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?
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.