11/22/2013
 
Five Stars for the integrated fore-aft adjustability option among Plum’s three different race bindings. This brief review focuses only on what distinguishes the 165 from the 145, so see my review of that “baseline” model for more details on the common features. The only difference in the 165 from the 145 is the integration of a 20mm adjustment track. The weight savings per foot are accurately portrayed in the model names. In addition to allowing you to accommodate different boot sole lengths in the sa...
11/22/2013
 
Five Stars for the lightest option – by just a little bit – among Plum’s three different race bindings. This brief review focuses only on what distinguishes the 135 from the 145, so see my review of that “baseline” model for more details on the common features. The only difference in the 135 from the 145 is the substitution of a titanium U-shaped spring for the steel version in the 145. The weight savings per foot are accurately portrayed in the model names. The titanium version is stronger than the s...
11/22/2013
 
Overall: Five Stars for the baseline option among Plum’s three different race bindings. You can go a bit lighter with the Ti heel pins on the Plum 135 or opt for the integrated fore-aft adjustability of the Plum 165 (see my reviews of both). But the Plum 145 is the baseline choice, and compares very well with the competition that I have used. Background on product familiarity: I’m into my fourth season now on various Plum race bindings. So far I have 279,000’ vertical on the Plum 135, 178,000’ vertica...
11/19/2013
 
"He is also fairly confident in his ability to stretch the problem area in the back of my heel. (Wish us luck!)" Huge shout out to www.gmolfoot.com for a successful work session this past Friday on my Alien 1.0 boots to stretch the problem area that was causing the heel banging this past spring and summer. Lots of very skilled and *careful* work, but they feel great now. Even better, the shop is right at the base of skinning-friendly Bromley so that I could skin almost literally from the shop door to test...
11/18/2013
 
In summary, yes, they should fit. In more detail, although all Dynafit, Plum, ATK/Sportiva/Hagan, and Trab bindings are supposed to be compatible with all Dynafit, ATK/Sportiva/Hagan, and B&D ski crampons, sometimes a little bit of filing/grinding is necessary. (And the elongated baseplate of the Vertical ST/FT and the final generation Comfort requires a larger cutout.) But the crampon clasp on Dynafit LTR, Speed SL, and Plum 134/145/165/185 is so basic, with some degree of bendability, that it is very t...