Skimo Co

Plum Pika Binding

$538.95 $499.95

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A pika is a cute mountain rat. The Plum Pika is a cute alpine touring binding. Both are known to thrive at altitude so let’s start by avoiding confusion. Adding this item to your shopping cart will net you beautifully machined ski touring bindings and not a “whistling hare” (pikas often sound a high-pitched alarm when burrowing).

Made in France, the Pika is a lightweight AT binding with an elegant design. Somewhat similar to the WEPA, Plum chose to use a pole-activated heel flipper for a riser and to integrate a removable brake system or stomp pad. The release mechanism is fully adjustable in both lateral and vertical directions for your crashing pleasure. In other words, this is a full-featured binding at a much lighter weight than you may be used to. We’re happy Plum chose Skimo blue.

  • Both lateral and forward release are fully adjustable from 4-10.
  • Heel sits on an adjustment rail that nets up to 20mm of BSL range.
  • Includes a pair of Plum leashes so you don't have runaway mountain rats.
  • Optional brakes* screw on quickly and come in 85, 95, and 105mm widths.
  • Removable crampon receptor (+10g) accepts Plum crampons quickly.
  • Included stomp pad takes some pressure off the pins if you get rad.
  • “Too easy” toe piece is, well, almost too easy to step into.
  • Machined out of super-strong 7075 aluminum.
  • Comes with a rock-solid, 3-year warranty.

Update 2023/24: The Pika now shares brakes with the Oazo binding. Otherwise, the binding functions as its cute furry self.

* Please note the brakes are sold separately.

convert to ounces
Weight (pair) 562g
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes (mm)   Accessory 85, 95, 105
BSL Adjustment   18mm
Riser Heights   1 + flat
Vertical Release   5-10
Lateral Release   5-10
Crampon Ready   Yes, removable
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Aluminum, steel
Skimo Co Says
Usage Lightweight touring, ski mountaineering
Notes Slick removable brake system
Bottom Line Just enough features to stay light!
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Florian Kopp
I have bought a pika complete with stoppers.
Can you provide a drilling template for download?
Would help me a great deal.
Answer from jbo
Hi Florian, yes, we can make it available in your account after purchase.
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Question from Kam
The pika (animal) is in fact a lagomorph, the order that includes rabbits, not a rodent. Otherwise, this is an informative page.
Answer from jbo
If it walks like a rat and quacks like a rat, it's a rat!
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Question from Daniel
How dissimilar is the screw pattern of this binding to the Salomon/Atomic Shift? I'm looking at replacing a ski's prior Shift binding with the Pika, and am concerned about having to significantly change mount points to accommodate new holes.
Answer from Jeff
Hi Daniel, The two patterns are so different, it should not be a problem. Once you have the toe piece in place, if there is any issues at the heel, you can use the BSL adjustment to fine tune to get 1cm of space between holes.
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Question from Jack Z
Do you sell Pika heel pads as a separate item? Thanks
Answer from Brett S
Thanks for reaching out, Jack. We currently don't sell Pika heel pads separately. Please reach out if there is anything else we can do for you!
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Eric S (used product a few times)
Great bindings, though a little dated at this point. The crampons are the best in the business. Toe step in is easy, as advertised. Heel works just like a Dynafit. Heel flippy thing is solid. It's easy to adjust the DIN settings, though it's necessary to have both a #2 Philips AND a big flathead screwdriver, which is pretty silly. The sliding track for adjusting boot size works fine, and is nice a light, but isn't the best choice is you switch boots often.

Solid brakes, easily removed but can't come off accidentally like e.g. problems some have had with the G3 Zed. The brakes are ridiculously wide, so before purchasing, triple check. My 96 mm skis fit the 85 mm brakes with room to spare, and my 106 mm skis accomodate the 95 mm brakes just fine!

I bought these so I could use existing Dynafit Vertical holes which worked just fine. I would not particularly recommend them for new, undrilled skis. There's nothing wrong with them, but I have another pair of skis with the Hagan Core Pro 12 (ARK R12), which are no heavier, and are a truly modern binding that is superior in every way except the crampon fitting. (That could be addresssed by using the Plum Universal Crampon Adapter.)
Reply from Marc F
Old review, but thought I'd ask... what specifically makes the ATK R12 feel more modern? Feature set is pretty much identical - gapless, adjustable, brake-compatible, and all metal construction. What makes the ATK worth and extra ~$200?
Reply from Eric S
You make a good point -- I probably overstated the argument. The "cam" system for the ATK heel is smoother, for sure, but whether it really makes for a safer or more reliable release/retention, I don't know. I've never had trouble with either. The ATK does have more riser options. The toe, in my experience, clicks in more immediately on the ATK. But this may vary with user, which kind of boots you have, etc. Really, the ONLY thing to complain about with the Pika is the single riser height, and for many folks, that's just fine.
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Question from Lucas
Hello, I am looking to buy these to replace a pair of G3 Ions, do you see a problem with the drill pattern of the Pikas and Ions as far as getting the Pikas mounted?
Answer from Teddy Young
Hey Lucas, thanks for reaching out! The toe should be fine but the heel may have issues, but it's difficult to say for certain without putting the mounting jig on the ski.
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Question from Eric S
Have you guys seen any changes to the brakes this year? You wrote that "the first gen brakes had some issues staying retracted". Do you still think that's true?
Answer from Patrick C

Thanks for reaching out! Yes, Plum did update the brakes since they felt that the retraction action (fun to say) was not up to their high standards. If you would like more information on replacement brakes please email us at
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Question from Eric S
Thinking of replacing my Vertical STs with these.
You guys list the hole pattern for Verticals as:

30 x 26.5 (+19) 32/36 x 52.5. [What does the (+19) refer to?]

And for the Pika:

30 x 26.5 32/36 x 53

I should be good to go if I'm careful with the screw-tightening order, right?

Answer from jbo
Hi Eric, yes that should work fine!
Answer from Eric S
Before I hit the "buy" button, two more quick questions!

1) Have you guys seen any problems with these bindings, at all?
2) I assume I had better get the 105 brakes for my Vectors (97mm waist) and that that won't be ridiculously wide?
Answer from jbo
Hi Eric, like most bindings with optional brakes (including your Vertical STs), we think it works best without brakes. True to form, the first gen brakes had some issues staying retracted. The 95mm brakes should fit fine for occasional use (we can verify that for you if you email us your ski length).
Answer from Eric S
Appreciate your candor. I'm reconsidering a bit. I like brakes.

I might have to send you my skis and have you remount with something with a different hole pattern. Zed perhaps?

My skis and bindings are fine -- I'm just tired of having to rotate the heel piece, which is such a P.I.T.A. when touring with a heavy pack.
Answer from jbo
Hi Eric, we're always happy to do that. The Zed is the same category as the Pika though. Something like the Hagan Pure binding may fit your needs best, as it has an integrated 97mm brake with a nice anti-friction plate and you don't need to spin the heels, ever. As always, you can get personalized recommendations using our binding finder.
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Question from Alex
Is it true that PLUM have the same screw patterns as some Dynafit bindings? I'm currently using the TLT Speed 12 but I have had some issues with this binding and I'm thinking of switching to a Pika for next season. Do you think its possible to switch without piercing new holes in the ski? Or am I just being too optimistic.. :)
Answer from Nate
Hi Alex, the Pika is a great binding and I think you'd be very happy with it. It does not have a hole pattern that corresponds with your specific Dynafit bindings and you'll have to drill new holes if you want to use it.
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Question from Kevin
Do you have the brakes for this binding available now? What is the approximate weight of the brakes?
Answer from jbo
Hi Kevin, we expect availability within the next few weeks. Spec weight is 85g on the brakes.
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