Bindings are complicated. As REI explains, bindings are designed to allow your boots to release from the skis to avoid injuring legs. They are also the devices that allow you to steer your skis. For those reasons, it’s imperative to have bindings mounted and adjusted correctly.
For those considering binding installation as a DIY project, read the warranty on your bindings first. Doing the work yourself may void the warranty.
Most ski shops will mount bindings on skis. If you have a choice of shops, go to the most reputable one. A bad mount job can make skiing more difficult, or worse, cause injury.
When you take your gear into a shop for mounting, the technician will ask for your weight, height, age and skier type. For skier type, you’ll choose among three descriptions of your skiing: cautious, moderate or aggressive.
Don’t fudge on your answers. They provide the data the shop needs to properly adjust the settings for the toe and heelpiece of your bindings.In addition to your bindings and skis, the technician will need a boot. Bindings must fit snugly to your specific boots. Your ski buddy’s boot won’t work. Only one boot is needed. The technician can use the same boot for mounting, adjusting and testing both bindings.