Alpine and Touring Bindings - All Mountain, Freestyle, and Race Ski 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. There are both men’s and women’s bindings as well as kid’s ski bindings for all abilities. The most important things to consider when purchasing 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.
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 millimeters, and should be no more than 5-10mm 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 Grip Walk soles, which are made to be easier to walk in and not all bindings will work with Grip Walk soles. Look for GW Compatible bindings if you have Grip Walk 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.