Parts of a ski binding


Parts of a sky binding

As it is known, most ski bindings use a toe and heel piece with adjustable release settings. The recommended release settings of your binding are determined by some factors, which are detailed below:

Height
Weight
Boot Length and type
Skill Level

Din Range Chart
LBS. Din
22-125 .75-4.25
79-180 3-7
126-210 5-8.5
180 + 6+

Actually Bindings use the internationally agreed DIN scale. This DIN scale indicates that bindings worldwide release under the same force. These Bindings come in a DIN range where they for instance support DIN 3-7. It is important to set your binding to the correct release setting is essential for your safety.

Ski bindings necessarily should be done by a professional technician/ ski shop. Dangerous situations can occur on both sides of the setting: if too loose then the ski can let go suddenly causing a fall.

Anti-Friction Device (AFD)

It is a important part of a Ski binding. The AFD consists in a small smooth pad directly behind the toe-side piece, its performance is to minimize friction when the toe-side piece is released sideways. It is necessary that there is at least 1mm of free space between the AFD and the sole of your boot. Although most AFDs just use a smooth surface but some more advanced model use mechanical moving part to make sure the boot rolls or glides sideways if needed.

Ski Brakes

The main performance of this part of ski binding is very important, because reducing the possibility of hitting other skiers when skis are released from the bindings and they may be increase speed and sliding down the slope. Ski brakes are levers that are flipped down when a ski binding is released. Then the arms of the ski brakes dig into the snow producing the ski to stop gliding.

Forward Pressure

In Skiing is necessary the bindings stay firmly attached to the ski even when the ski bends. The bindings should give some lengthway flexibility in order to the bindings don't jam in case the skis were bent. To prevent this type of risk, bindings provide adjustable forward pressure. The performance of forward pressure is to make sure that heel piece is pressed forward against the boot.

Lifted Bindings

Nowadays most binding are lifted from the ski top surface. Lately bindings use connected structures with plates running between the toe and heel piece. This lifts the boot up from the ski surface. Having lifted bindings make easy carved turns as the boot is less likely to skid the snow.

Vibration Dampening

For skiers of advanced level it becomes important to dampen vibrations in high speed descend and carved turns. Many bindings use rubber or other material to avoid the vibration. Although advanced bindings usually have more complex mechanisms.

For-aft adjustment

Some modern bindings allow you to move your bindings position either more to the front or to the back of your ski. Allowing you adjust your bodies positioning. This is very helpful if you ski deep powder and you want your body weight to be more of the back of your skis this way prevent them from digging in the snow.