The “Race Plus” category is growing neatly. That is, alpine touring ski bindings that are more featureful than race-bindings but more streamlined than traditional touring designs. The Plum Oazo embodies that trend with a slick set of features that have it sitting right at the 200-gram mark (after which you start to feel the weight every step). The sturdy toe is a proven design that is simple, light, easy to operate, and nothing more. The heel-piece features a fixed vertical release that hits the sweet spot for many skiers while the lateral release is adjustable from 4-10. Multiple easily-accessed risers are at your disposal should you need them, just flip the flaps into place. No rotation is necessary to climb, making it super easy and fast to transition. However, you can also rotate the heel for a full flat-on-ski mode for long approaches. If you have tried a Plum binding before, chances are you’ve taken note of the durability and ability to outlast multiple skis and boots while performing at a high level. The Oazo is no exception, and offers a tempting combination of weight and features.
- 19mm adjustment track to accommodate multiple boots.
- Included crampon receptor comes at-the-ready on the toe piece.
- Fixed vertical release value and adjustable lateral release values from 4-10.
- Three total climbing positions including a flat-on-ski mode.
- Includes Plum Leashes so you don't lose your bling.
- Generous 220lb skier weight limit.
Update 2019/20: Plum officially started calling this binding the "Oazo 8" to differentiate it from the new Oazo 6. There were no changes.
|Riser Heights||2 + flat|
|Materials||7075 aluminum, steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Ski touring, mountaineering|
|Notes||No need to turn heel piece to use the risers!|
|Bottom Line||Light and versatile.|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
The uphill on these is great: I haven't had a chance to use the high riser, but foresee getting some action on it next season when the steep-skinner-setting macho bros come back out to play. The heel pieces are kind of difficult to turn when the ski is attached to your toes, but have started to loosen up a little bit. I only seem to use the flat on the approach and then turn to the low setting once the up starts.
Downhill performance is also fantastic: I never felt chattery or like the bindings were going to explode out from under me. I honestly didn't even notice them, which is kind of the point, no? Granted, I was skiing powder on them, but they handled the big skis to which they were mounted (164 cm Voile Hyper Drifters) with aplomb (a-Plum?). I look forward to thrashing these next season.
I have used it for skiing in any snow, any terrain and also with a heavy pack. So far, it performed without any issues.
I have also used the Plum Race 170 heel for long time (I like it) and the Oazo is more comfortable to use without much more weight.
If I weigh 90-91kg will the vertical release of 8 be an issue for me? My DIN setting is usually around 9.5-10. I am looking for a mountaineering binding that will go on a Black Crows Vastus Freebird ski that is 76 underfoot and a 163.
Two quick questions for you
1. Is it the same mounting pattern as the wepa?
2. Couldn't find any data about the ramp angle, same as the wepa?
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