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Pros Surprisingly durable for how light they are, killer price, lighter than mostSuper light, adjustable for length, proven design, widely availableLight, solid, just the right set of featuresLight, simpleTwo heel levels, adjustable length and release, optional brakes
Cons No brake option, heel risers are more of a pain to learnNo brakes, limited release adjustment, no heel liftersNot ideal for truly hard-charging downhill skiersLimited release functionality, no brakes, only one heel elevationNo certified release, no high-heel lift, moderate weight
Bottom Line Through all the turmoil, its lineage remains reliable, simple, and affordableIf your backcountry binding criteria list extends no further than “do they hold the ski to my boot?”, the Helio is for youIf 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 needPlum’s proven construction is available here in a mid-weight, all-around ski touring configuration
Rating Categories Speed Turn 2.0 Helio 180 Atomic Backland Tour Plum R170 Plum Pika
Touring Performance (30%)
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Downhill Performance (25%)
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Specs Speed Turn 2.0 Helio 180 Atomic Backland Tour Plum R170 Plum Pika
Weight (pounds for pair) 1.63 lbs 0.8 lbs 1.26 lbs .88 lbs 1.36 lbs
Weight of one binding, grams 199g 308g
Release value range 4 to 10 6, 8, 10 "Men", "Women", "Expert" 8 Fixed 4 to 10
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 38 33 37 34 36
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 17 7.5 10 4 9
Brake options No Brakes No Brakes 80, 90, 100, 110, 120 No brakes 85, 95, 105 mm
ISO/DIN Certified? No No No No No
Ski Crampon compatible? Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. 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. With aftermarket part. Best with Plum brand. "Standard" Dynafit/B&D style ski crampons can be lightly filed to work.
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