Here in North America we are usually the last to see the latest in greatest gear on the Ski Mountaineering Race side of the sport; but those days have come to an end. Plum Bindings, is now distributing in Canada! I've been watching this brand for a number of years and am really excited to see them here.
Plum has three binding models for the racing and crazy light crowd. The Race 135, Race 145, and the Race 185. To start, the number which the Race bindings are named is simply the weight which they come in at on the scales, per binding. All of them nearly the same, but with a few key differences, setting them apart. The Race 145 is the signature model for the guys out there. The 145 is designed to have a slightly stiffer rear fork, made out of steel that has a forward release setting of about 8.5, and a lateral release of 7.5, which is suited to people over 70kg, tall racers, or more aggressive skiers. The 135 differs as it has a 10g lighter rear fork made of titanium, but has a forward release setting of about 7, and a lateral release of 7.5. Other than that the two are the same, and users can order both steel and titanium forks to replace whichever model Plum Race they have. (Photo Above Left: 2 Race 145 red & orange, and the Race 185 in the back)
The real beautiful thing about these models are that the toes (77g no screws) have adjustable pin widths, in order to accomodate boots where the boot inserts are off center, wider, narrower, allowing the binding to be specifically dialed in to any boot toe width, custom or stock. You can see in the photo's where the pins screw in, as I have yet to install them. This can be a huge benefit when it comes to ensuring there is no additional load to the toe's springs, and also helps guard against pre-releases due to systems which have not clicked down properly. The toe also has an automically locking toe piece, ensuring for insanely fast transitions, and shaves even more weight using only 4 front screws versus other brand's 5 screw design. (Photo Below: Toe without pins 'left' and pin insert 'right')
You can buy these online at escaperoute.ca or click here.