Updated for 2018-19
The Plum Race 170 is the longest running binding of the Plum Race family and is an ideal binding for lightweight ski mountaineering and even ski mountaineering racing. It has all of the advantages of the Race 150, but also offers 20mm of adjustment for different sized boot soles. When set to your boot the Race 170 can be turned 90° for a flat position when in walk mode or left facing forward with flap closed for an inclined climbing position. An additional climber can also be attached for a higher incline for steeper slopes. A stainless steel crampon can be attached to the toe piece to better serve all ski mountaineering applications. The Toe has been updated on the Race 170 to make switching between the locked and releasable position easier to navigate and more secure so that you have the peace of mind of knowing the binding will stay as you set it. The Plum Race 170, A lightweight ski touring binding with adjustability for whatever boots the day calls for and reliability for whatever the conditions may be.
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year
|Material||Forged 7075 Aluminium, Stainless Steel, High-Strength Synthetic Material|
|Brake Width||Not Compatible|
I've grown to trust the PLUM 170 like no other binding. Simple in function. Made like a tank. Lightweight. I've skied it all over the world and never had a failure or issue.
The bindings were good for the reason that I purchased them. They are extremely lightweight and efficient, and are quick and easy to transition from climb to ski. They also have a good feel for how they ski relative to the style of bindings, so for most of what I do (climb up then ski) they are perfect).
However, what I do find is that the rotation between flat and rise (and eventually I figured out I will likely need the 180 deg rotation for the high rise) are extremely difficult to maneuver. I was basically using all my might and popping blood vessels to get it to rotate. Definitely not possible to do with skis on which makes flat to climb and flat to ski transitions very time consuming. It is very possible that this is user error and I need to adjust something but overall I found this quite a nuisance (especially as all of my past bindings modes change with just the flick of a pole).