How to Buy Women's Ski Bindings

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How to Buy Women's Ski Bindings

Ski bindings are essential pieces of skiing equipment because they attach the ski boots firmly onto the skis. Just as there are different styles of skiing, there are different types of ski bindings available and they are not interchangeable. Learn about the types of ski bindings to find suitable women's ski bindings for your skis.

 

Ski Binding Features

Buyers need to consider several important factors when choosing ski bindings. When you need extra durable bindings, go for metal or steel because these last the longest and are less prone to breaking. The brake width of a ski binding needs to match the middle dimension of the ski. The brake should not be more than 20 mm wider than the ski; otherwise, you may drag in the snow when turning. The DIN range reflects the skier's weight and ability level and this is most important for freestyle skiers. The DIN also varies by boot size, height, and age. Taller and heavier skiers typically require a higher DIN number.

 

DIN Range

Suitability

2-7.5

Beginner women under 63 kg

2-9

Intermediate women under 68 kg

4-12

Intermediate to advanced women under 86 kg

6-14

Intermediate women over 86 kg or expert skiers weighing 68-95 kg

 

Note that you can drop one DIN size if you have a large foot or go up a size when your feet are small. Always match the bindings with the ski boots.

 

Alpine Ski Bindings

Alpine ski bindings are for downhill skiing. Alpine skis are shorter and wider than their cross-country counterparts are. Downhill ski bindings fix the boot at the toe and the heel. They attach the boot firmly to the ski, but release quickly in case of a fall. The bindings allow you to rotate your feet to the sides, while the heels can rotate up.

 

Cross-Country Ski Bindings

Women's cross-country skis have three main types of bindings. The New Nordic Norm (NNN) hooks a bar in the toe of the shoe into a catch and comes with two small ridges running along the binding. You can find several versions of the NNN available, though the first ones are incompatible with current designs. The NIS, Nordic Integrated System, is a rework of NNN and it features a binding plate on top of the ski where you attach the bindings, making the installation thus very easy. The SNS, Salomon Nordic System, is very similar to NNN, but its bar is narrower and it has one large ride. The SNS system further divides into three subtypes: the standard Profil model, X-Adventure for backcountry skiing, and Pilot, which is specific for classic- or skate-style skiing.

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