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Fixed Mount Alpine and Touring bindings

While not as glamorous as the skis themselves, having a reliable and safe pair of ski bindings to keep you connected to your skis is essential to having a good day on the slopes.

Fixed Mount Ski Bindings are bindings that have little movement, and can only accommodate similar boot sizes. The advantage to fixed mount bindings is that they are lighter and closer to the ski since there is no need for an adjustment system. If you are buying bindings to be used by one fully grown skier, fixed mount bindings are recommended. The most important things to consider when purchasing any ski bindings are the DIN range, the brake width, and the compatibility with your ski boots.

DIN and DIN range

The release/retention setting of a ski binding is measured using a number known as the DIN. The DIN is what determines the force necessary to release the bindings from your boot in the event of a crash. The higher the DIN, the more force needed to release your skis. DIN is determined using three numbers: the skier’s height, weight and skier type. A certified binding tech, like the ones on staff at L9 can determine and set your DIN. Each binding has a DIN range, which is the range of that binding’s possible DIN settings. DIN settings can range from 0.75 (for small children), up to 18 (for the most expert skiers). Check the DIN range of individual bindings by looking at the Specs on that binding’s page. If you aren’t sure what DIN range would be best for you, ask the knowledgeable staff at L9.

Brake Width

The brake width of a ski binding can be chosen while buying a pair of ski bindings on the L9 website. Brake widths are measured in mm, and should be no more than 5-10millimeters wider than the waist width of the ski. If you don’t know the waist width of the ski you plan on using them with, ask someone at L9 using our chat or email options. We will be happy to help.

Ski Boot/Binding Compatibility

Most ski bindings will work with most ski boots, however there are a few important exceptions. Some boots have gripwalk soles, which are made to be easier to walk in and not all bindings will work with gripwalk soles. Look for gripwalk compatible bindings if you have gripwalk boots. Most touring bindings use pin inserts in the toe of the binding, and they will not work unless your boots feature the pin inserts. As always, if you are unsure, please ask L9 staff and we can assist you.

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