How to choose ski bindings

The choice of ski bindings is often overlooked when purchasing ski equipment. Yet these small parts are of crucial importance in ensuring both your safety and your performance on the slopes. In this article, we offer you a complete guide to help you choose your ski bindings according to your level, budget and expectations.

Why are they so important?

Ski bindings play a major role in transmitting the skier's movements to the skis. They also enable the skis to be released automatically when the pressure exerted by the skier exceeds a certain threshold, thus preventing injury.

Criteria to take into account

To choose the right ski bindings, several criteria must be taken into account:

Skier level

There are different types of bindings for every level of practice:

  • Ski bindings for beginners: designed for maximum safety with easy release.
  • Bindings for intermediate skiers: they offer a good compromise between performance and safety.
  • Bindings for experts: these give priority to performance and control, with easier release to avoid untimely removal.

The skier's weight

The release value of the bindings (also known asthe "DIN") must be adapted to the skier's weight. A value that is too high will prevent release in the event of a fall, while one that is too low will lead to unintentional release. Binding manufacturers generally provide tables to help you determine the ideal DIN value for your weight.

Ski width

It is important to choose bindings with ski brakes adapted to the width of the skis. If the brakes are too narrow, they may not brake the skis properly in the event of kick-off, whereas if they are too wide, they may interfere with turning or cause loss of control.

Type of practice

Depending on your type of skiing (alpine, touring, freeride, etc.), you'll need specific bindings with different features:

  • Alpine ski bindings: they ensure good force transfer and are designed to withstand the high pressures of fast descents.
  • Touring ski bindings: lightweight and mobile, they are particularly suitable for ascents and descents in varied terrain.
  • Freeride bindings: tough and high-performance, they're ideal for skiers who like to venture off the beaten track.

Trigger value (DIN value)

DIN adjustment position for Women

DIN adjustment position for men


 Adjusting the DIN setting to suit the skier's profile

Ski boot size in mm

You'll find this information on the heel of your shoe! 

If not, measure the length in millimeters of the sole (heel to toe) of your ski boot. Make sure you don't confuse the sole size in millimeters with your boot size (e.g. 24, 24.5, 28, 28.5, 29, etc.).

In conclusion, choosing the ideal ski bindings is essential to ensuring a safe and confident experience on the slopes. We hope this buying guide has provided you with the information you need to make an informed decision based on your skill level, skiing style and specific needs.

However, don't forget that bindings are only one piece of the ski equipment puzzle. For the best possible skiing experience, it's crucial to consider your equipment as a whole. To find out more about selecting the perfect ski boots, check out our dedicated"How to choose ski boots" buying guide. What's more, if you're looking for advice on how to choose the right pair of skis for your skiing style, don't forget to check out our guide"Which program to choose for your pair of skis".

Ultimately, whether you're a beginner skier looking to improve your skills or a seasoned expert, choosing the right ski bindings is a crucial step in maximizing your enjoyment on the snowy slopes.
The entire HawaiiSurf team wishes you an exceptional and safe ski season. Get ready, get equipped, and enjoy every run!