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 heel flipper for a riser and to integrate a removable brake-system. The release mechanism is fully adjustable in both lateral and vertical directions. 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 and 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 heel 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.
* Please note the brakes are sold separately.
||Optional 85, 95, 105mm|
||1 + flat|
||Plum crampons only|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Lightweight touring, ski mountaineering|
|Notes||Slick removable brake system|
|Bottom Line||Just enough features to stay light!|
|Compare to other Lean Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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?
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.
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