When strength and weight matter
Flexi Plateau is a unique binding designed to suit any flexible soled footwear, from a polar boot to a running shoe. Using the same plastic plates we use in our Ultima System, we've dispensed with the sidewalls and used a strap system to keep your boots housed securely. It's lightweight, easy to use and robust. And it'll even fit your kid's boots. Everyone's happy!
Strap colours may differ from those pictured here
Flexi Plateau spawned from requests to design a lighter binding suited to a wide range of footwear. Made from the same robust plastic used in our Ultima System bindings, Plateau is simple, strong and secure. Use it to zip down to the local store, as an approach setup for alpine climbing or on a South Pole expedition. With an easily adjustable strap system, it adapts to a multitude of boot shapes and sizes, from kids to adults, and at less than 500 grams per pair, you'll hardly know they're on your feet.
Each base plate is laser-cut from a single sheet of 6mm ultra-high density polyethylene - strength and flex are unaffected by the coldest temperatures on Earth and we back it with our lifetime warranty. The narrow flex stem, a key component of all Flexi's base plates, provides flex that mimics the fore and aft rocker of your boot, facilitating a comfortable, natural and economical ski stride. The broader base provides torsional stiffness that, together with the round heel locators, both eliminates binding side-slip and maximises edging. Hydrophobic plastic and large drainage holes eliminate ice and snow build-up. The slot pattern allows strap configuration for a multitude of boot shapes and sizes and the strings of side holes enable multiple angles of the heel retainer.
Flexi Plateau's strap system is simple, easy to adjust in the field and adaptable to any boot shape or size. Each Plateau uses only a single strap of premium-grade 25mm webbing, woven through a pattern of slots in the base plate. A multitude of configurations can be achieved so that your boot meshes perfectly with the binding. Cold-tolerant acetal buckles provide both the means to tension the straps and act as sidewalls to prevent side slip out of the binding. A convenient grab loop opens the Plateau for entry. Slide into the Plateau, secure the Spectra heel band around the rear of the boot, pull the oversized tensioning strap to cinch around the boot and you're away. To exit, place the tip of your ski pole through the release loop and push with the basket. All parts are replaceable.
The Spectra heel retainer keeps your boot in the binding. Multiple holes allow for different lengths and angles to be achieved, ensuring the heel of your boot sits flush with the rear of the base plate. The retainer passes through floating buckles on the straps, allowing self-equalizing of the heel retainer angle. A pull tab on the rear of the retainer makes for easy positioning on your heel, even with gloves on.
The 6mm base plate provides adequate torsional rigidity under normal skiing conditions. However maximum ski edging without binding sideslip is achieved by coupling a Spectra heel loop that slips over the back of the boot, centering the boot on the binding, and a circular heel plate mounted under the binding that aligns with the rear drainage hole. This unique feature keeps your boot squarely over the ski, maximising ski edging, turning and traction.
Flexi Plateau is secured to the ski using four 304 stainless steel round-head screws. The round heads minimise stress on the rear screws, closest to the flex point. The hole positions match international patterns so you can use some or all of any existing holes in your ski. Screws are long to maximise bite into your ski.
Flexi Plateau is also compatible with the Multi-Shim and Heel Shim, which is the preferred method for eliminating ankle roll. Available as accessories. The Shim and Heel set are available at 40% off when bought together with Plateau.
Weight: 450g / 15oz
Shipping weight: 600g / 22oz
Base Plate: 6mm / 1/4" polyethylene
Heel Plate: 6mm / 1/4" polyethylene
Mounting screws: 15mm 304 stainless steel Philips-head
Straps high-grade: 25mm webbing
Buckles: high-grade nylon
Minimum ski waist width required: 45mm
Made in: Australia
Flexi Plateau can be configured to suit any size and shape boot. Select your configuration when you order and your Plateau's will be delivered to suit your boots. You can also reconfigure the straps yourself to suit different boots. Watch the instructional video above.
Wide: polar boots*, winter boots, snowboarding boots, XXL shoes.
Regular: hiking boots, approach shoes, running shoes, mountaineering boots,
Narrow: slender footwear, XXS and children's footwear
Measure the width at the heel (approx 30mm from the back of your boot) and the width at the ball (approx 200mm from the back of your boot) and match it with one of the configuration diagrams below.
If neither of the widths match your boots, ie. you are wide at the heel, but regular at the ball, specify the heel width and sole width of your boot at the PayPal checkout and we will configure your Plateaus accordingly.
* extra wide soles such as those on Baffin's Polar Series are better suited to Flexi Oversize.