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How do bindings age?

post #1 of 5
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Hey gang:

 

I have three pairs of bindings that are getting a little long in the tooth, and I'd like to know: (1) are they too old to be safe; (2) what happens to bindings to make them unsafe; and (3) should I be doing any maintenance to the bindings to keep them fresher?

 

The bindings are, in reverse chronological order:

 

1) 2005-2006 Tyrolia FreeFlex 20, skied on probably 100 days (I suspect these are fine and will be skiing them at least for next season, and maybe longer)*;

2) 2000-2001 Rossi Race 155 FKS heel;

3) 1998-1999 Rossi Race 180 FKS heel.

 

Any danger mounting any of these bindings on my next skis?

 

Thanks! 

 

* Best binding I've ever been on -- I just love the deafening "CLUCK" when you step in.  They feel like bear traps, and I love them!

post #2 of 5

Tough to say what is "really" not safe anymore.  There is an official list of what models shops are supposed to trust as still usable. Personally, I'll ski most things except plastic housed step in heels from the 80s and early to mid 90s.  Something about the plastic housing used makes those susceptible to failure.

 

 

Here's what happens..

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Yikes!  If my Tyrolias broke like that, the worm screw would blow through the wall.  ;)   Also, thanks for the list.  All the bindings I listed were on it.  Re: question 3: should I be doing any binding maintenance to keep them fresh? 

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Originally Posted by AlbuquerqueDan View Post

Yikes!  If my Tyrolias broke like that, the worm screw would blow through the wall.  ;)   Also, thanks for the list.  All the bindings I listed were on it.  Re: question 3: should I be doing any binding maintenance to keep them fresh? 

Take your skis to a reputable shop to have your bindings bench tested. They will be able to determine if the DIN settings on your bindings are properly calibrated.

post #5 of 5
Interesting Vid. one after than was interesting too--a cat eating a gopher.
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