My cousins boyfriend (bear with me!) who was a ski instructor told me that because of my weight and height (100kg, 6'4) I should go with higher DIN bindings (14 min) to prevent equipment failure over time.
My boot sole length is 320mm and I ordered some Marker Jester Schizo (6-16) bindings to go on my 2011 K2 Kung Fujas.
The shop set my DIN at 8.5, which according to this online calculator http://www.dinsetting.com/ is the correct setting for my type of skiing (Type 2/3).
My questions are:
a) Is that definitely the correct setting (I ski all mountain, off piste, blacks moguls etc, just now venturing into the park)
b) Why did I have to get high DIN bindings when it's only set to 8.5 and no where near 14/16? I understand that you only set them that high when you are an extreme skier but I don't get why I need them as I will probably never go near that DIN.
I love the new skis and bindings and I'm not complaining, just curious to learn why :)
Sorry to sound like a complete newbie but this is the first time in 10 years of skiing that I've had my own gear.