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.
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.
Hi Skier6, the Spectres work OK. You may need to remove a bit of sole material right near the toe wings to help it lay in flat-on-ski mode, but that is not unusual with various tech bindings and AT boot combos. Brakes work fine but you should still go with the brakeless version :)
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.
Updated. I've had plate movement twice, likely due to the 2 screw adjustment plate. Brian at skimolife is a better source of details. https://www.instagram.com/brian.skimolife. Admittedly it slipped after late season skiing on Crouches berard but I didn't do as much stream and turf skiing as the locals who passed me. Even after tightening that morning they slipped in shrubbery terrain. Will likely locktite a bit next year. Also a great reason to bring a posi multi tool and bits along.
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!