May 28, 2013
As you can probably tell, I'm a fan and user of Plum bindings and have been for 2 seasons. A few days ago Ian from Apex Mountain Products in Boulder contacted me regarding a suggested swap of the Plum Guide (and by extension I assume the Yak and J'Envoie du Gros as well) heel plate screws. It seems that a bad batch of screws has caused several instances of breakage, and Plum is recommending replacing the screws with a Torx 9 head sold in North America between November 1, 2012 and January 10, 2013. While not all of the T-9 headed ones are bad, it's almost impossible to tell the good ones from the weak ones, so he suggests changing them to be safe. The new screws have the same coarse thread with a Phillips "0" head, so they can easily be identified. Our shop has some of the new screws in stock, with more on the way, so if you've purchased them from evo Seattle or evo.com come on in and have them swapped.
Here's the press release from Apex Mountain Products: "Please remember these screws are only necessary for bindings sold during November 1 to January 10 2013. For customers in North America these bindings where only sold through Apex Mountain Products certified dealers listed on our web site, www.apexmountainproducts.com. We will send those dealers replacement screws for customers that purchased equipment from them. If a consumer purchased a set of PLUM bindings noted above we recommend contacting the dealer where they purchased the product from for free replacement screws. Any other questions in North America regarding PLUM bindings, please use the contact link at Apex Mountain Products."
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