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A binding question

post #1 of 7
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Hello:

I have just purchased a new pair of K2 Axis skis and have a set of new bindings to mount to them. I bought these bindings about 18 months ago at the end of the 2001/2002 season for a great price, they are the Tyrolia "Free Flex Plus 10". The problem I'm having, if a problem at all is, they are referred to as an expert binding on the Tyrolia web site and I don't classify myself as such. The DIN setting for these bindings begins at 6 to a max of 17.

I am an intermediate skier, 5'11", 180LBS, 44 years old and the boot sole is 324mm. Some store clerks I've talked to say I should be looking at having my DIN setting in the middle of the range rather than at the beginning for a more safer setting.

I'd like to know your thoughts if the binding I've mentioned above is right for me or whether I should sell it and buy something more suited to me.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
post #2 of 7
To start, im 5'9 (I think) am 160 pounds, 17 years old, and have a boot sole length of 316. I race and consider myself to be an agreesive/advanced skier, though not an expert. My reccomended DIN is 7, which I have never had any problems with. According to a DIN chart I just looked at online, your DIN should be 6, which is what I would have guessed it would be.

So frankly, yes, those are the wrong bindings for you. You will never have to crank them up to 17 unless you become an Elite World Cup racer or are jumping off 70+ foot cliffs. My advice would be to sell those binders, and get something more suited to you, with a DIN range of maybe around 4-10. If you decide to keep the ones you have, dont put the DIN up any greater than 7 or you'll be guaranteed to get hurt.

Good luck!

[ December 03, 2003, 01:49 PM: Message edited by: PMZ ]
post #3 of 7
Since these bindings are not in a applicable DIN range for you.. the price was no bargain. I would suggest a 3.5-10 DIN range or a 4-12 at most.
post #4 of 7
Definitely what they said. One option you have is taking them to a shop that you frequent (where someone knows you) and seeing if they will do a trade or a swap for a lower DIN binding. You may still have to pay a little extra based ont he fact that they are an older binding, but you will be better off in the long run. Look at the Salomon S810 PowerAxe Sport; similar offerings from Marker, and Rossi/Look would be excellent choices as well. I have found it to be an excellent plated binding. I doubt that you will ever grow out of a binding that has a DIN to 10, unless you are very set on improving your skill very rapidly.
Later
GREG
post #5 of 7
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Originally posted by Jack Roberts:

I am an intermediate skier, 5'11", 180LBS, 44 years old and the boot sole is 324mm. Some store clerks I've talked to say I should be looking at having my DIN setting in the middle of the range rather than at the beginning for a more safer setting.

The DIN scale was developed by German engineers. The German engineers have agreed that your bindings will work properly when set as low as DIN 6. The "store clerks" think you should buy a different binding to be in the middle of the range. It's a no-brainer. Have them tested and don't worry about it.

Regards, John
post #6 of 7
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Originally posted by John Dowling:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Jack Roberts:

I am an intermediate skier, 5'11", 180LBS, 44 years old and the boot sole is 324mm. Some store clerks I've talked to say I should be looking at having my DIN setting in the middle of the range rather than at the beginning for a more safer setting.

The DIN scale was developed by German engineers. The German engineers have agreed that your bindings will work properly when set as low as DIN 6. The "store clerks" think you should buy a different binding to be in the middle of the range. It's a no-brainer. Have them tested and don't worry about it.

Regards, John
</font>[/quote]Point taken here. Still, I would bring them in to the shop, if you can upgrade/swap to a more applicable binding for less than $50.00, it wouldn't be a bad idea.
post #7 of 7
I looked at the chart and since you are an intermediate skier your DIN should be 7, not 6.
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