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New skis, same boots, similar bindings. What do I need to do?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 I have a general safety/adjustments question. I just bought a new pair of skis from Head, they come with the same Tyrolia bindings as my previous pair (2013 model vs 2012). My boots are the same, a pair of 2013 Technica boots. The bindings are mounted, but the seller of course did not make any adjustments. These bindings are slid-adjustable, very easy to do, the kind they have at rental shops. I know my sole lengths, that's very easy to do. I also know my DIN numbers, and those are very easy to dial in with a screwdriver. The forward pressure indicator is between the required markers with the boots in, and I did a manual test with side pressure to make sure the boot snaps out. 

 Is there anything else that needs to be done normally? All shops insist there is more to it, and I understand that they cannot tell me what I did is OK for liability reasons. But is there more to it than the liability? I don't see any other adjustments that can be made on these bindings. Am I OK to go ski on them, or am I likely to kill myself?

 Thank you!

post #2 of 6
The only additional thing that should be done, assuming what you did so far IS correct, is a release test. While you did an initial DIN set, a release test making sure that setting is reaction as it should is the last thing. These tend to cost 20-30 at most shops and that's I ll be for your peace of mind.
post #3 of 6
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Thanks. Yes, I'm pretty sure I've done everything else right, and there is a very clear indicator on the rear binding for the forward pressure, "this marker should be between these lines" type of thing, and it is. I did a manual release for the front, but my hands don't come with a torque setting... I might just ask the shop on the mountain to do a release test for me my first time out, for peace of mind indeed.

post #4 of 6

Yep, the release test will show whether the bindings will release when the requisite torque is applied.

 

For me, that's 58 Newton-meters for the toe and 228 Newton-meters for the heel.  In theory, adjusting the forward pressure and setting the DIN to N will cause the binding to release at these torque values.  The release check shows whether this occurs in practice.

 

And we all know the difference between theory and practice, right?  In theory, theory and practice are the same.  In practice, they are not.

post #5 of 6
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I did go for the peace of mind bit and had my local shop do a release check. They were very nice and did it on the spot - am I allowed a shout-out here? It was the Gaithersburg Sun and Ski shop, formerly Ski Chalet. Interestingly, the force readings were EXACTLY as specified, which is nice. I did feel a lot better skiing on them with this confirmation. Definitely worth the $25 and 15 minutes.

post #6 of 6
For others thinking about cheaping out...think of this money as money better sent at the shop then the co-pay at the ER.
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