I am a relatively new skier and am a bit lost on the concept of bindings. What does the DIN range mean? What do the different sizes mean (83, 93, 100 etc.)?
Thanks so much.
Welcome to EpicSki! Take a look here for the basics about bindings. Where have you been skiing? Were you using rented boots and skis? The number are related to brakes and the fact that skis are different widths.
I got this definition from about.com. It was easier than coming off the cuff. The sizes indicate brake width. You just need to make sure you get a brake width slightly wider than the waist of your ski.
Definition: The DIN (Deutsche Industrie Normen) setting determines how easily the binding will release the ski boot from the ski when a skier falls.
The correct number setting for each skier is determined by inputting the skiers personal information into a formula developed by the binding manufacturer. Information such as age, height, weight and length of boot is factored in with the assessment of the skier’s ability and a number is calculated for the setting.
There is some physics involved with how the DIN is calculated. Force, friction and leverage being the predominant. Do some quick research and it will all come clear.