Originally Posted by Dony85
After some assistance on here I bought my first set of skis/bindings/boots. I've been renting for 15 years now. I bought new rossi s3s for (what I think) was a great deal with marker griffon bindings. I have two questions. My bindings from the shop were set to 8 dim (190 lbs 5'11 intermediate to advanced) I've read it should be closer setc to 10. Second, what's the best way to keep my skis in good shape and should I wax them? I've read about elasticing brakes, storing one way up etc. Any help appreciated. (Skiing New England few moguls mostly main trails blacks and double)
First, WELCOME TO EPIC !
Congratulations on your new skis. At 190 Intmed to advanced a DIN of 8 sounds about right depending on your age. I am 5'10 191 and us a DIN of 8. Instead of relying on a chart and others for the proper setting do the release check yourself.
Self Release Check. Use your dominant leg. Put your ski on the carpet, put your boot on as if you were going skiing. Get in one ski. Have a partner/friend/wife etc. step down on the tail - holding the tail on the carpet. Bend/flex your knee, lunge forward with force. Heel should release forward and upward with medium resistance. It shouldn't be too easy or too hard to eject. Next have your other person step on the front of the ski and flex your knee and twist sideways out of the toe piece. This will take a little harder twisting/pressure (not a quick movement). If you can't release have your helprd tap gently on the boot with his/her fist and you should come out.
VERY IMPORTANT. Do this check with a flexed leg/knee or you could hurt yourself.
This is a good way to -dry land- release check your bindings. Remember if you move your DIN (release point) do it gently, i.e., only move the DIN 1/2 number at a time and then do the above to check the release tension etc.
Storing with brakes up - NO. Storing. Cool dry place. I store mine vertically but not with the skis stuck together which may have a tendency to take the camber out of them and if you stored them this way i.e., all summer you might take all the camber out of them. Skis should be dried after use or you will end up with rusty edges.
You can learn to care, wax, lube etc. your skis by yourself as referenced already.
Note their is a gap between the ski bases. Welcome to Epic, have a great winter and enjoy your new skis, if you ever get out west let a Bear know and we'd be glad to show you some great skiing, Moosedrool beer and great people.