Originally Posted by quant2325
You don't know. A lot depends upon how strong your legs are, how bad of a jolt your bindings take, or whether you twist slowly. Look at Bode Miller, who lost a ski in a race last year and the year before (He almost finished the Lake Louise course on one ski!). Matthias Lanzinger lost his lower leg in a downhill because he was less concerned about injury than Bode. You gotta do what's right for you. I personally ski with a DIN setting less than recommended when spending the day with my wife and kids (more worried about slow twisting falls), and crank 'em down more than recommended when skiing with fast friends or by myself.
The shops, for liability purposes, have to be careful and go by the book. You, however, own a screwdriver and can do what you want.
When Racing comes into the picture, we are talking about another beast altogether. I am really thinking from the perspective of recreational free skiers like myself. Racing has different goals and, in general, racers are willing to take higher risks in what they do. That's how I see it, at least. Like wider skis, I thnk higher DIN has become somewhat of a show of machismo or a label of 'talen't.' Many skiers who flock to fatties, 180+ skis or hgh DIN don't really need it. It's really about perception, peer pressure, or a mental peprcpetion that size matters, even in situations where it really doesn't.
Everyone is certainly free to make their own equipment decisions. But this is not what the OP was originally about. Is DIN the new Macho Meter in skiing? I would say yes, along with super-fat and super-long skis. We all are influenced by the perception of our peers to some degree. Regarding this issue, however, I would ask if it is worth cranking the bindings higher than someone else just to portray an image of gnar?
Volantaddict's admonition that those of us who stick to the charts are boasting of moderation is probably true. I admit it is for me. Then again, I would rather boast of common sense than stupidity. That's not me saying foks who jack the bindings are being stupid --I have no idea how they ski or what they experience to really need such a setting. I am just giving my opinion on the OP. I think, in general, there is a display of machismo(perhaps combined with paranoia) when it comes to free skiers cranking up the DIN settings.