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Ski binding types

Ski binding types

One of the requirements of Bindings is that they must always be compatible with the ski boot type. In this section, you will be able to see different types of ski bindings include alpine, snowboard, backcountry, telemark, and Kandahar.

Kandahar ski bindings are cable bindings, and take upon secure the foot in a forward position in the binding using a cable. A important thing is that cable bindings are not interchangeable with three-pin binding systems.

Fortunately the New Nordic Norm (NNN)telemark ski bindings are available in both cable and three-pin styles. Three-pin ski bindings are named so, because they have three pins off the base with a metal clamp to attach the boot. Each pins must be firmly placed into the holes on the toe of the boot. However Cable ski bindings can be more expensive than three-pin ski bindings, but cable types are less likely to damage ski boots than pin types.

Another ski binding that can not interchangeable is the New Nordic Norm Backcountry (NNN-BC) which are not interchangeable with NNN types of ski bindings. But NNN and NNN-BC bindings are compatible with different ski boots. The NNN-BC ski bindings are considered more comfortable by some skiers than the NNN systems due to the placement of the fastening hardware under the toe area rather than in front of the toe of the ski boot.

Generally NNN-BC ski bindings are used with some telemark boots to give a lighter weight skiing system. As the material of the ski boot can make a difference to ski bindings, some skiers recommend plastic boots for controlling turns, however another skiers affirm that some plastic ski boots are heavy and less comfortable than leather or NNN-BC boots. As to toughness Telemarking on sloped terrain often requires a stiffer ski boot, while backcountry skiing may require a lighter ski boot.

In Alpine touring ski bindings are specially designed to fit the heel in a unique way. Because when climbing, the heel is free. In case of Alpine touring ski bindings tend to lift the heel to keep it free while the toe area stays level while climbing. While you are skiing, both the heel and the toe are clamped as in alpine downhill ski bindings. Alpine touring boots, have a plastic shell, rigid sole, and removable inner lining, are used only with alpine touring ski bindings. Generally alpine touring ski bindings are pressure sensitive and designed to release when the weight of a falling skier makes contact with the ski bindings.

Snowboard bindings are usually available in all sizes (small, medium, and large). Usually different types of snowboard ski bindings have different shaped heel holders and base plates. It is common snowboarders buy the snowboard first, then find the bindings that fit.