Whether you are a skier or snowboarder, your bindings are the second most important investment you will make. You will want to take care of your bindings to avoid frequent and expensive replacement. While each has its own set of maintenance and care to follow, here are a few tips from Christy Sports to help you make your bindings last longer.
Ski bindings are the performance link between your boots and your skis. For your safety, they release you from the ski when pressure exerted on them exceeds the release settings. Bindings, then, are perhaps the most important piece of equipment to regularly replace. Bindings have a lot of moving pieces that can wear out, resulting in a poor connection between the skier and their skis, not to mention the dangers of not releasing or pre-releasing.
When should I replace my ski bindings?
Each season the ski industry releases a list of “indemnified bindings” that are still covered by manufacturers. This means there are actually bindings each year that, according to the manufacturers, cannot be skied anymore due to safety issues. While it might sound like a trick to get you to buy new bindings, it’s really intended to keep skiers safe. If you think your bindings might be too old, stop by any of our Christy Sports locations and our certified techs are happy to help you determine if they are still indemnified.
Bindings also simply wear out. Just as ski boots must pass a visual inspection by a certified tech when you have your bindings torque tested to ASTM standards (American Society for Testing and Materials), bindings must also pass a visual inspection. If anything is broken or missing on your bindings they will not pass visual inspection. For example, if your AFD is scratched up and worn down, your bindings will not pass visual inspection.
This all comes down to safety once again. Broken and worn out bindings will not function properly, which means your bindings might not release when they should or might pre-release, both of which can cause serious injury. If your bindings are this old, chances are they are either not on the indemnified list and cannot legally be adjusted by a ski tech, or are simply in unsafe working condition.
There are, of course, additional factors that can play into needing new equipment. Perhaps you just bought ski boots with Grip Walk soles and your bindings don’t support multiple sole types (many bindings even just over 2-3 years old will not), then it’s time for new bindings. Multiple binding mounts to your skis are also a factor. Different bindings use different hole patterns, which can sometimes conflict with each other. So, be strategic about your re-mounts as your bindings may not be able to be set where you need them to ski safely.
What about snowboard bindings?
Unlike ski bindings, snowboard bindings do not need to make an “indemnified” list to determine their replacement. Rather, snowboard bindings tend to be the longest lasting piece of equipment you will own, as long as taken care of properly.
Snowboard binding technology doesn’t change much from season to season – at least not recently. With the smallest amount of regular maintenance, your bindings can last for years. The only time you really need to replace your bindings is if they start to crack or break. But of course, you can always decide to upgrade to the latest style or technology!
Skier or rider, if you have any doubts as to if your bindings need to be replaced, before the season kicks off, pop in at any of our Christy Sports locations and our certified techs are happy to help determine what’s best for you. Ride safely out there!