Don't forget to check the binding settings

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Apr-2012
Verbier_ski_bum
They do, but I also use the same shop all the time and sometimes they just ask me which one I use. It's the same number anyway I had a "preference" for the lower DIN for the same reason to "protect the knee". I was giving "cautious" for the type until at some poing last year I was told that I was not and should be more concerned about skiing out of a ski in some situations - which I had a chance to experience this year.
Apr-2012
Mackar
Dave Mac wrote:I'm surprised, VSB, that the shop would ask you for your DIN setting. The process is they enter your height, weight,age,and ability into the computer, and it gives the DN setting. That is the point I ask them, and I accept 7.0 to 7.5.

Like you,I once deliberately set a low DIN setting, thinking a) I never fall, b) I therefore would be protecting my knee. Then I jumped onto a steep off piste, and, errm, walked out of my ski. The skibrakes didn't work in powder, and I followed the track hip-hoppy for half a kilometer, eventually finding about three inches of tail sticking out of the snow.
Doh!
I checked now my own skis and they are set to 9,5. I also bought a pair of skis just like the I rented with the shop set those to 9.5 too after getting my weight och checking how I ride so I'm not surprised that the rentals released when i was skiing.
Apr-2012
Felthorpe
I was told to slacken mine off when not in use i.e. when stored over the summer. Does anyone else do this?
Apr-2012
AllyG
When we were being fitted up with our rented skis in the chalet in Tignes Les Boisses, they set my DIN at 7.0, and I was a bit worried about this because I've never been on such a high setting. I remembered reading that age comes into it as well, and I thought maybe it should be lower because of this. So the guy lowered it a bit for me.

And then, when we were ski-ing that first morning, I was quite happily going along at a reasonable speed, and one of my skis came off

It was a real shock because my boot just slid out of the binding - it didn't unclip - and I was suddenly ski-ing on one leg! Luckily I was on an easy piste so after I'd picked myself up off the snow I managed to retrieve my ski and carry on. And when we went back to the chalet for lunch I told them about it and the poor guy had to put the setting back up again.

I skied the rest of the 2 1/2 days on that setting and everything was fine. I fell over lots of times (mainly in the powder) and the binding undid as it's supposed to, but I didn't slide out of my ski again.

Maybe I should listen to the technician next time and keep my mouth shut
Apr-2012
Trencher
AllyG wrote:When we were being fitted up with our rented skis in the chalet in Tignes Les Boisses, they set my DIN at 7.0, and I was a bit worried about this because I've never been on such a high setting. I remembered reading that age comes into it as well, and I thought maybe it should be lower because of this. So the guy lowered it a bit for me.

And then, when we were ski-ing that first morning, I was quite happily going along at a reasonable speed, and one of my skis came off

It was a real shock because my boot just slid out of the binding - it didn't unclip - and I was suddenly ski-ing on one leg! Luckily I was on an easy piste so after I'd picked myself up off the snow I managed to retrieve my ski and carry on. And when we went back to the chalet for lunch I told them about it and the poor guy had to put the setting back up again.

I skied the rest of the 2 1/2 days on that setting and everything was fine. I fell over lots of times (mainly in the powder) and the binding undid as it's supposed to, but I didn't slide out of my ski again.

Maybe I should listen to the technician next time and keep my mouth shut


For someone of your size and experience Ally, seven is quite a high setting. Skis don't normally come off without a substantial blow from a rut. I would suspect that something else was involved, like the forward pressure was set too low, or there was some snow packed in somewhere.
Apr-2012
Felthorpe
Mine are usually on a 6 or just under and I find they stay on under quite a lot of pressure but (fortunately) did come off when I had a fall which could have caused an injury if they hadn't.
Apr-2012
Dave Mac
mackar wrote: I checked now my own skis and they are set to 9,5. I also bought a pair of skis just like the I rented with the shop set those to 9.5 too after getting my weight och checking how I ride so I'm not surprised that the rentals released when i was skiing.


Mackar, what bindings are on your skis? Many manufacturers put a binding setting chart up on the web. You can fill in the main parameters and get an on reading, as a check.

9.5 is a racers setting. A 6in nail driven through the boot and the ski might provide an easier release!
Apr-2012
Ian Wickham
About 7.5 for me, seems to work out ok for me as I'm slim

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