Just completed my second season - began hesitantly on blue slopes in Saas-Fee in January and ended by skiing blacks and off-piste in Chamonix as late as last week (the advantages of living in Geneva!). But now I'm wondering whether I still have appropriate skis and I've noticed lots of incomprehensible technical talk about ski bindings on here. Can someone give me a quick and easy lowdown on what all those binding numbers etc mean and what I should be looking for? I thought all that was needed was weight information but apparently it has to do with skill level also? Also now that I'm a better skiing whether I should be thinking about getting a different type of ski? Currently have a pair of dynastar 8 which seem quite lightweight...
Take your skis to a ski shop and ask them to help you with this... You may also want to test some other skis since you are a much more advanced skier now. Check if there are any ski tests near you in the beginning of next season, can really recommend that to go and test a lot of different skis to check what suits you.
May I add the following.
1. You should know "your numbers" that is your release value by heart. Insist that this value be always used!
2. You should once a year have this value checked via "an electronic" or manual test bench. All very very good ski shops have them.
3.AS important that this DIN value is the rear tension setting ( which has no indicated value). That tension must be done by a qualified person. You do not learn on internet how to do this .
Trust me. Just knowing how to do DIN value without this rear tension adjustment will cause you much grief.
Your safety and legs are more important ! Get it done by a qualified technician or someone like Trencher!
1-4 DIN values children women
5-8 90 % of skiers fall in this range
8+ very heavy skiers or expert level racer type skiers
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