Adam from Skis.com is here to offer a quick and easy to follow video teaching about the importance of having your bindings set correctly. This is a simple video where Adam shows the more technical side of what goes into ensuring you bindings function correctly and what is required. For more information please read the detailed explanation below.
Having your skis mounted by a trained and certified professional ski technician is important for your safety and enjoyment on the slopes. Bindings need to retain your boots at the appropriate times, and release you at the appropriate times. Ski bindings can only be tested correctly with the actual boot that will be used in the binding. For this reason, Skis.com can only service bindings when a complete ski package is purchased, including the boots.
Setting the retention springs is not as simple as it may seem, and each boot and binding must go under a series of physical tests and visual inspections each time something changes with the system like the boot that is going into the binding, the height, weight, age and aggressiveness of the skier. It is recommended to have bindings re adjusted and tested by a certified technician when a skier gains or loses 15 pounds, increases their aggressiveness, or every other ski season.
Technicians must be certified by each binding company that they work on. Each binding company has a test that a technician must pass each ski season in order to be certified by that company to ensure that they are properly trained on how to install, adjust and test each binding that company manufactures.
Bindings that are not serviced by a certified technician void the manufactures warranty, and Skis.com’s return policy.
The boot that is going into the binding must undergo a visual inspection to verify that it is a standard alpine ski boot, the AFD (Anti Friction Device) is in good shape, and the shell of the boot has structural integrity to be held into and release from the binding cleanly. Older boots made from a much softer plastic that can lose their integrity over time. As a result, the toe and heel pieces may not hold when pressure is applied to the boot in the lateral movements. These lateral movements can cause a pre-release. Even modern boots are subject to cracks or stress fractures in strategic places. Any boot that shows signs of cracks or stress, should not be used. A crack in a ski boot can result in part of the lower shell staying retained in the binding, and the upper part of the boot breaking off while skiing with disastrous results.
Toe and heel lugs of ski boots must not be excessively worn down. Worn down toe lugs can cause uneven pressure on the sole of the boot that could cause you to “roll” out of your bindings. Excessively worn down heel lugs may cause the heel piece to eject the boot when minimal forward pressure is applied while skiing. Falls caused by pre-releasing from the bindings are just as dangerous as not releasing at all.
Once the pair of boots is visually inspected and the binding is installed the binding must go through a series of release tests. These tests measure that when the appropriate amount of torque is applied to the system, the binding releases the boot. The release test simulates twisting falls and forward falls. The Technician uses a calibrated machine or a torque wrench with special fittings on it to measure the amount of force it takes for the boot to be released. If the binding does not release the boot cleanly within the specific range given for that specific skier retention setting, the binding does not pass the release test, and should not be skied on.
After the tests are completed the technician must sign off on the binding inspection form to certify that they have completed all required tests, and the binding has passed all of these tests. Completion of these tests and procedures does not guarantee your safety on the slopes. These tests are performed and required to ensure that the equipment you are purchasing is safe to use while you enjoy the slopes. Just because all of these procedures are taken does not guarantee your safety on the slopes. Skiing is a dangerous, but fun sport.
We are aware that other online retailers may mount the bindings on skis for you if they are provided with a boot sole length. Please note that not only do they need to be taken to a certified technician for visual and release tests, but no consideration for your safety is given. Skis.com will only mount and test bindings when a complete package is purchase from us with the additional purchase of the Ski Tech option. For more information please contact us.
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