GET THE RIGHT BINDING SETUP
Bill porter of performance Ski & Surf (perfski.com) of Orlando, Florida, has sold thousands of bindings, so he knows what’s up in regard to getting the right setup. Bill puts his experience to use to help get your feet into the correct pair of boots.
What Is Your Ability Level?
The first step is to assess your current ability level and where you hope to take your skiing. You should select a binding configuration within this range. For instance, if you’re just learning to get up on a slalom ski, a double hard-boot setup would be far from ideal. It’s never wrong to up your performance level with new gear — as long as it’s within reason.
Who Will Be Using the Bindings?
Whether or not one or more additional people will be using your new boots will affect the decision-making process. There is no benefit to a fully moldable liner if several pairs of feet will be in and out of the bindings. You may have to make a small sacrifice in performance if several feet sizes and shapes will be using your boots.
Fit Is First
correctly sizing your boots is the best way to prevent injury. An ill-fitting boot will be less comfortable and could fail to release properly. Today’s boots are designed with comfort and function in mind. Gone are the days when running boots a few sizes too small is necessary to get optimum edge control. Always follow your manufacturer’s sizing guidelines.
Get ’Em Wet First
Whenever possible, find a shop that will allow you to demo a pair of boots before you put down your cash. If you’re upgrading to a newer binding style, you will not feel comfortable straight out of the box. It will likely take a few sets to learn where to push and how to move in them.
Work With a Shop You Trust
You want to pick a pro shop that’s in a position to sell a number of different bindings from a number of different manufacturers. You want a shop staffed with skiers who use the products themselves and can give credible advice on how to narrow your search.