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Binding adjustment for 5 year old skier

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I purchased my daughters first skis and got the bindings on, no problem. Now I need to adjust the bindings. My question - what is the cheapest and best method of doing this?

 

I can take them to a ski shop and have them adjust them for $20 or $30. Seems like a bit of overkill for a 5 year old. yet I don't want her breaking her leg skiing, etc.​


How would they get adjusted if we rented skis? When my wife rented skis, they simply looked up her DIN value from a chart and adjusted the bindings accordingly. No test to see the skis released when they should. I could have done that just as easily.


Growing up my dad always did a release test: He set the bindings to what he thought they should be and then had us try to release out of the bindings while he stood on the skis. Crude but seemed to work.

 

Anyways, wondering what the best method is today for a little kid.

post #2 of 5
There's more to binding adjustment than DIN. Forward pressure and toe/heel height settings. Let a shop set your daughters.
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It's not difficult but you need to know what to look for. It's not the DIN that's is tricky, it's the forward pressure that's a bit more challenging. You can find DIN tables online, and then all it takes is a screwdriver. The forward pressure adjustment is different for different models. One thing to check is the wear on the boot soles, especially on kids boots.
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How would they get adjusted if we rented skis? When my wife rented skis, they simply looked up her DIN value from a chart and adjusted the bindings accordingly. No test to see the skis released when they should. I could have done that just as easily.

 

Rental and Demo ski fleets get tested before the start of the season and random batches of skis are pulled out of use and tested periodically during the season. They don't test them for each boot, but they know the binding is functioning to spec and they know if a correction to the settings needs to be made (for each ski) to compensate for spring variations. You would be pretty surprised if you knew how much binding spring settings can vary from the scale on the binding. If you like your bindings set at 7 but don't really care as long as they release somewhere between a 5.5 and a 9, go right ahead and adjust them based on the binding scale... you'll probably be fine.

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Originally Posted by Crystal Mtn View Post
 

I purchased my daughters first skis and got the bindings on, no problem. Now I need to adjust the bindings. My question - what is the cheapest and best method of doing this?

 

I can take them to a ski shop and have them adjust them for $20 or $30. Seems like a bit of overkill for a 5 year old. yet I don't want her breaking her leg skiing, etc.​


How would they get adjusted if we rented skis? When my wife rented skis, they simply looked up her DIN value from a chart and adjusted the bindings accordingly. No test to see the skis released when they should. I could have done that just as easily.


Growing up my dad always did a release test: He set the bindings to what he thought they should be and then had us try to release out of the bindings while he stood on the skis. Crude but seemed to work.

 

Anyways, wondering what the best method is today for a little kid.

 

 

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There's more to binding adjustment than DIN. Forward pressure and toe/heel height settings. Let a shop set your daughters.


Slider got it right!  If you are the least bit unsure, which you are, because you are asking..........take them to an expert!   Sure $20.00 is a lot for a simple set up, but the hospital bills and trauma to the child will cost you a lot lot more!

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