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.
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.|