Why we chose the Plum Oazo 8: Lightweight, simple, durable
Weight per binding: 200g
Release Value: 4 – 10
Riser Heights: 0, 42, 54 mm
Heel Adjustment: 20 mm
An all-new binding for the 20/21 winter season, the Plum Oazo 8 sits in the middle of their ultra-light breed of ski touring bindings, between the R170 and Pika. It’s another binding that looks to find the middle ground between a race binding and traditional tech bindings. And the results? That’s a binding that barely tips the scales at 200 grams per binding.
Plum Oazo 8 Build
As with all Plum ski touring bindings, the Oazo 8 is milled out of a single piece of 7075 aluminium. This construction technique has long been tested, and sometimes broken, in the high alpine surrounding the Plum factory in Cluses. And, after all these years of R&D, it seems like Plum has cracked the construction code with this technique, creating some of the most dependable bindings on the market.
“The Oazo 8 is milled out of a single piece of 7075 aluminium”
As you can see with the Oazo, this binding has been given the old nip/tuck treatment from the gang in Cluses. Wherever possible, weight has been shaved off the binding without affecting the performance.
This slimming isn’t really at the expense of features, either. The Oazo has all the features we’ve come to expect from modern tech bindings. First up is the ‘Too Facile’ easy step in system which, thanks to well-positioned toe wings and snappy toe springs, makes for an extremely stress-free step in force at the toe end of the binding.