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need binding advice on STH 12 driver

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I just got a set of Salomon Shoguns and I'm looking for a binding. Looking to get Salomon STH 12 drivers to extend the warranty of the ski to two years. While I've been skiing for awhile I just don't know much about bindings.

 

I'm not an expert skier but I'm way better than intermediate. I like to ski off-piste and generally ski fairly aggressively, but no cliff hucking or back country jumps. I rarely go in the park but occasionally I'll do some jumps in the small parks. Right now I ski on K2 Public enemies with rossi axial bindings. I know the toe is set to 8 din, and I never pre-release. Even in small crashes my skis often stay on. I'm 5'11" and weigh 200lbs.

 

A lot of reviews I read say get the STH 14 or 16 at my weight, but I don't think I really need a DIN that high. 12 should be plenty

 

Just want to make sure there is no reason NOT to get the STH 12 driver.

 

Any input is greatly appreciated.

post #2 of 4

If your DIN is in the approximate middle of the binding's range, you are fine.  Your setting of 8 using a binding with a max of 12 is acceptable (I'd recommend the DIN 14 binding if you were any higher).  The STH 12 with the Driver toe is an excellent binding and well-reviewed and commented on pretty much everywhere.

 

Note: have your bindings torque tested after you mount them to verify your recommended release setting.  My recommended release is at 7 (torque of between 65 and 70).  One of my bindings needed to be set at 6 to release at this torque; another needed to be set at 7-1/2.

 

Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by mike_m View Post

If your DIN is in the approximate middle of the binding's range, you are fine.  Your setting of 8 using a binding with a max of 12 is acceptable (I'd recommend the DIN 14 binding if you were any higher).  The STH 12 with the Driver toe is an excellent binding and well-reviewed and commented on pretty much everywhere.

 

Note: have your bindings torque tested after you mount them to verify your recommended release setting.  My recommended release is at 7 (torque of between 65 and 70).  One of my bindings needed to be set at 6 to release at this torque; another needed to be set at 7-1/2.

 

Enjoy!


I'm guilty of thinking along these lines myself, but at the same time I've happily skied DIN10 Look Pivots set to 9, and Head/Tyrolia DIN 20 race bindings set to 10 (they don't go any lower). There's no inherent reason why the extremes of the spring - within the calibrated design window - should be less reliable than something around a half to two thirds of the range where people like to be. The key questions are ones of construction, weight, safety features and materials - not the DIN window. And the STH12 Driver is a well made, well proven design.

 

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Thanks for the advice guys!

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