For DIN, beginners and children use lower settings. Hence, the bindings will release more easily.
For adult beginning or intermediate skiers, the number may be bumped higher to accommodate the increased weight, somewhere between 3-10. Otherwise, their weight alone would cause them to slide out of their bindings on every turn.
Advanced skiers will use even higher DIN settings, which take more force to release. Skiers who like speed and jumping off terrain park features might need to go with a higher setting of 6-14.
Racers, professional skiers and big mountains skiers use the highest settings, around 8-18. The higher the setting, the greater the risk and the more you must rely on your skills to bail you out of a twisting fall.
Sometimes skiers up their DIN to prevent pre-releasing or slipping out of the bindings before a big fall. But, cranking up the DIN can result in a torn ACL or broken leg. Other skiers view having higher DINs as a bragging right.
This should not be viewed that way though. Unnecessarily high DIN settings only invite injury.
To find your DIN, consult a DIN chart or use a DIN calculator. The charts give approximate DIN ranges, while the calculators pinpoint a number. Add your weight, height, age, skier type and boot sole length to arrive at your DIN.
TESTING THE BINDINGS
Your certified ski technician will test the release of the boots from the bindings. Since the toe binding releases with a twisting motion and the heelpiece releases with a sharp forward force, technicians mimic these actions to ensure the bindings release.
You should also test your bindings. With your boots on your feet, step into the binding and push down to set them. Then, take your ski pole to press down on your back binding to release yourself. If you can’t release them, you may need a lower DIN setting. If it’s too easy to release, you may need a higher setting.
Seasoned skiers get their bindings re-tested every year by certified technicians. That way, if something has changed, as in weight or height, the technician can make the necessary adjustments to keep you safer on the slopes.
Don’t worry if all of these DIN and binding stuff are too overwhelming. That’s why shops employ certified technicians. When you take your gear in to a certified technician, they’ll do all the work for you.