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Setting your ski bindings

It's important that the ski bindings of your skis are set correctly. First there's safety: to prevent injuries like broken legs or ligament injury the binding should open when there's too much strain on the lower leg. At the same time you want to ski comfortably; the binding shouldn't open unnecessarily.
Optimum binding settings basically depend on your weight and ski skills.

The following table is taken from the ski binding setting's instruction sheet used by Decathlon .

    MEN (see settings for women)
    shoe size (European)
    < 34 34 - 35 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 > 44

weight
(kg)

10 - 17   ¾        
18 - 21 1 ¼ 1 ¾      
22 - 25 1 ½ 1 ¼ 1 ¼ 1    
26 - 30 2 1 ¾ 1 ½ 1 ¼ 1 ¼  
31 - 35 2 ½ 2 ¼ 2 1 ¾ 1 ½ 1 ½
36 - 41 3 2 ¾ 2 ½ 2 ¼ 2 1 ¾
42 - 48   3 ½ 3 ¼ 2 ¾ 2 ½ 2 ¼
49 - 57   4 ¼ 4 3 ¾ 3 ½ 3
58 - 66   5 ½ 5 4 ½ 4 3 ½
67 - 78   6 ½ 6 5 ½ 5 4 ½
79 - 94   7 ½ 7 6 ½ 6 5 ½
> 94     8 ½ 8 7 6 ½
      10 9 ½ 8 8
      11 ½ 11 10 9 ½

Adjustments

Skier profile Required adjustments
adult novice; skier older than 50 apply the higher line
novice (children and younger than 25)
advanced skier with less than adequate condition
good skier with swift style for whom safety is important
no adjustment required
young good skier with swift style
advanced skier with good condition
apply the lower line
good skier with aggressive style on any terrain apply the line two down
very good skier, off-piste apply the line three down