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Now i have my own ski,s 170 atomic sx 9 ,i need a little information on setting up bindings i dont know which setting is best for my weight,and i dont know how to alter the bindings them selves,i dont expect a quick answer as i am sure there is a lot to it but a good website that some one knows would go a long way preferably a site with illustrations ,i tried to see if pavelski had some thing but alot of his tuition goes on behind the scenes in the form of homework ect,also how do you work out the lengh of pole that you need is it to the hight of your hip? cheers tom

Great choice of skis! You will really enjoy them.

I need to know what bindings you bought!

While you get me name and model, I will give you the Bindings 101 Course.

Three forces are needed to adjust on bindings.

1.Release ( or your parachute) This is the DIN level. They are the figures you see in front and rear units. This setting is based on your weight , ability level and boot size ( sole)! A standard chart has been used for all bindings all over the world!

2. Rear pressure setting

If you have Atomic NEOX units it is the lower screw at the rear unit! This tension is very important for correct vibration damping and release of units.

3. Front vertical pressure. That is how much pressure you have on plate under sole of ski boot.

If you have the NEOX units there is not setting since they adjust automatically!

I have to warn you, that you must set units correctly! Your legs depend on it!

Based on your syntax and lack of capitals, I suspect you are in the teens" No problem with that, just make sure your parents understand that this is a safety issue!

Give me your ability level, weight, and boot sole length and I will tell you what is the recommended setting for you!
Please check this setting at least once every month!

Hope this helps you!

Sorry to say it but if you try to adjust the bindings yourself and get it wrong it is your health you risk. Even if you get the correct DIN setting, all the other clearances need to be correct for the binding to release the way it is designed to and stop your leg or knee breaking.

Either the shop you bought them from should set them up with your boots, or take them to a ski shop the next time you go out to the slopes.

Pole length estimate is to turn a pole upside down, rest it on the floor vertically and grip under the basket. Your forearm should be horizontal if the pole is the correct size.

Enjoy the new skis,

I would go proffessional with the bindings one..

On the pole front it depends alot on what you prefer, or even what feels right, if you buy a pole too big, it can easily be cut down!

hi pavelski thankyou for the lesson,i do apologise for the poor grammar but i have been writting in that way since i left school 30 years ago ,however i can build a complete house on my own now from scratch ,so i will survive,yes and my bindings are atomic sx 310, my boots 34 cm ,or 13.5 inches, my weight is 115kg ,or 254 lbs but will be down to 210 lbs after i have been training, in reply to marks comments i do realise the importance of getting the correct settings on the bindings, however last season i ripped my achilles tendon and calf muscle in a fall which may have been caused by the wrong settings in the ski hire shop,i fell forward and the bindings just stayed on and my body kept going forward the ski dug in and everthing stretched untill bang ,off work for 5 weeks, so i really want to learn everthing i can in the correct way so i can prevent that from happening again, although i am a late starter to the ski world at 45 i have never loved any sport as much ,more mistakes mr pavelski oops ,
sorry forgot to put my abiliy ,i have skied about 60 hrs and can parrellel ski confidently down blues and some reds,thanyou for your help
The meathod I use for binding relase setting is based on experience. You start off with low DIN settings and then adjust upwards when you get a prerelease. A prerelease is when a ski pops off in normal usage, (not a fall or twist etc) from hitting a rut or landing a jump.

I like this meathod because I don't ski in situations where a prerelease might be dangerous. It allows me to have settings which are below where the setting chart might put me, but at the same time meeting my needs and risk preference.

Many people feel that the risk of injury through losing a ski prematurely is too high with this meathod (and some that it is not manly to have low DIN settings).

It is possible to do a crude test by trying to twist your boot out of the binding in various ways, but also possible to injure yourself in the process.

If you do decide to set bindings up yourself, you should do a lot on research and understand the risk.

because I'm so inclined .....
Ive had a quick look about for you

try that one-seems to be really good! under calculated for me a bit but can't be as bad as an overcalculation right?


Topic last updated on 12-January-2009 at 11:17

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