DIN Calculator – Setting for Ski Bindings

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The DIN setting that can be found on your ski bindings is an industry-wide scale that sets the release force for ski bindings on an impact. To help reduce the risk of injury, ski bindings are designed to release in the event of a fall.

Advanced or expert skiers have a higher release force because their skiing style is more aggressive and the ski is exposed to more forces.

For new or beginner skiers their DIN setting is lower so that the ski safely detaches in the event of a fall or impact.

Use the free DIN calculator above to detemine the range to set your ski bindings. The number depends on your height, weight, boot size and age as well as your style and level of skiing ability.

Skier Types:

  • Type -1 (neg. 1)
    For settings lower than settings for a Type 1 skier.
    ATTENTION: INAPPROPRIATE for skiers 38 lbs. and under!
  • Type 1
    Cautious (Novice)
    (Low release force, lighter retention settings, wide release margin)
  • Type 2
    Average or Moderate (Advanced)
    (Average release force, average retention settings, average release margin)
  • Type 3
    Aggressive and High speed (Expert)
    (High release force, high retention settings, narrow release margin)
  • Type 3+
    For settings higher than settings for a Type 3 skier.

Always have your bindings checked and adjusted by a certified ski technician. 

Author: Simon Naylor

Hi – I’m Simon, I started NewToSki.com to write about everything I wish someone had told me when I started learning to ski.