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Ok so i am 6 feet and weigh 165, what should my DIN be?
just kidding. this isnt that kind of thread. my real question is this: does it make a difference where (on the binding indicator) your din is set? by this i mean is a din of, say, 9 more secure on a 3.5-12 binding since it is nearer to the middle of the spring pressure than a din of 9 on a 9-16 binding? i kinda want to get a pair of sth 16s and i ride a 9, but would it be safer to get a sth 12 or 14? i kinda like lighter bindings. i know the din is "the same," but does the amount of stress (or lack thereof) on the spring matter?
I am just getting into park, i do about 85 15 park to all mountain. I am about 5'5" and 130lbs, what sized tall t should i get.
a general rule of thumb is that you shouldn't set your DIN with 2 settings of the maximum of the binding. but since this isn't your problem, there is somewhat of a "sweet spot" with the DIN for a binding. any settings that are very low or very high for a particular pair of bindings can sometimes be inaccurate and at times variable. this beings said, the DIN for the STH16 starts at 9. so you probably don't need something quite as burly as the 16. on the other hand, the STH12 isn't nearly as stable or reliable as the 14 or the 16. so i'd advise you to go with the STH14. you'll shave off a little extra binding and a little extra weight you may not need in the 16, and you'll stay away from the instability and possible pre-release of the 12.
i ski STH16s at a DIN of 11, but i've skied the STH14s at the same settings and they ride very similarly.
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