ISPO 2017 – Plum Ski Touring Bindings Driveby


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | March 7, 2017      

Stopped by for a quick conversation with Plum. I asked about distribution in North America, word is they’re not eager to rush, just opening a few shops. They’re concerned about their service quality being as good as Europe, that being dependent on how importing and distribution are done. I’m hearing that tune quite a bit these days, as ski touring consumers are not a niche category as they used to be, formerly willing to fool around with unreliable gear and iffy warranty support. In any case these are nice bindings — I’d like to see the full line widely available in the U.S. and Canada.

Contrary to rumor, you don’t have to ski exclusively at Chamonix or speak French to ski on Plum, though you might study up on what the word “Plum” means in “la lengue de Voltaire.” Any French translators out there to help us?

The ski touring part of Plum wall.

The ski touring part of Plum wall. Center binding is the relativly new WEPA, hybridizing the Guide (to right) and race versions. Note the removable crampon mount and lack of high lift at heel. This responds to a trend in ski touring involving the use of lightweight simplified equipment. Or, perhaps not a trend, and the way it’s always been?

Their brake is still my favorite thing about Plum, am still wishing they'd make a version that could be retrofit to other bindings.

Their brake is still my favorite thing about Plum, am still wishing they’d make a version that could be retrofit to other bindings.

Nice demo plate.

Nice demo plate. Enables any Plum binding as a rental.

It's interesting how splitboard is a growth segment of skiing, while overall snowboarding is the incredible shrinking giant.

It’s interesting how splitboard is a growth segment of skiing, while overall snowboarding is the incredible shrinking giant. Plum of course makes their hot looking FEYAN Carbon splitboard binding. I don’t know anything about splitboard bindings, so, is this indeed hot?

In other Plum news, Yak will now clamp you at release values from 7 to 14. Overall, their line looks very complete and nicely differentiated. In other words, they have just the right number of bindings. Check their website, French only but responds to Google Translate to one degree or another.

Our previous Plum coverage.

Comments

13 Responses to “ISPO 2017 – Plum Ski Touring Bindings Driveby”

  1. Joseph March 7th, 2017 9:15 am

    I reviewed the Plum bindings and Splitboard last season, and still have a demo set right now. If you’re interested I can translate and update the review with next years designs for Wildsnow.
    (I don’t work for Plum, and am not a sponsored rider)

  2. Vincent March 7th, 2017 11:21 am

    “Plume” means feather. They use the name “PLUM” since they have made their firsts ultralight bindings.
    I use it in many other places than Chamonix, even in foreign countries, it’s still working well !

  3. Andy Carey March 7th, 2017 11:51 am

    Love my Plum guides and yaks; much prefer them over my Dynafit Radicals 🙂

  4. Shane March 7th, 2017 12:09 pm

    Joseph,

    I’d be interested to read your review of the splitboard bindings. This is the first that I’ve heard of them. That said, I’m happy with the performance and simplicity of my Spark R&D bindings – that photo of the Plums makes has hints of the old Burton mechanical (heavy, ice-prone) system Burton used to offer.

  5. Arnaud March 7th, 2017 1:39 pm

    I’m aligned with Vincent on the meaning of plum.
    Plum (plume) in french is litteraly a plum, but has another meaning when talking about “poids plume” which means lightweight, or weight of a feather.

    I have some friends skiing on the yacks who really like them!

  6. Jasper March 7th, 2017 10:34 pm

    I love my PLUM bindings. I have very little interest in other companies offerings after several seasons on these simple tools. I order them direct from France. There is friendly and prompt support in English if you email PLUM through their website. Shipping takes about a week. Shipping cost is comparable to sending packages within the United States, so long as you aren’t using big box store rates. If you still don’t want to order from over seas Cripple Creek Backcountry and skimo.co offer a nice selection.

  7. playinginthemountains March 8th, 2017 11:52 pm

    I recently grabbed a pair of the Race 170 bindings for some 85-underfoot skis, while I don’t have a lot of time on them yet, I was very impressed with the quality of construction and functionality. All CNC-machined Alu, very solid feeling for such a light binding.

    That said, this week I borrowed a set of skis in France that had Plum Guide bindings with the demo plates, along with a pair of Scarpa F1 boots and had a ridiculous time getting my toes in. No problem stepping in with the 170s and my own Atomic BLC boots for some reason; but the Guide/F1 combo drove me nuts.

  8. Rudi March 9th, 2017 9:13 am

    I also have been using the plum race 150 binding this season for general backcountry skiing. It was tough for me to go without lifters at first but now I don’t even notice. I think for the massive weight savings and simplicity it’s probably worth going without lifters and adjustable release if you’re of average build. One thing to note the heel body is not aluminum it is plastic that happens to be machined so it appears to be aluminum at first glance.

  9. XXX_er March 9th, 2017 11:49 am

    “One thing to note the heel body is not aluminum it is plastic that happens to be machined so it appears to be aluminum at first glance.”

    yeah ^^ a common misconception, a retailer was trying to use the all aluminium thing as a selling point so l pointed out no they are plastic, but they sure do look like CNC’ed aluminium

  10. harpo March 14th, 2017 9:32 am

    Lou, could you tell me what changes they have made to the Guides in the last several years?

  11. Jailhouse Hopkins March 15th, 2017 3:50 pm

    They could easily make that brake work with older models.
    First step would be for them to admit they blew it, and then admit that they blew it again with forward facing brakes.
    Strike two, scare bleue!

  12. Jailhouse Hopkins March 15th, 2017 4:05 pm

    Me again. Now I’m pissed off. I just looked at my Plum’s. It would appear that all that is required to retrofit older Plum’s would be just the plate and brake itself. Hole spacing should be the same.

  13. harpo March 19th, 2017 9:41 am

    Not interested in brakes here. I am interested in any changes that improved durability. Only changes I know of in the last couple of years with the Guide is the crampon mount.

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