Originally Posted by Philpug
This is where we start seeing the difference between $199 bindings and $399 bindings, it is the housing. It is not just the spring you are buying, the better housing can absorb more shock so there is less of a chance for prerelease. People skiing higher DIN's feel that staying IN the binding is safer than coming OUT, and there are many cases that that is true.
Question, how many people change their DIN up or down depending on the terrain that they will be skiing? I don't assume that it is done mid run but is there anyone who does this? Also, do you ski all of your skis at the same DIN.
I do it on a ski by ski basis- generally I will be taking some skis out in certain conditions/terrain, and other skis in different conditions/terrain. Older bindings that are a bit more suspect (stuff like 747 Equipes, 957's, etc.) are set at 8 (chart says 9.5 for me) I won't be pushing the skis those bindings are on hard, and because they are older, I would rather risk them coming out easy than not coming out.
My primary powder ski is set to 10. In the past I have gone as high as 11, depending on whether I have prereleased. That hasn't happened with the Dukes on my go-to ski, so I haven't moved them up.
My left knee is a big mess after a traumatic injury 15 years ag0. For a long time, I ran a DIN settings for that leg 1 point lower- the knee was weaker and I would rather come out on that side than risk further injury. The knee is still a mess, but the joint has recovered and is strong than it used to be, so I run even settings now.
So yes, with me skis, I consider DIN setting as pretty dynamic, but if I am moving more than a point higher than the chart indicates, I am asking serious questions as to why, and whether this means I should be looking at changing something else other than increasing the DIN setting. I am much more comfortable setting a DIN lower (probably because in the situations I am using that particular ski I am really a type II or even a type I).