The beautiful thing about backcountry skiing is the freedom the method of travel allows. With some skis and a bit of patience, a competent and fit skier can paint the snowy canvas however they want. On the descent, having the freedom to take some risks while skiing fast and playfully can be a truly magical experience and sometimes it may be worth carrying a few more grams uphill. If the compromise of a few grams for added robustness and climbing aids sounds like a fair one to you, then the Plum Summit 12 is the binding you want. Full steel and aluminum construction, traditional heel brakes, and three levels of risers provide the reliability and functionality you need from your backcountry tools. The Summit has a raised toe piece that accommodates a wide range of boots and keeps your ramp angle in check. The brake pads have rollers which release more reliably when you bury a tip trying to drive wide skis in heavy snow at high speeds. If you go into the backcountry planning to ski hard and fast, or if you just want the added peace of mind of a burlier binding, then the Plum Summit 12 is for you.
|Riser Heights||Flat + 2 risers. Flip-able with pole.|
|Crampon Ready||Yes, Plum only|
|Materials||CNC from 7075 Aluminium|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Backcountry skiing, freeride touring.|
|Notes||Similar design to the Dynafit Radical with more aluminum.|
|Bottom Line||Fantastic binding for folks who place a premium on features and durability.|