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Bindings and DIN range???

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I don't understand the whole upper DIN range thing. I am going to purchase some Dynastar skicross 9's (04) tonight and I need to know what bindings to get with them. What is a DIN range and what does it have to do with anything?? (6^, 195, mid-upper intermediate). Thanks!!
post #2 of 6
Very simply, DIN is set according to your weight, boot sole length and ability. Given those variables, you probably fall between a 4 and 8 on the DIN scale depending on those variables. You can ski on a binding with a maximum DIN of 10 or 12. Some heavier skiers, or with small boot soles and special need might use bindings with maximum DINs of 14 or 18, and some top racing bindings go even higher.

When you present your skis for mounting at the shop, you will fill out a form that asks you to provide your height, weight, skier type, and you will provide your boots. The tech will set your DIN setting on the equipment you buy, and will verify the equipment is current, and appropriate.

To set DIN follow these instructions and consult the attached chart. There are special notations below for backcountry bindings that do not apply to you, the settings are otherwise the same. This information from www.wildsnow.com.

Instructions: Choose your "Skier Code" using weight and height, then follow line to right and choose DIN that corresponds to your boot sole length. IMPORTANT: Pick your skier type below, then use following correction factor: Type1, use value you figured in table, without correction. Type 2, choose value one line below (one step higher number). Type 3, use value two lines below (two steps higher). Age correction: If over 50 years old reduce setting one step. And finally: if you choose to set your bindings yourself for backcountry skiing or resort skiing, subtract at least 1/2 din number from settings you figured from this chart, then ski bindings at resort to test. If you come out of toe or heel, slightly increase release setting of toe or heel (not both). Continue to fine-tune using this method. To be safe, have your binding settings checked by a qualified technician.

Skier types: Type 1: Careful skier preferring moderate terrain, or a beginner skier. Type 2: Skiers preferring average speeds and somewhat difficult runs. Type 3: Few skiers in this category; racers, extreme skiers, prepared to take risks, ski at high speeds. Most backcountry skiers are Type 2.
post #3 of 6
Excellent summary, CR!

post #4 of 6

I'm just curious, you mention how you feel few people fit into the Type 3 classification. I'm basically a strong level 7 (aiming to move into 8 this season with more lessons pretty much), but found that I was prereleasing from my RX8s with my Type 2 setting and had to crank it up to what would be a typical Type 3 setting for my height an weight (8.5, 195 pounds, 5' 10").

I assume this is probably due to really enjoying fast black/double black groomers? I just found it interesting how you described Type 3 as racers, extreme skiers, etc...

post #5 of 6
What about World Cup racers? Do they fit to Type 5 or Type 6?
post #6 of 6
That part (skier type) was not my words. Everything beyond "instructions" highlighted in red was from Wildsnow. Sorry if that was not clear (i have edited). Why? there are a lot of people out there who are III+ skiers (racers, extreme terrain). I have set my bindings based on Type III as long as I can remember. Your approach to start conservatively and move up the scale based on experience (pre-releases) is absolutely the right way to go.

As your technique progresses, you should experience less releasing. A well centered skier really does not put much lateral torque on his skis or bindings, rather the edge initiates and carries a turn. Watch true experts, and it sometimes looks effortless. Releases caused by high speed on very rough hard terrain (like racing), or twisting moves (like in a park or aggressive moguls) are another matter and warrant higher settings. High settings put you at greater risk when speed is too low to cause fast releases when needed. Think of impact causing release rather than twist. An experienced skier will try not to fall in a way that the skis catch. I will anticipate a fall, take it on the sholder and roll skis downhill and recover, rather than letting an error leverage my skis into a forced fall and release. Most ski releases for me come from the heel from hitting unseen terrain obsticals.
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