Correctly adjusted bindings play an meaningful role in skiing. It is important to secure your skiing by adjusting ski bindings correctly for your needs. If bindings are loosely adjusted, they can release while you ski, which can lead to a serious crash. If bindings are adjusted too tight, they can stay locked and won’t release even though you crash. Again, this situation can lead to injuries. Therefore it is very important to adjust bindings correctly at least few times a year. If you ski with your child, remember to do this to your child’s bindings as well.
Bindings might have differences, but basically they work like this; Front binding locks your boot from the top and sides. There are two things to be adjusted in the front binding. In some bindings height and width are adjusted by hand, while in some bindings this is done automatically. The release sensitivity is always adjusted by hand. Personnel in a ski service do this by adjusting the screw in front of the binding until the correct DIN number is reached. With rear bindings the pressure towards the front binding is adjusted by adjusting the distance between bindings. If this is done wrong, the front binding does not work. Stiffness of the rear binding is adjusted based on skier’s weight, skills and snow conditions. As soon as the right stiffness level is found, both front and rear bindings are adjusted to the same DIN level.
What do you need to know before adjusting ski bindings?
DIN stands for Deitsches Institut fur Normung, or German institute for standardization and was started as a method of measuring industrial standards in Germany. The modern DIN ratings for ski bindings assess weight, height, length of boot, ability and age and provide a very good standard for ski binding adjustment.
There are few things you need to know before you go to a ski service to get your bindings adjusted. You need to know your
- Body height.
- Body weight. Be honest, also in the store or ski service. Knowing the right weight is a must in order to get bindings adjusted.
- Your skiing ability (type of skier). Be honest again as you describe your skiing skills and experience, because all these have an impact when adjusting bindings.
- Your age.
- The boot sole length of your ski boots (just take the boot with you to the store).
Equipment you need in order to adjust ski bindings
Make sure you have these equipment before you start adjusting ski bindings.
- Your skis with bindings and your ski boots (obvious)
- DIN chart (you can get the right DIN chart from your ski binding manufacturer, ski shop or the Internet (here’s an example for Salomon bindings). If you can’t find, contact the local representative of your ski bindings (importing company or manufacturer).
- Tape measure
- Paper and pencil to make notes
How to adjust ski bindings? – General procedure
So finally we dive deep into the topic of adjusting ski bindings. Just follow the steps, but remember that you are adjusting your ski bindings on your own responsibility. If you crash due to loose bindings, you can only blame yourself. We give you general instructions for adjusting ski bindings, but because there are so many different ski bindings in the market, our instructions may not work well with each and every binding. Anyhow, the result of adjusting ski bindings depends on the person doing the actual work, no matter how good instructions he/she is given. If you feel unsure, please walk to a ski service or ski store and let a certified ski tech adjust your ski bindings.
In general this is the procedure of adjusting ski bindings.
- Calculate your personal data with the DIN chart. This is an easy step as long as you have the correct DIN chart. Use your pencil and paper to document calculation steps and end result, which is the DIN number.
- Double check your calculations and see if they sound reasonable. In general the DIN number should be small if you were a light beginner skier. Also if you were heavier and experienced skier the number should be high.
- Adjust both toes and heels of the bindings to the visual indicator setting derived from the DIN chart.The large screws in the front and back of the toe and heal, respectively, are used for adjustment and the dial is easy to read and will change with the setting. Please notice that this may differ between manufacturers.
- Test release settings. As soon as your bindings are adjusted, it is time to test the system. If you see something wrong, such as front binding opening, the whole adjusting procedure should be repeated. Test your bindings always when you enter the slopes. A rule of thumb is that you should be able to open your front bindings just by twisting your foot to left or right. Notice that if you ski race tracks (gates), you need to adjust your bindings tighter so that they stand higher pressure.
These were the general instructions for adjusting ski bindings. Please remember that many things can go wrong when adjusting ski bindings, and that’s why ski shops and services have their certified ski technicians. If you are not familiar with ski binding technology and binding adjustment procedure, we really recommend you to let a certified ski tech to adjust your ski bindings.
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