If you are planning to purchase a pair of Marker ski bindings, you might be interested in learning about Marker binding DIN setting.
What is a DIN Setting?
The word DIN is used in reference to the release settings on your ski bindings. These settings are typically determined by your height, weight, boot sole length, age and skier type. When you purchase new skis and bindings, the DIN setting is usually adjusted by the shop technician.
Are DIN Settings the Same for All Binding Manufacturers?
Since the DIN is more or less a universal standard, one might wonder why there are different DIN setting charts for different types of ski bindings. In fact, this is perhaps one of the most controversial subjects in the ski gear community. Some people argue that a DIN setting is the same, no matter what bindings you use. Others beg to differ. They argue that different binding manufacturers have different types of release systems. For example, Tyrolia bindings have a diagonal heel release, whereas Salomon bindings have a spherical release.
In contrast, Marker bindings feature an upward toe release. Some people believe that this might have some influence on the Marker binding DIN settings. As such, you will often see different DIN charts for different types of bindings, even though the settings might only show a subtle difference. For the most skiers, the DIN setting for a Marker binding will probably be the same as the the setting for a Salomon binding. The only skiers that seem to notice a difference are ski racers, who sometimes claim that they need a higher DIN setting on Marker bindings to avoid pre-release.
In fact, in the past, pre-release has been an issue with some Marker bindings, which might explain why some skiers adjust them to a higher DIN setting. However, the more recent models have a higher DIN range, and some of the pre-release problems have been eliminated.
What is Meant by a DIN Range?
To further complicate the issue, different bindings have what is referred to as a different DIN range. For example, Marker M51 and Salomon S912 both have a DIN range from 4 to 12, and a Marker Duke binding has a DIN that ranges from 6 to 16. Bindings with a higher DIN range are usually designed for more advanced skiers.
Marker Bindings Information
The Marker binding was actually created as the result of a ski injury. In 1952, ski instructor and ski journalist Hannes Marker suffered a serious injury, as the result of a ski binding that failed to release. This inspired him to create the first commercially successful releasable ski binding. Today, Marker bindings are often used in conjunction with Volkl skis and Technica boots.
Marker Bindings and Pre-Release
As mentioned, for many years, Marker bindings were cursed with the stigma of a reputation for pre-release. This was a common problem with one binding in particular, the Marker 11.0 IBC. This binding was designed primarily for intermediate and advanced skiers. In a slow backwards fall, the toe piece would have an upwards release, which would prevent the skier from tearing his or her ACL. Unfortunately, this type of release system created a problem in bumps. The heel of the IBC binding is designed to go backwards up to 1.5 centimeters if the ski is compressed into the trough of moguls. However, when you come out of the trough, your heel needs to move forward, as quickly as possible. If this does not happen, the toe piece of the boot will move backwards, thereby releasing the bindings.
Although this had been a problem in the past, in recent years, Marker has re-designed their toe pieces, which has eliminated most of the pre-release problems.
Marker Binding DIN Setting Charts
This popular DIN setting website has a copy of both the Marker and the Salomon DIN setting charts. Remember, for safety, it's best to have your bindings set by a ski tech professional.