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Plum Pika Binding

$538.95

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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 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.

Specifications
Weight
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281g
Weight (pair) 562g
Boot Compatibility   Tech
Brakes   Optional 85, 95, 105mm
BSL Adjustment   18mm
Riser Heights   1 + flat
Vertical Release   5-10
Lateral Release   5-10
Crampon Ready   Plum crampons only
Specs Verified Yes
Design
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

4/10/2021
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.)
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1/12/2021
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?
1/13/2021
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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12/20/2020
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?
12/21/2020
Answer from Patrick C
 
Eric,

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 help@skimo.co.
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3/1/2020
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?

Thanks
3/1/2020
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Eric, yes that should work fine!
3/1/2020
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?
3/1/2020
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).
3/1/2020
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.
3/1/2020
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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4/27/2018
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.. :)
4/27/2018
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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3/23/2018
Question from Kevin
 
Do you have the brakes for this binding available now? What is the approximate weight of the brakes?
3/23/2018
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Kevin, we expect availability within the next few weeks. Spec weight is 85g on the brakes.
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