G3 Ion LT 12
G3 Zed 12
Plum Pika
Atomic Backland Tour
Plum R170
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Pros Solid, reliable ski bindings, excellent toe piece entry and easy heel lifter transitionsLight, simple, advanced features for the weightTwo heel levels, adjustable length and release, optional brakesLight, solid, just the right set of featuresLight, simple
Cons No ski brake option, heavier than bindings with the same or more featuresCrampon mount and brakes not included, heavier than closest competitionNo certified release, no high-heel lift, moderate weightNot ideal for truly hard-charging downhill skiersLimited release functionality, no brakes, only one heel elevation
Bottom Line Solid, simple ski bindings that cram some unique attributes into a reasonably priced package; we only wish they were lighter, included brakes, or bothFor the weight and cost, you get great functionality and featuresPlum’s proven construction is available here in a mid-weight, all-around ski touring configurationIf you truly need more performance features than this lightweight binding provides, you fall into a tiny sliver of skiers at the hard-charging end of the spectrumFor moderate backcountry skiing, these bindings could be just the ultralight ticket you need
Rating Categories G3 Ion LT 12 G3 Zed 12 Plum Pika Atomic Backland Tour Plum R170
Touring Performance (30%)  
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7
Downhill Performance (25%)
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Weight (25%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Durability (5%)
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Specs G3 Ion LT 12 G3 Zed 12 Plum Pika Atomic Backland Tour Plum R170
Weight (pounds for pair) 2.13 lbs 1.97 lbs 1.36 lbs 1.26 lbs .88 lbs
Weight of one binding, grams 308g 199g
Release value range 5 to 12 5 to 12 4 to 10 "Men", "Women", "Expert" 8 Fixed
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 46 41 36 37 34
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 12.5 4 9 10 4
Brake options No brakes 85, 100, 115, 130 mm 85, 95, 105 mm 80, 90, 100, 110, 120 No brakes
ISO/DIN Certified? No No No No No
Ski Crampon compatible? With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand. With aftermarket part. Only G3 brand. With aftermarket part. Best with Plum brand. "Standard" Dynafit/B&D style ski crampons can be lightly filed to work. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. With aftermarket part. Best with Plum brand. "Standard" Dynafit/B&D style ski crampons can be lightly filed to work.
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