- The Look Pivot 18's have long been the go-to binding for freeriders demanding the best performance and burliest construction, but very few truly need such a high DIN. Enter the Look Pivot 15 GW Ski Bindings, combining the stout all-metal construction of the 18's with a DIN range better suited to the vast majority of skiers. With its pivoting heel, long elastic travel, ultra short mounting footprint, and bomber impact resistance, it's easy to see why skiers have been begging Look to make this binding.
- When choosing a binding there’s a lot out there and things can get confusing in a hurry. Here’s a few things to keep in mind that’ll keep you on the right track.
First off, if you can determine your DIN setting do so. This is calculated using your height, weight, skier ability, age and the length of your ski boot (boot sole length or BSL). You can determine yours using the chart below. Some people set their bindings above or below the recommended setting depending on their preference.
Second, once you have identified your DIN setting you’ll want to select a binding in which your recommended setting falls in the middle of the available range. So if you have a recommended setting of 8 you’ll want a binding that goes down to 6 or lower and up to at least 10. That way you aren’t using your bindings on the edge of what they can handle.
Third, you’ll want to determine which you prefer: retention or release. If you are more concerned with twisting your knees up in a bad crash and want to make sure your bindings release before you hurt your knees than you favor release. If you are skiing aggressively and regularly put yourself into situations where losing a ski when you don’t expect to could be catastrophic and put you at risk of substantial injury then you favor retention. This isn’t to say that your bindings will not release just that when given the preference of one over the other you’d prefer to keep your skis on. Those who favor release are fine in most bindings such as the Look Pivot 12 or most bindings that have DIN ranges up to around 12. For those who favor retention a higher DIN binding is typically preferred such as the Look Pivot 14. For those who prefer retention and spend a substantial amount of time airbourne, or ski VERY aggressively in situations where impacts occur at higher speeds higher DIN bindings with metal constructions are preferred such as Look Pivot 15 and 18.
Both the Pivot 15 and Pivot 18 incorporate a full metal toe piece. That means they are more resilient to impacts and offer more dampening in harsh conditions. They also don’t have a vertical release in the toe meaning that if you back slap your skis stay on. Great for people comfortable recovering from that sort of thing, if that sounds scary than the Pivot 15 or Pivot 18 isn’t for you.