Snow Ski Bindings
Snow ski bindings are an important piece of equipment that connect your ski boots to your skis. Different models of ski bindings offer different features and benefits and can be suitable for different types of skiers and different types of skiing.
- ALPINE BINDINGS: These are the most common type of ski bindings and are designed for use on groomed slopes, in the terrain park and side-country. They offer good stability and release quickly when needed.
- TOURING BINDINGS: These bindings are designed for use in backcountry skiing, they allow the skier to switch between a downhill and touring mode, which allows the skier to tour uphill.
- FRAME BINDINGS: These bindings are a hybrid between alpine and touring bindings, they offer the stability and safety of alpine bindings, but also the ability to switch between a downhill and touring mode with a frame that connects the heel and toe.
A ski binding DIN is a standardized measure of the release force required to release a ski boot from a ski binding. The DIN setting is determined by a formula that considers the skier's height, weight, boot sole length, age, and skiing ability. The higher the DIN setting, the more force is required to release the boot from the binding. The purpose of the DIN system is to ensure that the ski binding releases the boot when the skier falls or experiences a sudden impact, to reduce the risk of injury to the skier's knees and other joints. If the DIN setting is too low, the binding may release too easily, which can result in inadvertent releases and increased risk of injury. If the DIN setting is too high, the binding may not release when it should, which can also increase the risk of injury. Most ski binding models are available in several DIN ranges. For example, the Salomon Stance 14 comes with a DIN range of 5-14, while the Salomon Stance 16 comes with a DIN range of 7-16. When choosing snow ski bindings, consider what your recommended DIN setting is and choose a suitable binding to match.
Grip Walk ski boots are a type of ski boot sole designed for increased grip and traction when walking on snow or ice. They are designed with a rubberized tread pattern that provides better traction and grip when walking on snow or ice than traditional alpine ski boot soles. Grip Walk soles require a compatible binding system. If you have ski boots with Grip Walk soles, make sure the bindings you choose are Grip Walk compatible.