Originally Posted by GordonFreeman
To have a technician pull them out with their hands like they normally test rental skis? ;)
I know what you're saying but I have 2 pairs of skis so that's $40 for starters.
Sure it's not going to break the bank but I'd at least like to know how to do this myself...a lot of people seem to, no?
No, that is not what you're paying $20 for. You're not talking about rental skis, you're talking about your own skis. When a shop tech hand tests a rental binding, it's because they've just changed the DIN setting, and they're giving it an "eyeball" check to ensure it'll release. What you don't see is that at any reputable mountain, those same skis are regularly tested on a machine that actually measures and quantifies their release force at different DIN settings. That's how they know the binding is working properly. When you have your own skis torque tested, they are putting your skis on that machine, and measuring each release to ensure the binding is popping at the right point. That is not something you can actually quantify with your hands.
Yes, $40 bucks is a pain in the butt. But I'm willing to bet breaking your leg because your binding is improperly adjusted will cost a good bit more.