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Pros Light, simpleLight, reliable, proven, optional brakeSuper light, adjustable for length, proven design, widely availableLight, innovative downhill performanceUnique toe piece, lightweight
Cons Limited release functionality, no brakes, only one heel elevationLimited release adjustment, no length adjustment, small heel lift rangeNo brakes, limited release adjustment, no heel liftersunsophisticated heel lifters, untested aftermarket brakeNo brake option, narrow heel elevation range
Bottom Line For moderate backcountry skiing, these bindings could be just the ultralight ticket you needLow mass tech ski bindings for all around and fast-and-light useIf your backcountry binding criteria list extends no further than “do they hold the ski to my boot?”, the Helio is for youFor any sort of human-powered wild skiing, this is a reliable choiceA unique design and engineering that certainly doesn’t detract from its performance
Rating Categories Plum R170 TLT Superlite 2.0 10 Helio 180 Marker Alpinist 12 Ski Trab Titan Vario
Touring Performance (30%)
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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 Plum R170 TLT Superlite 2.0 10 Helio 180 Marker Alpinist 12 Ski Trab Titan Vario
Weight (pounds for pair) .88 lbs 0.89 lbs 0.8 lbs 1.18 lbs 1.23 lbs
Weight of one binding, grams 199g
Release value range 8 Fixed 5 to 10 6, 8, 10 6 to 12 9 to 11
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 34 32 33 36 40
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 4 6 7.5 3 9
Brake options No brakes 75, 90, 105 No Brakes 90, 105,115 mm No Brakes
ISO/DIN Certified? No No No No No
Ski Crampon compatible? 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. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/B&D style.
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