The Importance of DIN Settings

img_3844DIN stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute for Standardization) and is the industry standard scale for release force settings for ski bindings. This is the tension adjustment on the front and back parts of the bindings, and it determines how easily your boot will be released from the binding.

The DIN setting you should have is calculated by your weight, height, skier type, age and boot sole length.

The correct DIN setting for you should be high enough that the skis do not come off when you don’t want them to, but low enough that the skis will come off before you are in danger of injuring your legs. 

Above is what is a very fine balance especially as you become a faster, stronger, more aggressive skiier, the more you increase your din setting as the more power you push through the binding. Equally crashes become bigger and the force required to eject your boot from the ski becomes higher. But to ski at a high aggressive level you do not want your boot to eject as you power out of your turn as this could then become a reason you crash. Tricky!

Food for thought but check your DIN settings, please. Mine were set well and I’m happy I had the balance right as any higher then the boot may not have released causing a total rupture of my ligament = season over and lots of intense training.

Useful link:

http://www.mechanicsofsport.com/skiing/equipment/bindings/din-calculator.html

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