Bindings are a vital part of the ski equipment that "locks" the boot to the ski and cannot be omitted from the equipment set-up. Instructions on mounting Marker bindings come with the packaging, and while it is recommended go to a certified technician for installation, it is perfectly acceptable to install them yourself. This article will give you the instructions to get you started and out on the slopes in no time.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Ski bindings (foot and heel pieces)
- Both skis
- Ski boots
- Drill with drill bits of various sizes
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Flat head screwdriver
- Permanent marker
- Epoxy glue
Insert the toe of the ski boot into the rounded toe piece of the binding; this is the piece with a vertical set of numbers under a piece of clear plastic on top. You will use this as a visual guide as well as your ruler. Center the boot along the width of your ski.
Use the permanent marker to make a small dot through each screw hole. These marks will indicate where you will be drilling and attaching the binding to the ski. Mark where the heel of the boot lays, as well. Do not let the boot or binding slide around; it must be precise. Remove the boot from the toe piece of the binding and set aside.
Match the screws provided with the Marker bindings to your power drill bits. Pick one that is slightly smaller, mount it onto your drill and lock into place.
Drill the screw halfway down into each mark you made in Step 2. Be very careful not to push all the way down or you will drill through the entire ski, ruining it.
Squeeze and fill the holes halfway with the epoxy glue. Fill the hole only 3/4 of the way, not all the way to the top.
Place the toe piece of the binding over the holes you have just drilled. Insert the screws into the holes and screw down firmly. Some glue will likely come out around the edges; if this happens, just wipe it away with a damp cloth. Allow the glue to dry completely before inserting the boot and using the ski.
Following steps 1 through 6, repeat the process for the heel part of the Marker binding.
Start on the next ski by repeating Steps 1 through 6 on the opposite ski. Let the glue dry completely, anywhere from 4 to 24 hours, before using the skis.
Adjust the DIN settings by taking a flathead screwdriver and inserting it into the screw found on the front edge of the toe binding piece. Turn clockwise until you have reached the setting you want. See the warnings for an explanation of ski DIN settings if you do not know how to calculate your number.
Tips and warnings
- If you have a precision-depth drill bit, use it for this install. It will not let you drill past the depth you specify.
- Marker's official website does not give installation instructions and recommends that you take their bindings to a certified ski technician. These instructions are a guideline and any specific directions that come with the bindings themselves should be followed and taken into consideration.
- The DIN setting is a number based on a skier's height, weight, boot length, level of experience and age. It is highly advisable after installing bindings to have a ski technician set the proper DIN setting, as it will determine how easily the binding will release the foot after the skier falls. Too high of a setting is not good for inexperienced skiers, and too low of a setting can cause possible injury due to the ski release being too loose.
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