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 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 dropped into the top of the receptor instead of slid in from the side like the others.
Update 17/18: Plum added a new orange color. Brake widths changed to 85mm, 95mm, 105mm, 115mm, or 135mm. Binding remains solid.
A great binding. 341g vs 363g for the Speed Radical. That is not the important differece. The big differences are (1) the tower allows swiveling the binding back and forth to dislodge snow built up under the heel--a major peeve of mine; (2) it is easier for me to change lift settings; (3) I never had the heel piece rotate while climbing, whereas all my Speeds (every version) would rotate and I would snap into down hill, requiring removal of the foot from the ski and placing one in a precarious position on the sidehill. Bindings look good too. I bought them with front brakes and stomp pad to get a low delta for use with my TLT5 and TLT6, worked fine but I had to use the black accessory tongue with the 6. When my liner wore out, I bought Scarpa F1s and found the delta too low (I was in the back seat) and removed the brake and stomp pad, resulting in a pefect delta for the F1 in the lower forward lean (and, of course, significantly less weight!). This binding has advantages over the Superlites--more heel lifts, adustable RVs for lateral and vertical release, and greater delta--the benefit of this last one depends on the boot; too much for the TLT6 just right for the F1. The Guides are better lookning than the Speed Radicals, too.
Hi Ryan, they don't have a printed template included but we can send you an electronic version with your order. We've seen very few problems with the Guide over the last few years. In fact, Plum is so confident it will hold up, they just increased the warranty to 5 years!
I have the older Guides. Currently they are mounted on a pair of BD Justices 185 115mm underfoot. They are great for hiking but, I'm looking at getting new, wider sticks. I see the new Guides have breaks up to 130mm. How wide is too wide for my bindings?
Hi Tony, yeah no problem. You could go brakeless or likely fit the 110mm brakes on it.
Thank you the quick respone. Awesome . The V8 is fairly light for its size, just wanted to make sure that the Guide would be able to drive it . I'm not a "charger" ski style wise. Just lots of touring backcountry and sidecountry stuff. Sounds like the Guide/ V8 would be a great combo.
One additional ? I have a Jigarex mounting jig. Jigarex offers a couple of mounting plates for 1 or 2 Plum bindings. However , they dont list a hole pattern plate for the Guide specifically. Are Plum hole patterns all the same across their models?
1. OK with 83mm waist skis?
2. I will have to mount myself or local ski shop. What about templates and mounting specs?
3. Will they work with my Dynafit TLT 4 Pro's? Currently using Dynafit Comfort binding.
4. Any issues to consider with a more 'modern' boot like the Arcteryx Procline?
Hi Greg, 1. The 90mm brakes will work fine on those skis. 2. We have paper templates available. 3. Yes, these will work with just about any boot with standard tech fittings. 4. No problem there either!
My skis are 87mm underfoot so the 90mm brake would be fine, but if I change my skis in the next few seasons for something wider can I just replace the brake, or do I need to get an entire new heel unit.
Hi there, Can you tell me if Plum Guide bindings have the same screw mounting pattern as dynafits? I have Dynafit Stoke skis with preset screw placement - wondering if Plums will match. Thanks, Richard
Hey Richard, each brand has its own proprietary hole pattern and they generally don't like to share. We have a Hole Pattern Recognition article where you can see the hole pattern compatibility if you have any further questions.