fittings

Mounting pattern is identical to Dynafit Classic/Comfort/Vertical bindings

Specs

  • Type: Tech
  • Ability Level: Advanced-Expert More 
  • DIN / Release Value Low: 3.5
  • DIN / Release Value High: 12
  • Weight (g): 358
  • Material: Aluminum

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Plum Guide Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2014
 
4.5

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4.0

Solid, light, functional

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from Tahoe

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Pros

  • Good Interface
  • Great Construction
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • A Bit Finicky
  • Brake Availability

Best Uses

  • At Skiing

Comments about Plum Guide Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2014:

I have been skiing Plums for 3 seasons now and I've been happy with these bindings.

They're quite light (about as much as a Dynafit Speed Radical). That's 200g+ lighter per binding than the ST/FT models with brakes. They are no-frills AT bindings that have worked as expected. I appreciate the amount of metal in the construction, especially the metal "volcanoes" on the heels that turn the heel piece and serve as the tallest heel riser. I broke a couple of the radical lifters before moving to Plums.

They ski well for my purposes (not a lot of airs) and I have had only 1 prerelease in 3 seasons, which is about equivalent to my past experiences with Dynafits.

There are failures described online (check TGR). Most of these seem to be with early generation bindings. The newer generation seems to have worked out most (but perhaps not all) of the kinks. Thankfully I haven't had any issues. Time will tell I suppose.

The lack of easy to obtain brakes may deter some buyers. I personally don't mind it but if this is a selling point for you then that could be a deal breaker.

Put some locktite on the fore-aft adjust screws to keep them locked down. Check them for looseness periodically. This is a bit finicky compared to the worm screw on dynafits. I stripped some of the star drive screws that came with the bindings and just switched to 8 mm long M5 hex head machine screws, which work well.

Keep the toe lever lubed periodically as well to prvent seizing/sticking.

So in general they are a bit more finicky in some aspects than dynafits, but if you don't mind putting in a little TLC I find them to be a good, lightweight choice for AT skiers.

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5.0

Awesome high end alternative to dynafits

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from Reverstoke, BC

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Pros

  • Great Construction
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Cross-Country
    • Downhill

    Comments about Plum Guide Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2014:

    They're basically CNC aluminum versions of dynafits, which means they're incredibly lightweight and still burly enough to rip downhill. I've skied hard on these bindings off piste and on the ski hill for 3 years with nothing breaking or releasing in a funny way. My only downside to these bindings were the lack of brakes (not so bad when I'm touring powder but on firm snow or the hill it's nice to have), but Plum's come out with brakes this year so that resolved that. Highly recommend to anyone.

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