Take a proven design, add higher release values and more adjustability, and you get the Plum Guide binding. Crafted in France with extremely accurate CNC machines, the binding echoes the classic TLT Speed that has proven itself reliable for more than a decade. However by using aerospace grade materials, Plum was able to increase the overall strength and dial up the max release value to 12. And with 30mm of boot sole length adjustability, the Guide can adapt to at roughly 4 full sizes, making for very flexible mounts. If you're looking for a sturdy, lightweight binding with simple operation, Plum may have found the answer.
Machined with aerospace grade aluminum, steel, and polyvinyl to achieve tangible strength and rigidity.
Lateral and vertical (forward) release values can be adjusted between a range of 5.5 and 12 (similar to DIN values).
Two riser heights (in addtion to flat) can be engaged by rotating the heel piece with either hand or a pole.
Heel adjusts forward and backward within a 30mm range so the same mount can accommodate 4-5 full boot sizes.
Front lever flips between fully-locked uphill and releasable ski modes, with a handy inscription so you know which mode you're in.
Toe piece features a ski crampon receptor so you can get extra traction while skinning snow ice.
Same mounting pattern as the Dynafit Speed, Comfort, and Vertical series so you may be able to use existing drill holes.
Leash included to help prevent lost skis or angry patrolmen (brakeless versions only).
Update 15/16: Plum now offers integrated heel brakes with the Guide binding, choose from 90mm, 110mm, or 130mm. The brakes have a locking mechanism designed to prevent deploying when skinning uphill. Also Plum is now making ski crampons which can be plugged into the top of the receptor, instead of slid in from the side like the others.
Used on Movement Vertex, got the ones with brakes. I have brakes on none of my other skis, but wanted one pair with them, also because I like the higher heel plug for an all-around ski. Skied for a few days at Snowbird, so have not really worked this in the BC as yet. My first impression is that Plum has a very refined design - the bindings are easier to get into than most dynafit-type ones I've used or own. The brake locks in the up position (so it's out of the way when touring), which is also handy for waxing or other times when you want them out of the way. It does not appear they can easily be removed, so be sure you want brakes if you get them with them. I had no play or pre-releasing, and use a modest DIN setting, but obviously this requires more time to confirm. This is a very carefully and well made item - even the crampon attachment is a step up from the normal dynafit type, dropping in from above as opposed to sliding in from the side. More to come with more use.
thank you for your ongoing advice about the right bindings for the Big Fish X. I understand the Plum Guide binding has lateral and vertical release, whereas the Superfit 2.0 only has a lateral release. I am not exactly sure what the difference is and whether there is a safety implication for only having lateral release. What is the additional risk, considering I am only a moderately good skier?
Also I see the Superlight 2.0 only has two riser heights (to 47mm) and no "flat" option. Does it definitely not have a flat option - seems odd? The Plum Guide on the other hand top riser is 87mm, presumably better on steep slopes? As a moderate skier would perhaps the Plum Guide be better for me?
For information, I am looking to buy the Big Fish X skis and bindings to race in the PdG in April (but also use recreationally afterwards). As a moderate skier (from England) I am expecting to complete in a time of 14 hours. I wonder if that has any effect on your recommendation.
Hi Joss, the Superlite 2.0 has a forward release, it's just not adjustable, meaning it may or may not be appropriate for your height, weight, age, boot sole length, and skier type. You can turn the heel sideways for a flat more which seems to work reasonably well, but there is no detent so the heel piece may bet accidentally turned into ski mode if it gets hit by your boot.
The highest risers can be a bit more efficient on some slopes, but lighter the better for a 14 hour race!
you kindly answered my further question about the compatibility of the Movement Big Fish X/Plum Guide and the Kreutspitze 75mm binding, and recommended the Superlight 2.0 binding. Sadly it is a little too expensive for me once I have bought the base plate (which I would want) and the brake. On that basis what do you think is the best/most compatible brake to go with my Big Fish X and plum guide binding? Thank you Joss
you kindly answered my question about the compatibility of the Movement Big Fish X/Plum Guide and the Kreutspitze 75mm binding. You suggested the Dynafit Superlight 2.0 as a more suitable alternative. If that is also 75mm will I not have the same problem with the Big Fish being 77mm at the waist? Also I am struggling to see how the superlight 2.0 attaches to the Plum Guide binding. Can you advise please? . Let me know as I am keen to buy it if it will definitely work
Hi Joss, Dynafit makes their brakes a bit wider than advertised; I tested one on the big fish and it works. The brakes are not compatible with the Plum Guide, I was suggesting the Superlite 2.0 as a good binding for that ski.
I am looking to buy Movement Big Fish X skis and Plum Guide M binding. The Big Fish has a waist of 77mm. Can I get the 75mm Kreutspitze brake or do I have to get the 90? I'd prefer a narrower brake but will 75 be too narrow for that ski. I have Scarpa Alien boots. Does anyone foresee any set up issues here?
How is durability on the current version of the Plum Guides.? I had an older generation that developed slop in the heel pins; I got rid of them after this problem repeated it self a couple of times despite being repaired. I also heard this generation had problems with the toe wings but I did not have that issue. My current pair is two years old with the black toe wings and have been going strong; should I expect any issues with them?
I am thinking of getting another pair; they now have integrated heel brakes from what I hear. Can I get the still get the Guides without the brakes? I don't use brakes on my tech setups.
What is the ski crampon compatibility with the guides? My Dynafit brand ski crampons work with the my Guides, but don't fit as smoothly in the ski crampon slot on my Guides as on my Vert St's; the Guides tolerances seem much tighter in this regard. Are the Plum ski crampons a better fit than the Dynafit crampons for the Guides?
Hi Harpo, we haven't seen any slop in recent years; Plum would be able to tell your generation with your serial number. Yes the Guide is still available without brakes. The Plum crampons work more easily in the Guide than the Dynafits, since you can just drop them in the top instead of sliding them in from the side.
So I bought the Guide with brakes for my Movement Shifts. Several important points: (1) boots with rocker like my TLT6s will not work well with the binding + front brake. The pedal behind the pins that retracts the brake is too high; it will, at rest, keep the boot heel almost at the 2nd heel height, well above the pins and the ski. Following the manual, I removed the shiny plate from the pedal and that brought the boot heel down almost to the height of the pins, better but not enough. (2) The pedal will act as a fulcrum and pop the boot out of the pins when depressed to set the brake. (3) Adding the "stomp plate"/heel rest practically solves these problems for the TLT 6, but frequently the brake fails to fully retract on one of my skis; but paying attention and giving the brake a lift with a finger or putting the toe latch into walk mode with retract and lock the brake in place with the arms folded in over the ski. (4) the heel rest is a miracle. I broke trail today in 17 inches of new powder and never had to clear snow from beneath my heel :-) In this kind of snow with my Dynafits I would have had to repeated chip away at ice blocks forming under my heels. (5) The brake raise the toe piece resulting in little delta between the heel and toe; I like this; together with the heel rest, snow build up seems to be remedied. (6) I really like the rear binding--it is reminiscent of the Dynafit Comort and Vertical but seems to work much better; I did have an unwanted rotation or two into heel lock down. So buyer beware: you may have to fiddle with the brakes and heel rest to find a comfortable fit for your particular boot; the heel rest, IMHO, is mandatory; you may have to fiddle a little extra during transitions to ensure the front brake is fully retracted and locked in place.
I have one of the original plum guide bindings (first year or two). Can I add brakes that are rear facing? I heard they are coming out with them. I don't want the forward facing brake. One of your pictures has them but it looks integrated into the heal rather than an add on. What are my options? Thanks