Originally Posted by seattle_sun
IMHO, if you pre-release, your bindings aren't set correctly.
Sorry, but this is one of the largest and most dangerous myths in skiing. DIN settings are based on the forces you are *likely* to generate based on the kind of skiing you do. This does not mean that a level II skier will not occassionally generate enough force to cause a prerelease (which BTW usually is a result of improper technique), but what it does mean is that in a typical fall at typical level II speeds, there *will* be enough force generated for the binding to release. Cranking your bindings up beyond your skiing style is asking to get hurt.
Prereleases are an occupational hazard of skiing. Everyone experiences them--right on up to world-class racers. Typically they occur because the ski gets overflexed, which is a technique issue, not a binding issue. Bode Miller threw a shoe in the Lake Louise Super G when he got bent out of shape on a hard turn and lost ski contact with the snow. Everyone else made it down with both skis still attached to their feet. The point being, if you avoid putting your ski in a position where the forces generated are more than your binding can handle, you won't pre-release. Yes, you can get badly hurt if you do pre-release, but you can get badly hurt if you don't release. Pick your posion of course, but consider the liklihoods and consequences. If you don't ski fast, a prerelease is likely to do less damage than a no release. A bit tounge is painful, but a torn ACL will end your season.
Unless you are frequently pre-releasing in normal sking situations, you shouldn't mess with a DIN setting that works. Additionally, if you start pre-releasing and your DIN setting has been working, and you haven't changed your skiing style, go get your binding tested. It may be that the spring is starting to weaken so the binding DIN setting no longer corresponds to reality.
Edited by geoffda - Thu, 05 Feb 09 22:51:09 GMT
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