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Bindings and Boots and Skis, Oh My

Bindings and Boots and Skis, Oh My

Novice and even some experienced skiers should seek professional help before purchasing equipment. Many make the mistake of buying the hot product or something that just looks good. Enlisting the help of a professional will add to your confidence as you hit the slopes.

Seeking professional help will likely save you time, money, frustration and maybe even a permanently debilitating injury.

Ski bindings are often considered an afterthought for many skiers, not as sexy as skis or boots. And that attitude is a huge mistake.

When you fall, correctly set bindings go a long way in injury prevention.

Bindings are comprised of two pieces, at the toe and heel. They must be compatible with your boots and adjusted to match your skier profile. The more advanced skier you are, the higher the required release setting. Junior bindings will have a lower release point than even beginner adults.

The release settings are based on your boot size, age, weight and skiing ability. The adjustments are usually measured in DIN, Deutsche Industire Norm, and typically varies from 3 for beginners to 16 for advanced.

Before buying ski boots, get recommendations from a boot fitter. The fitter will ask you a series of pertinent questions from your abilities to your skiing frequency. If appropriate, bring your old boots, which can provide a pro with invaluable information on your needs, including boot size and flex.

Many inexperienced skiers purchase boots based on looks, so they match the outfits, or on a recommendation from a skiing buddy who thought they were the best boots ever made. Do not make this mistake. Think of your boots as being as individual as a fingerprint. What might be perfect for your ski partner could be a huge mistake for you.

Without professional assistance, most novice skiers get boots that are the wrong size. Buying ski boots is more involved than purchasing street shoes. Again, ask a professional at Ski Pro.

So many variables go into finding the right skis. Of course, start with your ski level, then the type of skier you are. Do you crave speed? Or do you prefer just to feel confident as you weave downhill? While ski conditions change greatly throughout the season, pick skis that will work best on where you ski the most often, not for that upcoming once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Alps. As with the ski boots, never buy the “hot product” because the Olympic champion skier uses it. That has no bearing on whether or not it is right for you.

Due to technology, selecting the correct ski length is much more complicated than in years past. Longer skis give you more stability, but at the expense of maneuverability. Other factors to consider are where you will be skiing, are frequency of skiing, and the skier’s height. Waist width will also go a long way in determining maneuverability.

While cost is always a consideration, you probably don’t need the most expensive gear . And be most careful with perceived bargains. The cheapest is not always the least expensive.

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