Plum invested 5 more grams into the ol’ reliable race 145 binding. The primary return on that investment is a new toe lever that is smoother and easier to operate. Gone are the fiddly-to-mount striker plates that previously decided whether you were in walk mode or ski mode. The new lock-stops are machined into the toe and feel buttery to operate. The lever itself was widened and smoothed of rough edges that could be a pain to grab. Also improved is the optional crampon attachments, which are now machined bits of aluminum that accept Plum crampons from the top (and others with the traditional sliding motion). The heel piece remains the robust design that many folks use on all their mountain adventures.
Update 2016/17: Plum redesigned the toe lever (see 2nd photo) to avoid locking problems with some boots. All of our inventory has the update.
|Riser Heights||1 + flat, optional high riser|
|Materials||7075 aluminum, steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Much improved toe lever|
|Bottom Line||Hard-wearing race binding|