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How to Set the DIN on Ski Bindings

By Lisa Mercer

If you've ever rented or purchased skis, you've probably filled out a form to determine your DIN stetting. DIN, which stands for Deutsche Industrie Normen, is used to establish how easily a binding will release a ski boot in the event of a fall or a collision. Alterations to the DIN setting can either compress or decompress a spring that is located in the ski binding. It is highly recommended that you allow a ski shop professional to set the DIN on your skis. However, if you truly want to do it yourself, you need to carefully follow the guidelines.

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Determine your correct DIN setting, which is determined by your height, weight, boot sole length, age, ski style and terrain preferences. Novice skiers are considered Type I, intermediates are Type II and experts are Type III. Beginners will want a lower DIN setting, which will ensure that the binding will release in the event of a fall. As you begin to ski more challenging terrain at high speeds, or if you ski power, you will want a higher DIN setting. Additionally, when you reach age 50, most shop experts suggest that you lower your DIN setting.

Use a DIN chart -- available at most ski shops -- as a guideline. Take a screwdriver to turn the screw that is located at the front of the binding toe piece. Look at the window to be sure that the binding is in the correct setting.

Adjust the screw near your heel in the same manner. Aggressive skiers should choose the same setting as the toe piece. Less-aggressive skiers should choose a lower setting for the heel piece.

Put on your boots and step into your skis. Move your foot around. The bindings should feel snug.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Skis
  • Boots


Most shops will set your bindings for free or for a small charge.


Exaggerating your abilities and setting a higher DIN setting can lead to injury.

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About the Author

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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