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Pros Solid, reliable ski bindings, excellent toe piece entry and easy heel lifter transitionsTwo heel levels, adjustable length and release, optional brakesLight, reliable, proven, optional brakeDIN Certification, familiar brand and design, enhanced downhill performanceSuper light, adjustable for length, proven design, widely available
Cons No ski brake option, heavier than bindings with the same or more featuresNo certified release, no high-heel lift, moderate weightLimited release adjustment, no length adjustment, small heel lift rangeHeavy, collect ice, unnecessarily complicated for mostNo brakes, limited release adjustment, no heel lifters
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 bothPlum’s proven construction is available here in a mid-weight, all-around ski touring configurationLow mass tech ski bindings for all around and fast-and-light useInnovation built on a long-standing platformIf your backcountry binding criteria list extends no further than “do they hold the ski to my boot?”, the Helio is for you
Rating Categories G3 Ion LT 12 Plum Pika TLT Superlite 2.0 10 ST Rotation 12 Helio 180
Touring Performance (30%)
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Specs G3 Ion LT 12 Plum Pika TLT Superlite 2.0 10 ST Rotation 12 Helio 180
Weight (pounds for pair) 2.13 lbs 1.36 lbs 0.89 lbs 2.71 lbs 0.8 lbs
Weight of one binding, grams 308g
Release value range 5 to 12 4 to 10 5 to 10 5 to 12 6, 8, 10
Stack height. (mm. average of toe and heel pin height) 46 36 32 46 33
Toe/Heel Delta. (mm difference in height between heel pins and toe pins) 12.5 9 6 15 7.5
Brake options No brakes 85, 95, 105 mm 75, 90, 105 105, 120, 135 mm No Brakes
ISO/DIN Certified? No No No Yes No
Ski Crampon compatible? 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. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style. Yes. "Standard" Dynafit/ B&D style.
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