Material Guide/ Alpine bindings
Our tips to choosing your ski bindings
You bought new skis and you now want to equip bindings well suited to your practice? You're struggling to differentiate all models? What are the indicators and settings on the bindings?
Here are some tips and answers to help you make your decision and select the model that suits you best.
However, keep in mind that your bindings are designed to limit the risk of injury from falls, while providing the necessary support to ski with maximum pleasure.
The precise adjustment of your bindings must be done by a professional.
When buying your skis, your dealer should normally measure, using a machine control releasing torques obtained with your bindings with your own shoes.
1) Choose the right model for your skis and your practice
Most skis are now available with a pair of associated ski bindings. The piste and all mountain skis are often equipped with interfaces and compatible editing systems with only one type of ski binding.
Beyond the design, color and mounting compatibility, the ski binding’s characteristics offered in packages are adapted to those skis and practice to which they are intended: So trust the manufacturer and the retailer when they advise you a complete set.
In all cases, the range of adjustment of your bindings will allow some latitude adjustment.
Finally, if you select your bindings yourself, check the width of the brakes so they adapt to the width of the skis.
FKS is a legendary product, the reference in the world of freeskiing for those looking for a product without compromise. The best riders will make no mistake: they have it under their feet!
Axial ² has been developed for the World Cup in collaboration with athletes. Axial ² Bindings thus provide a high level of precision, performance and safety, both on track and freeride. Available with screw for flat skis or on TPi ² system found on some skis.
Axium is the ideal setting for all skiers who want a safe, lightweight and easy to use fixing. Available with screw for flat skis or on TPi ² system found on some skis.
Xelium is 700g lighter than a conventional system, while providing safety, design and comfort.
Winner of the Eco-responsability Award at ISPO in 2012: its environmental impact is reduced by 35% compared to the life cycle of a traditional binding.
SAPHIR bindings are dedicated to women who want an exclusive design. They optimize the ratio of safety, lightness, comfort and performance.
Rossignol offers a wide range of bindinds designed specifically for children, with a constant concern for safety and lightness. COMP J and Xelium KID models are compatible with children's shoes (type C) and adult (type A).
2) Determine the value of pre-setting your bindings
Before buying your bindings, it is important to estimate how their setting value.
So you can choose, depending on your body and your practice, the model that maximizes your safety and pleasure.
Determining this value must take into account:
1. Your weight / size
2. The sole length of your ski boots
3. Your skiing level
4. Your age, fitness and your sport habits
International standards ISO ranked skiers in three main types:
• Type I: Beginner (less than 7 days of skiing) and skier careful and moving on gentle to moderate slopes, green and blue runs.
• Type II: Intermediate Skier, not rated in the TYPE I or TYPE III
• Type III: fast Skier, aggressive, operating on moderate to steep slopes, red and black runs.
In the table below you will find the values of presets for a skier type I.
1. Select the line with your weight or size.
2. Select the column corresponding to the length of your ski boot sole
3. Depending on your level, go up or down in the table:
• Type I: Stay on the designated cell
• Type II: Go down 1 line
• Type III: Go down 2 lines
4. Depending on your age, fitness and your sport modulate this value:
• - (minus): Go up 1 line
• + (plus) Go down 1 extra line
This table is provided for guidance:
MAKE YOUR SET AND CONTROL BRACKETS BY A PROFESSIONAL
In addition: The last two columns of the table specify the torque in Nm that your dealer will find measuring your bindings on the control machine (if it has this equipment).