All-metal bindings weighing in under 102 grams? You betcha (they weight 101)! Designed for those folks looking for every edge in competition, the Plum 99 is the updated pinnacle of race-binding minimalism. It also adds a twist to the concept of adjustable release. Choose from two lateral-release values (roughly 6 or 8) simply by changing the mounting-orientation of the heel. The forward release remains fixed in the middle and features a standard race-heel flap to cover the pins while skinning. Given its svelte nature, Plum recommends using the 99 for racing and training only. Skiers who weigh in over the 90kg/198lb recommended usage limit, or who plan on using their race bindings for non-race applications, can check out the Plum Race 120.
- Innovative heel design lets you pick the release value according to the mounting orientation of the heel.
- Aerospace aluminum chassis has been slimmed to an incredible 99 grams (3.5oz).
- Toe lever easily switches between fully-locked uphill and unlocked-downhill modes.
- Full lateral and forward release is compliant with ISMF specs for competition.
- 100% made in France.
||6 or 8|
||7075 aluminum, T6 titanium|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Change lateral release with a sideways mount|
|Bottom Line||The lightest metal binding|
|Compare to other Race Bindings|
Questions & Reviews
150pounds~ skier. I feel like this binding is badly designed. The 4 toe pieces broke all at the same spot, around the screws. The holes take the most space and there is not a lot of material around it. The binding at this spot is so thin light that constant pressure make it crack. I am putting 2 stars and not 1 because this binding did serve me amazingly well. It is really precise and easy to get in and also extremely light. I am guessing it might be the right binding for you if you use it only for a race set up but as for me, it was not a good choice. Rather go with the r120/150 if you are also using this ski for training/touring.
Plum suggests an upper weight limit of 90kg or 198lbs for this binding so while you would "make the cut," so to speak, the catch is that they are pretty serious about the "racing and training only." If you are looking to use a binding for longer tours, expeditions, and/or steep skiing, I would suggest looking at the Plum 150 or 170 bindings. They are tried and proven and approved by Plum for those endeavors but work very very well for racing too.
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