If you plan to adjust the bindings on a pair of Salomon skis, it is important to look at a specific Salomon DIN chart.
What is a DIN Chart?
A DIN chart provides guidelines for adjusting the release settings of your ski bindings. Your DIN is determined by your height, weight, age, boot sole length, level of ski skill proficiency and the type of terrain that you typically ski. These are the primary factors that the ski shop technicians use when they adjust your ski bindings. However, the type of bindings that you use can also have a slight influence on your DIN stetting. As such, if you are using a Salomon ski binding, it's best to look at a Salomon DIN Chart. This is because different types of bindings will release under different types of stresses.
Where To Find a Salomon DIN Chart
There are a number of websites that post copies of the Salomon DIN chart. However, while some people update these charts on a regular basis, others are a few years old. In some cases, the DIN chart may refer to bindings that are no longer manufactured by the company. Obviously, this type of chart is not very helpful.
In most cases,the best place to find a Salomon's most current DIN chart is on their ski shop technician's certification page. This page is usually updated at the beginning of a new ski season, or when the company has manufactured new bindings. Additionally, various ski related websites, such as Seek Extreme will post these charts. Seek Extreme also has an example of how to adjust the DIN setting on a pair of Salomon bindings.
Typical DIN Settings on Salomon Adult Bindings
These are the specs of the most popular Salomon women's ski bindings:
- Salomon LZ: This beginner's binding supports body weights between 55 and 200 pounds, and has a Din range of 2.5 to 8.
- Salomon Z10 TI W: This beginner/intermediate binding supports body weights between 66 and 235 pounds. It has a DIN range of 3 to 10.
- Salomon 711: This female-specific binding supports body weights between 79 and 253 pounds. Its DIN range of 3.5 to 11 makes it a good choice for women who are gaining more confidence at the sport.
- Salomon Z12 TI: The Z12 TI supports body weights between 92 and 264 pounds. Its DIN ranges between 4 to 12.
- Salomon Z14: Supporting body weights between 127 and 286 pounds, the Z14 is an upper intermediate binding whose DIN ranges between 6 and 14.
- Salomon STH 14 Driver: These bindings are designed for freestyle skiers who cannot afford to have their skis pre-release. They support body weights that range between 127 and 268 pounds, and have a DIN that ranges between 6 and 14.
- Salomon STH 16: This binding is designed for women who like to play in deep powder. It supports body weights of up to 209 pounds, and has a DIN that ranges from 9 to 16. This type of binding is used in wider, powder skis.
Typical DIN Settings on Salomon Junior Bindings
Salomon Sports also manufactures a variety of bindings for children under the age of 15. Since children are obviously much lighter than adults, the DIN settings on junior ski bindings will be significantly lower. In most cases, the DIN will range from 0.5 to 4.5. However, there are some exceptions. The Z10 FIS 20 is designed for junior racers. As such, it has a DIN range of 3 to 10.
Salomon Integrated Ski and Binding Systems
In recent years, Salomon has begun to manufacture skis with integrated binding systems. This means that the skis and bindings are a package. The bindings will already have a DIN with a range that is appropriate for the type of ski. For example, a powder ski may have a higher DIN range, whereas the DIN range on an entry level ski will be somewhat lower. Many other ski companies are now using integrated ski and binding systems.