It's time for some pre-season binding angst.
Last year I set up my skis (Rocker 2 108s) with the then-new Salomon Guardian 16 bindings. When I was choosing the bindings, I asked about the DIN settings as I typically ski at 6/6.5 and the Guardians start at 7. The shop tech said he didn't consider it to be a concern based on my regular setting and the kind of skiing I was looking to do, so I went with his recommendation.
Going into this season, with the Guardian 13 now availabile, I'm wondering if it makes sense to switch the bindings. I didn't have any particularly bad falls last year, so the retention settings weren't really put to the test - but I have to admit that they were on my mind. I've already been through one ACL tear and reconstruction, and have no desire to revisit that experience.
I'm curious to hear thoughts on whether skiing at DIN 7 is significantly increasing the risk to my knees. I'm a fairly light female skier - 120lbs, 5'4" - and in recent seasons I've been starting to ski more demanding terrain, including very variable backcountry conditions, and spend more time on small jumps and airs. I'm confident, but not super aggressive.
I'm willing to spend $500 on a binding that's otherwise identical to the one I currently have if there's a good reason to do so; I'm just not sure whether to take the shop tech's word that skiing at 7 vs 6 or 6.5 isn't a big deal. Thoughts?