Finding the perfect pair of skis for your feet is relatively simple, but to ensure that the equipment doesn’t fall off during a run, adjustments are necessary. To ski with maximum safety, the skier will need to adjust ski bindings, which represent the interface between the skier and the skis. The ski bindings play a fundamental role in the protection and comfort of the skier, and to achieve a proper adjustment, several criteria should be considered.
Adjusting from the ski boots
Knowing the length of the shell of your ski boots (from heel to toe) is essential to adjust your bindings. Expressed in millimeters, it is usually found at the heel and will allow you to adjust the binding according to its value. To do this, simply adjust the binding with a screwdriver or a tab to unlock the adjustment system depending on the model, and then slide the binding until its value is within the range of numbers including the size of the skier. For example, for a boot size of 292 mm, the binding should be moved to the 291 / 310 mm range. The same adjustment should be applied to the back of the binding and it is possible to adjust the settings more accurately to the measurements. Be careful not to confuse the length of the sole with the size of the shoe. In case of doubt, it is advisable to ask an expert for assistance.
Setting the DIN
The release value of the bindings or DIN value is the value at which the ski boot should release to prevent injury in the event of a fall, or lock up and take the pressure when jumping and turning at full speed. The precise adjustment of the DIN is made according to the skier’s profile, i.e. physical performance, age, weight and skiing skills. It will be necessary to refer to a double entry table available online, but for example for a skier with a competition level, the DIN is not necessarily set too high to avoid injuries at the beginning of the season. For a quick adjustment, set the stop and heel to the desired value to set the ski bindings correctly.
Check the position of the compression indicator
Once the binding is engaged, the compression adjustment can be initiated. This adjustment allows you to take off your shoes in a timely manner and then allows the binding to follow the bending movement when the ski is bent. The push indicator, which is yellow, usually shows whether the pressure received is adequate. It is recommended to consult the ski binding manual to determine the optimal use of the indicator.