How to Adjust Ski Bindings

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Skiing is a fun, refreshing sport, but it isn't without risks. That's why all skis come with a binding system that allows the skier to quickly attach or remove his skis, or will detach the ski in case of an accident. But bindings need adjustment like all equipment. An improperly set binding can put you at serious risk while riding the slopes. Fortunately, all it takes to make sure you're safe on the powder is a little time with your skis.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Calculate your DIN setting, using either the charts available from the manufacturer or an online calculator. DIN is a standard for setting the release of the skis from the bindings. Use the manufacturer's website to obtain the most up to date charts. Enter your height, weight, age, type of skis, and the length of your ski boot sole into the calculator, and it will provide you with your DIN. Generally, the more experienced and older the skier, the higher the DIN number.

  • Reset the toe and heel of your bindings according to the DIN setting you've calculated. There will be a meter in both locations near a screw that will tell you the DIN setting. Use the screwdriver to adjust the binding as necessary. Do not tighten the screw excessively or replace the screw. This might damage your ski and will force you to repeat the adjustment process.

  • Test your bindings. Put on your ski boots and lock them into place, and then see how easy or difficult it is to remove your boot from the ski. If the binding is too loose or too tight, go back to the DIN chart and make sure you performed your calculations correctly, then adjust.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that you are happy with the bindings. A minor adjustment is OK for comfort.
  • Do not test your newly set bindings out by skiing. Only test them on level ground.

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