Originally Posted by beyond
Funny how many of you say you'd rather break something than pre-release, or how you've tightened way up to avoid pre-release. Check with an orthopedist: Those knees you tear up with your high DIN's will be osteoarthritic lumps in 20-30 years that'll hurt everytime you flex. But hey, I guess that's nowhere near as bad as the frustration of pre-releasing and ruining a perfectly good run. Not to mention your friends seeing you covered in snow. Enjoy now, pay later!!
I don't think there's a need to be quite so judgmental. Everyone here is an adult and they have weighed the pros and cons of their DIN settings, then chosen what works for them. DIN settings are "guidelines" and are not set in stone. Some people don't touch their DINs, others do. I think you'll find it's the more experienced skiers who are the ones even thinking about this issue. And their decisions are based on extensive personal experience. Every tech I've ever spoken with says that you start with your recommended setting, then tweak it to suit your skiing style/needs. Some people keep them the same, some up them .5-1.5, others crank them up.
When I use demos, every single time, I've simply been asked, "What do you want the DIN set to?" Heck, I'm FEMALE and they know enough to know, based on the ski I'm demoing, that I have a thought-out answer to that question.
All that said, I've never felt the need to change my DINs. But my husband does and he put a lot of thought into it before doing it (as I said before, by 1.0 or 1.5, and only the heel). We both ski the same terrain but have different needs based on the way we each ski.
No one here is telling others they SHOULD change their DINS too, they are talking about whether they do or not, and their reasons. Very informative discussion, I think.