Specially designed for the safety of the skier, the ski binding is a product that must be able to withstand the many jolts and remove his shoes when falling.
Detail: they are made up of an adjustable stop at the front and an adjustable heel-piece at the back. These two components do not perform the same movement since the stop loosens on the side while the heel strap loosens upwards. In a ski binding, several springs are mounted.
What should be taken into account?
When choosing ski bindings, the following criteria should be taken into account: the weight and height of the skier, as two people with different weights will not bind in the same way. Your experience as a skier is also an important factor.
Your binding will adapt to your weight and your morphology.
Types of ski bindings
There is one for each practice
- Ski bindings for downhill skiing - Ski bindings for cross-country skiing - Ski bindings for telemark skiing - Ski bindings for ski touring
Choosing your bindings for alpine skiing
Alpine ski bindings must comply with the ISO 11088 standard.
In order to perfectly adjust your ski binding, you must imperatively take into account the weight criteria of your morphology and your experience. The adjustment must not be too tight. High level skiers tend to tighten their bindings a lot, otherwise they can hurt themselves when sliding. These experienced skiers put their skis to the test (high lateral pressure). But beware, they are experienced and know what they are doing.
Otherwise: a too soft adjustment is just as dangerous since the binding can open at any time and therefore cause a fall. So you have to find the right balance.
Choosing your ski bindings for downhill skiing is very important because when descending a snow-covered and dangerous slope, it is better to have quality equipment and tools offering optimal safety.
Finally, be aware that for this type of activity, bindings have a system that consists of two different parts: one at the heel and the other near the toes.
Choosing bindings for cross-country skiing
Perfectly designed and adapted for flat terrain, "cross-country" ski bindings are only present at the front. They will allow you to better understand the different turns, uphill or downhill (better freedom of movement).
On several models of skis, the bindings are sold with all the equipment.
Choosing your ski bindings for telemark skiing
There are different ski bindings for telemark skiing:
- pointed. - jawed. - cable/plate system.
The most common telemark ski binding on the market is the cable ski binding. It offers the skier a high level of safety. This binding can be solid and rigid or flexible. All these bindings offer the heel a certain freedom.
Choosing bindings for ski touring
In the case of ski touring, the bindings release at the rear and can pivot at the front. Chocks are present to ensure a minimum of safety when you are skiing down a steep slope. You will therefore benefit from more mobility thanks to the bindings.
You will gain stability if you choose a heavy enough binding. If you plan to make several climbs during your hike, we advise you to opt for a light binding.
Binding adjustment indicator
Most ski bindings can be released very quickly during a fall if they are correctly adjusted.
The DIN is a value that represents the maximum setting of the binding, this index indicates how the binding releases. - Beginner skier: from 3 to 6 DIN. - Intermediate skier: from 5 to 9 DIN. - Advanced skier: from 6 to 12 DIN. - Professional skier: from 12 to 24 DIN.
To ensure your own safety, we strongly recommend that you choose quality ski bindings.