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How to adjust your ski bindings

In winter, the skier's safety is directly linked to the correct adjustment of his equipment and in particular the ski bindings. Indeed, it is important to anticipate a release of the bindings in case of a fall of the skier to reduce the risk of injury. In addition, they allow the transmission of power between the skier and his equipment in order to maximize pleasure and performance. A good ski binding adjustment involves two steps, first determining the adjustment position and then adjusting it according to the skier's profile.


1. LENGTH AND THRUST ADJUSTMENT

Ski bindings are a guarantee of safety for the skier, as they have essential and determining adjustments for good skiing. If they are synonymous with performance, ski bindings also certify a safe glide

A ski binding has several distinct parts:

- the stop, front part

- the heel retainer, rear part

Both have indicators to assist in adjustment. The front part will determine the length of the sole as well as the release force, while the rear part indicates compression.

Fixation de ski

It is essential to have several pieces of information available before every ski binding is mounted on a ski:

- the weight of the skier: it determines the DIN setting, i.e. the release power of the binding,

- the length of the sole of the shoe (engraved on the heel),

- the level of the skier,

- practice: it determines the position of the binding on the ski. A basic standard position is proposed by all brands, it is located at the center of gravity of the ski. A middle position is recommended for freestyle and a rear position for freeride to increase the lift of the tip.


To adjust your ski bindings, you must first engage your ski boot in the stop.

Next, use a screwdriver and lift the tab to release the locking system

Slide the heel retainer into contact with the heel of the ski boot, remove the screwdriver and check that the heel retainer is notched

The adjustment is correct when the ski boot snaps perfectly into the ski binding

2. ADJUST THE SETTING ACCORDING TO THE PROFILE

For a good adjustment of the ski bindings, several criteria must be taken into account:

- sex,

- age,

- height and weight,

- the size,

- the skier's level.

A wrong adjustment (too weak or too strong) can cause the skier to lose his shoes too early or not to lose them at all during the fall.

The bindings are designed to "release" the ski boot in horizontal rotation but also in case of a front and back fall. This is why it is essential to adjust the release hardness to maximize the skier's safety. To determine this value, it is necessary to know the skier's age, height and weight. In addition, the skier's level of skiing will also be a determining factor in setting the trigger because it is synonymous with frequent or infrequent falls.

Man

Sole length (mm)

Skier's weight
(kg)

Skier's height
(m)

< 251

251 à 270

271 à 290

291 à 310

311 à 330

> 330

10/17

3/4

18/21

1 1/4

1

3/4

22/25

1 1/2

1 1/4

1 1/4

1

26/30

2

1 3/4

1 1/2

1 1/4

1 1/4

31/35

2 1/2

2 1/4

2

1 3/4

1 1/2

1 1/2

36/41

3

2 3/4

2 1/2

2 1/4

2

1 3/4

42/48

< 1,48

3 1/2

3 1/4

2 3/4

2 1/2

2 1/4

49/57

1,49 à 1,57

4 1/4

4

3 3/4

3 1/2

3

58/66

1,58 à 1,66

5 1/2

5

4 1/2

4

3 1/2

67/78

1,67 à 1,78

6 1/2

6

5 1/2

5

4 1/2

79/94

1,79 à 1,94

7 1/2

7

6 1/2

6

5 1/2

> 94

> 1,95

8 1/2

8

7

6 1/2

10

9 1/2

  1. 8 1/2
  1. 8
  1. 11 1/2
  1. 11
  1. 10
  1. 9 1/2




Woman

Sole length (mm)

Skier's weight

(kg)

Skier's height

(m)

< 251

251 à 270

271 à 290

291 à 310

311 à 330

> 330

10/17

3/4

18/21

1 1/4

1

3/4

22/25

1 1/2

1 1/4

1 1/4

1

26/30

2

1 3/4

1 1/2

1 1/4

1 1/4

31/35

2 1/2

2 1/4

2

1 3/4

1 1/2

1 1/2

36/41

3

2 3/4

2 1/2

2 1/4

2

1 3/4

42/48

< 1,48

3 1/2

3 1/4

2 3/4

2 1/2

2 1/4

49/57

1,49 à 1,57

4 1/4

3 3/4

3 1/4

3

2 3/4

58/66

1,58 à 1,66

4 3/4

4 1/4

4

3 1/2

3

67/78

1,67 à 1,78

5 1/2

5

4 1/2

4 1/4

4

79/94

1,79 à 1,94

6 1/2

6

5 1/2

5

4 1/2

> 94

> 1,95

7 1/2

7

6

5 1/2

8 1/2

8

7 1/2

7

10

9 1/2

8 1/2

8



In order to gain performance and ensure safety and confidence, ski bindings should be adjusted to suit the skier's profile. Each type of practice is listed and various modifications are proposed according to age and level.

Skier profile

Correspondence

AFNOR

Age range

Corrections to be made to the tables

1

Less than 7 days of downhill skiing

Beginner

- of 25 years

+ more than 25 years old

No correction

Go up 1 line

2

More than 7 days of downhill skiing

Unsportsmanlike

Unscrambled with low physical condition

- of 50 years

+ over 50 years old

No correction

Go up 1 line

3

More than 7 days of downhill skiing

Regular physical activity

Unscrambled with good physical condition

- of 50 years

+ over 50 years old

Go down 1 line

No correction

4

Passes everywhere

Caution and risk avoidance

Good skier, flexible style with a focus on safety

- of 50 years

+ over 50 years old

No correction

Go up 1 line

5

Young (under 50 years old)

Passes everywhere

Good skier, young

- of 50 years

Go down 1 line

6

Track and off-track with great control

Good skier, attack skiing on all terrain

- of 50 years

+ over 50 years old

Go down 2 lines

Go down 1 line

7

Excellent level

Possibly in competition

Very good skier, on committed terrain

- of 50 years

+ over 50 years old

Go down 3 lines

Go down 2 lines



If you have rail fasteners

All ski boots have a length in millimetres engraved on the heel. This length determines the position and adjustment of the binding according to the skier's size. Once the size has been determined, this number is simply transferred to the front of the binding. Place your boot on the front stop and then slide the rear part of the binding (the heel piece) until you can engage the ski boot.

After positioning your boot, you must then adjust the compression, i.e. the force between the two parts of the binding. At the back of the binding there is a small yellow indicator that shows the correct setting of the binding. This indicator should always be visible.

Then simply adjust your weight :

- 10 kg below for a beginner and intermediate level,

- to your weight for a good level,

- 5 to 10 kg above for freeride practice.

For any purchase of a ski pack on our site, we offer you the ski binding assembly. Indeed, when you purchase, a pop-up window will open to give us information about your skiing