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New bindings - retest after adjusting forward pressure?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Greetings,

 

I bought new skis with mounted bindings (Solomon Z10) and had a local boutique ski store adjust and test the bindings.  After I brought them home, I noticed that the forward pressure indicator is outside the marked stripes on the mounting plate.  I'm taking the skis back to the store so they can fix this, but now I want to check with the experts here whether the bindings need to be re-tested on the torque machine.

 

BTW, these are demo bindings and can be easily moved to fit a larger / smaller boot.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 7

If you gave one of your boots to the ski shop, then they would have adjusted the bindings to fit your BLS (boot sole length) and when the boot is put into the binding, at that point the forward pressure indicator should line up with the hash marks.

 

Get the shop to show you how to re-position the heel and toe to accommodate different BSL so you can do it yourself if you get different boots, lend the skis to a friend, or sell the skis.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the answer.  I did give the store a boot to use in adjusting a binding, but I guess they forgot to adjust the forward pressure.  I'd still like to know if it is necessary / recommended to test the release on the machine after they re-adjust the bindings to align the indicator with the marks.

post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by alera View Post

Thanks for the answer.  I did give the store a boot to use in adjusting a binding, but I guess they forgot to adjust the forward pressure.  I'd still like to know if it is necessary / recommended to test the release on the machine after they re-adjust the bindings to align the indicator with the marks.

No.

At the demo shop where i work some of the skis are left over from the previous year and they would have the bindings torque tested to start the year but then the binding position and pressure release are changed every time a ski is rented out.

 

All the torque test does is confirm that the binding has proper DIN release calibration. So if the binding is set at 7, it is actually a 7 and not a 5 or 10 or whatever.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the answer.

post #6 of 7

The torque test has to fall into a specific range for that DIN setting.  Since the shop didn't adjust the forward pressure correctly, their torque test is invalid.  If the shop resets the bindings correctly for you, an customer who now owns the demo bindings, they have to torque test it again to see if it passes at the correct range.  This falls under their indemnification procedures so they will be supported if you have an injury while using the binding.

 

 

Bindings in rental shop skis are tested periodically during the season.  I can't remember if they can use a sample size to represent the entire fleet or if they have to test each one during the season.
 

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply, I'll ask the shop to redo the torque test after they adjust the forward pressure.

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