Fitting a ski properly to your foot requires a three-part system: The actual ski itself, the ski boot, and the ski binding. The ski bindings you select are perhaps the most important part of the trio. Not only do they act as the important intermediary between your foot and the ski, but having the right amount of pivot, but control and balance makes the difference between a smooth, safe run and a “Dude, that sucked” trip to the ER in a helicopter (though being air-lifted across the mountain might be pretty cool). Your call.
For people who want to remain safe from shattered and splintered bones, quality ski bindings are a must. Finding something that is literally a perfect fit should be very important to you, and luckily you do have a lot to choose from. You can choose ski bindings made of different material, such as composite, aluminum, and other types of metal. You can also choose from a broad range of adjustable features for height, boot size, weight, and more. And if you’re an all-day skier, you can also find ski bindings with Hike & Ride switch features, so you can walk around in your equipment.
Ski bindings come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure you grab something that suits your particular taste, equipment, and riding style. Some bindings are for Alpine and downhill skis, while others are for freestyle riding. No pair will magically keep your head out of the snow, but the right gear will help you stave off disaster.
2014 Ski Bindings