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Ski Bindings

What are Ski Bindings?

Ski bindings form the connection between the skis and ski boots. All the movements and pressures you place on your boot are directed to your skis through your ski bindings.

Mondern bindings will release your boot when the pressure reaches a predefined level. This design makes sure that in a heavy fall, your skis do not stay attached to your legs and cause serious injuries to your legs.

Buying Ski Bindings

Good ski bindings will provide a good balance between tightly gripping your ski boots and releasing when the pressure exceeds adjustable settings. The quality of your ski bindings is a very important safety issue and you should take the time and the money to select the right ski bindings for your skiing needs.

To determine what kinds of ski bindings best suits you, there are a few things you should consider.

  1. Height
  2. Boot Length and Type
  3. Weight
  4. Skiing Skill Level
    • Ski bindings must correspond to your skiing skills so you can ski effectively and safely
    • Beginners should use low DIN settings where the skis are released quickly in case of sudden or excess pressure.
    • Intermediates should have higher and more tolerant DIN Settings. However, the Skis should release pretty quickly in sudden movements.
    • Advanced skiiers can use ski bindings with high DIN settings. High DIN settings are much less tolerable to sudden or excess pressure. However, the binding should still release in too sudden or too stressful pressures.

Ski Bindings Features

Ski bindings need to fit properly and comfortably to for a good ski day.

Ski bindings offer several features. Some features to consider when buying ski bindings:

  • Anti-Friction Device is a small smooth pad directly behind the toe-side piec. It minimizes friction if the toe-side piece is released sideways. There shoudl be at least 1 mm of free space between the sole of your boot and the Anti-Friction Device.
  • Ski Brakes are used to stop the ski from gliding down the slop if the ski released from the ski bindings.
  • Lifted Bindings helps make easier carved turns causing the ski boot to be less likely to skid in the snow.
  • Vibration Dampening
  • For-aft adjustment

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