Remember: check your ski bindings
SKI bindings need to be checked with your boots at least once or twice a season.
As we all know bindings don’t always release when you fall particularly when it’s at slower speeds.
There are several adjustments that should be checked
Skiers and snowboarders alike need to check their bindings from time to time.
Ski bindings are subject to heaps of vibrations and as such you can find that some of the boot to binding adjustments can go out of whack, causing your bindings to either release prematurely or even not at when they should.
The din / release setting can move.
If you’ve changed boot length or your weight has varied since the last time you used your skis means it’s time to have your bindings checked and adjusted by a qualified ski tech.
The mounting screws of snowboard bindings can work loose too.
This can cause your bindings to move on your board when you least want it to.
There are so many other screws and nuts that can come loose.
The worst thing that can happen is a component failure while riding and you end up walking. So check all those screws. A great idea is to carry one of many pocket binding tools.
How long should ski bindings last?
In theory they should last for years and years but the binding manufacturers suggest that to useful life is from 8 to 10 years.
In fact every year they produce a list of bindings that they recommend can still be used safely and that technicians are permitted to adjust.
I don’t know how often I’ve had to suggest to a client who has pulled some older skis out of the storage cupboard to rent skis rather than use some bindings.
Snowboard bindings don’t have the safety issues as do ski bindings but the plastics they are made of do deteriorate due to UV exposure over time.
If there are signs of the plastic cracking or the surface goes powdery it’s time to replace them before they break entirely. Happy riding. Peter Haley, Bumps Snow Surf Skate.