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What your DIN setting says about you
Thursday May 9, 2013 - Email this article to a friend

One of our partners at PlanetSKI, Intersport, has published an interesting and humorous article on DIN settings. That's how tight your boots are attached to your skis. It comes from the editor of Fall-Line, Nicola Iseard.


I don't know why but my mind zeroes in on North American ski resorts.

Perhaps it's the big cars, with the big engines, going to the resort with the most black runs.

Jocks on Spring Break screaming "Whooo!", high-fiving, and then jumping off a cliff. Overshoot the landing and they wont eject out of their skis in a spectacular tomahawk like us regular folk.

Why? Because of their high-DIN settings of course.

People who set their DINs stratospherically high are probably the same ones who wear body armour and full-face helmets, as if they're going to war.

Often, though, it's not about protection, but about skiers trying to impress their mates/girlfriend/the stranger sitting on the lift next to them.

High DINs for their barn-door fat skis to cope with their extreme skiing. That's not to say that everyone who skis on DIN setting 16 is doing it for show - if you weigh 200lb and ski like Zurbriggen, then it's totally understandable.

But for the mere mortal: 16, really?

Bindings do inhabit an interesting domain.

There are few things in the world which are designed to protect you (your knees), which, if used too much, can instead do you harm.

If you cycle occasionally, you decide to buy a helmet because it may one day offer protection.

DINs are different.

With DINs, you really can have too much of a good thing. They're like chillies.

You season your dinner with them and they make it a better all-round experience. But, use too much and it's game over.

So, what is the perfect release-when-I-want/stay-put-when-I-don't DIN setting?

The default for the aforementioned Spring Break lot is normally: excess is best, or rather, "crank those puppies up cap'n!".

Then there's the cautious skiers at the other end of the scale: "In case I cause my skis, or the snow, or indeed any other people any offence, can you kindly keep them nice and low please?".

I have to be honest, I like skiing with the knowledge that, if I hit a mogul awkwardly, I won't loose a ski unnecessarily.

But I also wince to remember how only last winter, my season was almost prematurely finished when my friend accidentally hooked the tail of my ski as he passed me in a lift queue and I was forced into a splits position a rubber-boned six-year old would have found uncomfortable... hence I lowered my DINs by a notch.

When it comes to finding your perfect DIN setting, there is a basic scale related to your weight and ability, but really it helps most to know your own skiing and approach, and adjusting it depending on how easy/often they release.

And if some jock comments that your setting is not as high as theirs, undo your boot clips and tell them this: "top ski guides (for example Pat Zimmer from Top Ski in Val d'Isère) say a good skier should have no trouble skiing with DINs set at the lowest possible setting, and even with their ski boots completely undone."

Now that is macho.

For the full article with photos see this link.

Here at PlanetSKI we skied with Nicola in Sochi, Russia, last winter.

She had a small encounter with some shrubbery deep in the Russian back country.

The skis remained firmly on. Wink

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For further information about Intersport then see this PlanetSKI feature and video interview.

Nicola  first put on a pair of skis when she was four years old. By the age of 12 she had discovered a love for speed, spending most weekends competing in slalom ski races across the UK and the Alps. At 18 she hung up her racing bib and qualified as a BASI ski instructor, where she spent six months teaching skiing in Zermatt. Today she combines her love for the sport with her work - she is the editor of Fall-Line magazine and spends as much of the winter as she can on the slopes.

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