While the Caribou in the great herds of the Arctic tundra are gentle, migratory herbivores, the Plum Karibou 12 binding is a predator on the mountain, wanting to attack every descent. The burliest binding that Plum manufactures, the Karibou is made for charging and freeriding with no holds barred. What sets it apart from the rest of Plum's lineup is the 8mm elastic response system in the toepiece, which allows the toe to slide forward as the ski is flexed. Combined with the 4mm heel gap and the Karibou 12 has a full 12mm of accommodation for ski compression. This is an important feature for free riders or aggressive skiers who push their gear to the max, as over-flexing the ski with traditional pin bindings can cause the heel gap to close, and without any elastic response, cause premature release or damage the heel piece. The Karibou 12 also includes a stomp pad that makes contact with the heel of your boot, facilitating better power transfer to the ski. The heel can be twisted in either direction to enter/exit tour mode and includes a flat mode with two flip risers that can be pole-operated making the ascent a breeze, even in beefier boots that may not walk as freely as others. Don’t be a migratory herbivore and get the Karibou binding from Plum.
- Fully adjustable forward and lateral release from 5.5-12.
- Elastic response system integrated into the toe improves reliability and durability for the most demanding of skiers.
- Stomp pad supports your heel from underneath for more contact between your boot and the ski.
- Heel piece rotates in both directions and has two risers (plus flat mode) for the most uphill adaptability.
- 30mm of boot adjustment to future-proof your setup if you upgrade your boots or are a very good friend that lets others borrow your skis.
- While a full-grown reindeer can weigh as much as 400 lbs, the Karibou 12 keeps the weight reasonable at around 450g.
||Leashes available separately|
||2 + flat|
||7075 aluminum, POM plastic, composite, steel pins|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Everyday touring, big lines, and big ambitions|
|Notes||Toe piece has elasticity which compensates for ski compression|
|Bottom Line||Freeride binding option, without the brake|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
Sure! It functions very much like the heel elasticity in the ATK freeride bindings, in that the binding is mounted with a 4mm gap, and the toe is able to move forward on a springloaded track in order to compensate for ski flex beyond the 4mm gap (on an ATK, or most other bindings with this feature, this happens at the heel rather than the toe). This ensures that the binding will still retain during hard landings or times when the ski flexes severely and the boot bottoms out the heel gap.
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