***Disclaimer*** It is best and we recommend having your skis adjusted and mounted by a professional technician at a ski shop. Your safety is important and comes first.
Adjusting ski bindings isn't difficult, but it does need to be done properly to ensure safety. To do so there are just a few things you need to know and you'll be swapping skis with your buddies on the hill in no time. Now there is a difference between adjusting and remounting; difference being on a remount the bindings need to come off and be repositioned on the ski. Adjusting has to do with adjusting the heel piece on flat mounted skis or the toe and heel if it's a system ski (integrated binding system).
In this blog I'll be going over adjusting and setting the forward pressure for flat mounted skis with Marker Bindings. Obviously the bindings need to be adjusted so you can click your boot in but they need to have the forward pressure set properly so the binding works properly. Below is a photo of Eric's boot clicked into a Marker Griffon with the forward pressure set properly.
The forward pressure indicator on the back of most Marker Bindings (Squire, Griffon, Jester, Jester Pro, Comp 16 etc) is the silver screw on the back of the black heel piece housing. In the photo above you can see the screw is flush with the black binding housing while the boot is clicked in, indicating that the foward pressure is set properly. If it's too loose, meaning the heel piece is too far back that screw will be sticking out as seen in the image below indicating that the forward pressure is too low.
Too get the forward pressure set properly grab your favorite phillips or flathead screw driver and turn the screw clockwise (righty tighty) until the screw is flush with the housing. Eject the ski boot from the binding then click it back in and double check to make sure that screw is flush with the housing. You don't want it to be to tight or it will look like the image below.
In the above image the forward pressure indicator aka the silver screw is inside the black housing the back of the binding indicating that the forware pressure too high. Grab that trusty screw driver and loosen it up so you can be safe out there. Take the boot out click it back in if that screw is flush with the binding housing your forward pressure is set properly.
If you can't get the forward pressure set properly or it seems that the bindings need to be remounted on the ski take 'em to your local shop and have them do it for you. Mounting and Remounting skis is a more involved process and it is VERY important that it is done properly.
Let's say you did get the forward pressure set properly on your bindings... Now it's time to set the DIN's.
In the above images is the heel piece on the Marker Griffon. The image on the left shows the Visual indicator window displaying what the DIN is currently set at. Eric has his bindings set at an 8. Too raise or lower the DIN grab that same screw driver you used before to set the forward pressure and set your DIN's.
Know you may be asking 'How do I know what my DIN is supposed to be?' If you find yourself asking that question, go take your skis to a shop and have them get your bindings dialed in for you. Once you know what your DIN is supposed to be for a certain binding (It does differ a bit from brand to brand) you'll know what to set your bindings at for next time.
The one thing that I want you to take away from this blog is knowing what it means to have your forward pressure set properly. When skiers pre-release out of there bindings forward pressure being set incorrectly is often the culprit. If it is set properly the DIN's are most likely too low. AND sometimes... sometimes... it's extremely rare, but you could have a lemon of a ski binding.