Experts spell out how and when your bindings release.
It seems like there is nothing more humiliating than hearing, “Yard sale!” from the lift as you tumble down the mountain, skis and poles flying in every direction. But, if you fail to release properly from your skis, the same fall could result in an even more humiliating trip via ski patrol sled. The difference comes down to the DIN setting of your binding.
With increased compatibility, next year's ski bindings are blurring the lines between alpine and backcountry.
In the ski binding category new innovative designs are fine-tuning the art of attaching skier to ski. This year’s focus is on weight savings, power transmission for controlling wider skis, safer release, and enhanced touring modes and sole compatibility. “Lighter bindings seem to be the way of the future, especially for ladies’ models,” says Joe Rauscher of Joe’s Ski Shop in Minnesota.
With the trend back toward flat skis, consumers get to choose their own bindings again.
"The march toward all-inclusive system skis continues apace,” we reported in our update on bindings two years ago. “Bad news,” we went on to note, “if you have a perfectly good binding that you were hoping to recycle.” It was a troubling trend for anyone concerned with personal choice or the cost of ski equipment. Touting the undeniable merits of system skis—where ski and binding are designed and sold together as a seamless, smooth-flexing whole—manufacturers were morethan happy if they could convince you that you needed to buy a binding—their binding—every time you bought a ski.