Last year I had a "pre-release" occurence while skiing on Head iSL 165 withTyrolia RD12
Both heels popped open
It turned out that the bindings DIN was too low
I had forgotten to set it back to a normal value (usually nowadays for me means anything from 6 to 8, depending of my talks with the shop tech at maintennace time)
after asking the shop tech to unload (set to zero the DIN scale) the spring for summer storage...
Have been skiing for days on that set up beore the release happened, and only because I pushed the back of my skis sideways too hard
Whe I realized what had happened, I thought someone had palyed a stupid joke on me (after a day of skiing I leave the skis out in the open in the condo garages to let the snow to melt and drip down and dry before evening storage) the evening before. Only days later I remembered.
Of course it's my responsibility, not the shop tech. I told him to do that. I forgot I asked that some month before ski season, I forgot to set the value back to a normal level.
I made a technical mistake while skiing that caused the bindings heel to open (pushed the tails too hard out).
This silly story of mine aside...
"Crank 'em up" days are long gone for me, I have a frank and open discussion with the tech shop every time I have maintenance of a ski (or I try to) then a decision is taken.
But that decision is mine. I fault no one but me if that decision will reveal itself a wrong one (maybe I'm from another era...who knows?)
And on the ski abilities, it doesn't matter if you are a coach or a racer (I am neither), technical mistakes happens to you too. To be one, is not a guarantee that you ski well and flawlessy, all the time.
BTW it is my understanding that all discussions here are to be referred to everyday skiers (like me) not to people who ski gates/races in they best conditions and age.
my two cents
Edited by Nobody - 12/3/14 at 1:07pm