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Bindings: Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know which binding to get with my skis?

How do I determine my binding setting?

How can I tell if my bindings are working properly?

If my skis keep falling off, should I tighten my binding settings?

When I ski moguls, I’m always in the backseat, should I consider moving my bindings forward?

How can I tell if my bindings are obsolete?

How do I know which binding to get with my skis?
No bindings are ski specific, so feel free to mix and match manufacturers. Choose a binding that’s affordable, and base your decision on your weight, height, and skiing ability.

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How do I determine my binding setting?
Let the experts at the ski shop determine the setting before you select a model. They’ll base the setting on your height, weight, skiing ability, age, and the length of your boot sole.

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How can I tell if my bindings are working properly?
Again, make a trip to the ski shop. You should have your bindings tested before each season.

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If my skis keep falling off, should I tighten my binding settings?
Don’t automatically assume that loose bindings are the cause of the problem; a number of things could cause your skis to come off. Let the ski-shop pros assess the situation. Unless you are a licensed technician, never adjust your bindings yourself.

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When I ski moguls, I’m always in the backseat, should I consider moving my bindings forward?
Moving your bindings is a fairly extreme measure, so you should look at your boots first. They may be kicking back, causing your weight to shift. Your instructor or coach can also give you some technical pointers.

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How can I tell if my bindings are obsolete?
Let the ski shop take a look at them. If your bindings aren’t good, the ski shop folks won’t touch them.

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