How to Adjust Bindings to Ski Boots

How to Adjust Bindings to Ski Boots
Alpine ski bindings secure your boots to your skis and can keep you safe. Before you head out for the slopes, ensure that your bindings are properly adjusted for your boots.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Large flat-head screwdriver Allen wrench (optional)
  • Large flat-head screwdriver
  • Allen wrench (optional)
Step 1
Make sure the alpine ski bindings have been properly mounted to the skis' surface by a qualified technician. The middle of the boots' sole should line up with a spot that is midway between the tip and tail of the skis.
Step 2
Insert your toe into the binding and step down with your heel. There should not be any "play" between the top of the boot toe and the toepiece of the binding. If there is play between the toe of the boot and the toepiece, adjust the toepiece down so that it lightly rests on the toe of the boot.
Step 3
Insert your heel into the binding and step down with your heel. There should not be any "play" between the top of the boot heel and the heel piece of the binding. If there is play between the heel of the boot and the heel piece, adjust the heel piece down so that it lightly rests on the toe of the boot.
Step 4
Adjust the fore/aft position of the heel piece so that the heel piece holds the heel in place. If the heel piece needs to be moved forward, use a large flat-head screwdriver to adjust the position of the heel piece to a point where it just clears the boot. Check the fit by stepping down into the binding. Adjust this as necessary.
Step 5
Adjust the DIN setting on the toe and heel pieces by turning the large screws clockwise for a tighter fit, or counter-clockwise for a looser fit. Refer to the DIN setting chart below for the appropriate setting based on your age, size and skiing ability.

Tips & Warnings

 
Never install your own bindings. Do not overestimate your DIN settings. Be sure that your boots make proper contact to your bindings.
 
Never install your own bindings.
 
Do not overestimate your DIN settings.
 
Be sure that your boots make proper contact to your bindings.

Article Written By Allen Smith

Allen Smith is an award-winning freelance writer living in Vail, Colo. He writes about health, fitness and outdoor sports. Smith has a master's degree in exercise physiology and an exercise specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.

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