How to Adjust Marker M36 Bindings

How to Adjust Marker M36 Bindings
Marker Bindings are a brand of ski equipment made since 1952. The M36 binding offers a DIN setting of 2.5 to 9. DIN is the Deutsches Institut für Normung, the accepted measure for ski bindings. Adjusting the M36 is a straightforward process that needs to be done to ensure proper performance and safety on the slopes. The M36 is an older binding from the Marker line. Prior to using a set of M36 bindings, consult with a ski tech and have him inspect the bindings for safety.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Maker M36 bindings
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles
  • Skis
  • Flat surface
Step 1
Place the skis with bindings on the flat surface. Place one empty ski boot (left or right, it does not matter) into the binding of one ski. Clip the boot to it, toe first and clamp down to activate the heal lock.
Step 2
Get the philips head screwdriver and look to the back of the heal binding and find the DIN screw. Look at the number scale and hash mark on the scale. Turn, to the left, until the hash mark reads at zero on the number scale.
Step 3
Turn to the right one full turn at a time until you reach the DIN setting for your ski level. Remember the lower the DIN setting, the easier for the boot to pop out, and the higher the DIN setting the harder. Use the formula of lower is for beginners, higher for experts as beginners need the easy release as they are more prone to slips and falls, where the advanced skier needs the tight tension to keep the ski secured on hard turns or jumps and steeps.
Step 4
Place the other ski boot into the other binding on the flat surface. Clip the toe into the binding and then do the same for the heal. Screw the DIN screw to the left until the hash mark reads zero on the number scale. Turn the screw to the right using the philips head screwdriver until you reach your desired DIN setting.

Tips & Warnings

Test the bindings after adjusting by skiing on the bunny hill or beginner slope for one or two runs.
Be sure to have a ski tech check the M36 to ensure the safety and proper performance of this older binding.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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