Plum invested 5 more grams into the ol’ reliable race 145 binding. The primary return on that investment is a new toe lever that is smoother and easier to operate. Gone are the fiddly-to-mount striker plates that previously decided whether you were in walk mode or ski mode. The new lock-stops are machined into the toe and feel buttery to operate. The lever itself was widened and smoothed of rough edges that could be a pain to grab. Also improved is the optional crampon attachments, which are now machined bits of aluminum that accept Plum crampons from the top (and others with the traditional sliding motion). The heel piece remains the robust design that many folks use on all their mountain adventures. The Plum 150 continues to be a benchmark against with other race bindings are measured.
Update 2017/18: Plum redesigned the toe lever to avoid unlocking problems with some boots. All of our inventory has the update.
Update 2018/19: Plum reshaped the toe piece, moving material to more critical areas from less critical areas. Plum is now including a complimentary set of crampon attachments. They are still removable if you don't plan on 'poning. All of our inventory is current with the latest model.
|Riser Heights||1 + flat, optional high riser|
|Materials||7075 aluminum, steel|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Much improved toe lever|
|Bottom Line||Hard-wearing race binding|