The Plum Race 120 binding is for the speediest of the speedy, for the fast and light skiers who answer, "water and extra layers just slow me down" when asked where in tarnation their backpacks are. The Race 120 is the big brother to the Race 99, and was designed for use by racers who brush uncomfortably close to the 90kg weight limit of the Race 99. If you're looking to get a race binding that's as light as possible, but the 99 looks a little too dainty for your tastes, look no further. The Plum Race 120 is all you need to for racing, touring, and going light and fast in the backcountry.
- These bindings mount directly to the ski, but adjustment plates can be purchased here if you need to accommodate different BSL's.
- A single riser flap must be engaged when walking and is 38mm from the surface of the ski.
- Slick wheel-bearing makes locking and unlocking the toe lever a breeze.
- Plum claims a non-adjustable release value of 7ish on the Race 120 binding.
- Ski crampon receptor (sold separately) can be removed with a simple tool at home or in the field.
- Plum offers a two-year warranty on these bindings.
- Made in France.
|BSL Adjustment||Optional plate(s)|
|Riser Heights||1 + flat|
|Materials||Machined from solid 7075 Aluminum|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Racing, training, or general competition.|
|Notes||Nice wheel bearing for smooth lever action|
|Bottom Line||The sweet spot between lightness and strength.|
|Compare to other Race Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
I recently got to thinking about the bona fides of the Race 120 after reading this review out of the Canadian Rockies, which concluded that the 150's higher vertical ("forward") release value was worth it over the 120. I haven't seen that difference in RV rear its head during bench testing or in real-world use; I think both bindings hit the sweet spot in terms of release versus retention balance, even for a bigger skier who makes a lot of not-so-graceful turns in not-so-powdery snow. The main usage differences between the 150 and the 120 are in the toe piece: the 150 toe piece (also used in the 170 and Oazo) has a stiffer three-position design (open, closed, locked) while the lever bearing on the 120 is smoother and easier to use in a race application for quick transitions, with two positions (open, closed) along with a high lock position for the occasional cautious descent through the no-fall-zone.
The other key point in the 120 vs 150 conversation is the ramp angle. While the Race 150 is at a manageable +1.0 ramp, the 120 drops down to a race-ready -1.5mm, which is definitely a noticeable difference. On a short 168mm Goldfish, that "negative" ramp allows for a more stable, upright, balanced ski position with less quad fatigue over the course of those big 3,000-meter ski days. If nothing else that lower ramp is a big selling point for me when skiing short skis and race boots. Looking forward to bashing around on Plums for years (decades!) to come!
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