Ski Binding Buying Guide

Posted on August 22, 2017 at 02:24 AM

The Official Comor Ski Binding Buying Guide

Ski Bindings are an important component of the ski set up. They attach the skier and the skis to ensure a safe, enjoyable descent. This buying guide is intended to inform you of the major factors that weigh into your binding purchase decision. Ski bindings round out the perfect set up, so make sure you do your research.

Touring Bindings vs. Alpine Bindings

Downhill Bindings - For the Resort Skier

The traditional ski bindings on the market today. They are used strictly for downhill skiing. Perfectly suited for those who stay within the confines of the ski resort, using gondolas, chairlifts, and t-bars as their only means of ascent. Traditional Alpine Bindings tend to be more durable because of their simplicity. If you do not plan on doing any ski touring, these should be your bindings of choice.

Touring Bindings - Best of Both Worlds

Alpine touring bindings have ski touring and downhill skiing capabilities. They enable the skier to lift their heel off the ski to walk uphill and then lock the heel down when descending. Their design closely mimics that of a traditional alpine binding and they are compatible with most ski boots on the market. These bindings are great for those who are new to ski touring or those who split their time between the backcountry and the resort.

Tech Bindings - For the Ski Touring Enthusiasts

The new standard among touring enthusiasts. These light weight bindings are highly functional for climbing, transitions, and downhill skiing. Keep in mind that ski boots with pin inserts are necessary when using tech bindings.

Brake Width

Brakes are the arms that extend out from the bindings. When the heel of the ski boot is locked into the binding they pivot upwards, off the snow. When the heel is released they pivot release down to grab the. This is a standard design that is intended to stop the ski from sliding when the skis are released.

Ski Binding brake width is measured in millimeters (mm) just like ski width. Ultimately, it is the width of the ski that determines the width of the brakes necessary. The brake width should be at least equivalent to the width of the ski to ensure compatibility.

DIN Setting

The scale used to rate the release force of a ski binding is called he DIN setting. It is dependent on the skiers weight, height, and ability. Since a proper DIN setting is essential to the safety of the skier, setting the DIN should be left to professional ski techs or those with plenty of experience with ski equipment. Also, the greater the DIN setting, the more durable the materials of the bindings become, hence the difference in price.

However, as a buyer it is important to have a general idea of what DIN you will need. Refer to the chart below as a guideline to identify what maximum DIN setting you will need. Remember to always allow a professional ski tech to determine and definitively set your DIN.

Skier Weight Less than 110 lbs 30-100 lbs 50-150lbs 100-200 lbs 150-210 lbs 170+
Ability Level Beginner - Intermediate Beginner - Intermediate Beginner - Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate - Advanced Advanced - Expert
Brief Description Youth/Children Youth/Children  or light adult beginners Teen and Intermediate Adult Skiers Intermediate to Advanced Adults Heavier intermediates and advanced adults Aggressive advanced and expert adult skiers
DIN .75-4.5 2-7.5 2-10 4-12 6-14 9-16/18

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