Every alpine skier should know something about the DIN setting of ski bindings. It is a crucial safety feature that can prevent unnecessary injury to your feet.
What is a ski bindings DIN setting?
The DIN setting on a ski binding is a feature that determines the amount of force needed to release the binding in the event of a fall.
The DIN, or Deutsches Institut für Normung, is a standardized scale that measures the release force of a ski binding.
A higher DIN setting means that more force is required to release the binding, while a lower DIN setting means that less force is needed.
Some manufacturers are using their own parameters that have the same meaning as DIN, e.g. Fischer has Z-value.
Why is the DIN setting important?
The DIN setting is important because it helps prevent injuries to the skier’s ankles and knees.
In the event of a fall, a binding with a higher DIN setting will hold the skier’s boot longer and would need a more external force to release a boot. Binding with a lower DIN setting will release the boot sooner and will need less external force to release a boot.
What is the right DIN setting for me?
Appropriate DIN setting is determined by the skier’s weight, height, boot length, ability level, and type of skiing.
Or you can ask a ski shop & service to help you with setting the right DIN at your ski bindings.
Generally, a beginner skier, for example, might want a lower DIN setting to make it easier to release the binding in the event of a fall. An advanced skier going to the challenging terrain might want a higher DIN setting to provide extra support and stability.
How can I set up the DIN on my ski bindings?
The range of DIN settings on a ski binding can vary, but most bindings are adjustable from about 0.5 to 15. The exact range will depend on the specific binding and its design.
The only thing you need to have for setting up the DIN on your bindings is a screwdriver. And of course, you need to know the DIN number you already calculated.
Check out the best available screwdriver sets here.