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Need Help Quick- Setting DIN at Lower end of the Range

post #1 of 6
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Hey Guys,

 

Just bought some new gear for the upcoming season. I'm a pretty solid skier (Type 3 I guess). I'm 5 eight 185lbs (I have a very muscular build, I'm a good athlete) and the DIN setting chart reccomends an 8 for me. I ride all mountain and some park.

 

Anyways, I was going to get some Marker Griffon Schizos, like them because of the side mounting and I can change from Park to All mountain skiing position on the same binding. I was looking online and found the 2013s for $270, but then I founds some 2012 Jester Schizos (New) for $250 on clearance. I decided to jump on them because of the extra metal parts (Over the plastic griffons).

 

So my question is is it ok that the DIN Range is 6-16 on the Jesters (Vs. 4-13 on the griffons)? And that I will be using them in the lower part of the range at around 8? I'm thinking it's fine considering the extra durability and I still have room to a) Get better and B) Grow some more.

 

I did search the forums for a while and it seamed like most of the discussion was focused on not running the DIN at the top end of the range. didn't find much on running on the lower end of the range.

 

Thanks in Advance

post #2 of 6

should not be any problem.  

post #3 of 6
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Also- I am a pretty good backcountry/all mountain skier, but I havent done much park. This year I'm looking to get more into park, so I'm thinking on some things I would want to go down to maybe a 7 so I don't hurt myself as I learn?

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Originally Posted by Muggydude View Post

Also- I am a pretty good backcountry/all mountain skier, but I havent done much park. This year I'm looking to get more into park, so I'm thinking on some things I would want to go down to maybe a 7 so I don't hurt myself as I learn?

 

Depends,

pre-release can just be as dangerous, especially if you're going faster and suddenly you are on 1ski.  

I borrowed friend's demo skis and did not take the time to adjust DIN, the ski came off while I was going at speed when I didn't take a turn perfectly and there was some crud.

Since I'm not bode, I couldn't save it. and touching my boot down at speed basically caused it to toepick in the snow and tweaked my knee a bit and was a bit strained for a few weeks.

 

Just go by your own personal test, like it should come off before it injures you.  There's some post/articles about just doing a practical test with your skis, and setting your DIN based on the maximum your muscles/skeleton can twist the ski and setting it just a hair higher than that.

 

That being said, 1din down will probably be fine, especially if 8 was counting-in the DIN bump for aggressive skiing.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

I'd only lower the din for doing bowls/smaller jumps and maybe certain rails. Learning new tricks and stuff like that where I'd hurt myself bad if I landed at odd angles. If I was going back to the mountain for hard skiing I'd increase the DIN before doing so.

post #6 of 6

I am curious about that same thing (my Din ranges between 7-8 based on the boot I'm using), and found a much better deal for an STH14 (6-14) than my other first choice Griffon (4-13).  If you are guaranteed to never want to go lower than 1 point above the minimum DIN, any reason not to get that binding?  It seems to me that there are 2 arguments against buying a binding where you are on the low end of the DIN setting:

1) no room to go down if you decide you want lower dins

2) the din may not be as accurate at the edge of the range (but if the bindings are tested annually, is this a problem?)

 

Am I missing anything here?

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