When it comes to ski technology, there is no shortage of terms, ratings, and measurements to decipher. To help make your life a little easier, we’ve broken down a few of the most important ski technologies to understand—ski binding release force setting, ski camber and rocker, and waterproof and breathability ratings.
Ski camber and rocker profiles have a major impact on how a ski performs in different snow conditions. Knowing what to look for and which ski profile is right for you comes down to a number of factors you should know before making a decision.
Your binding’s release force setting refers to the tension of the spring in the toe and heel piece. Ideally, this spring has enough tension to keep your boots properly interfaced with your bindings during any normal skiing motion, and just enough give to allow your boots to release from the bindings when your motions become abnormal and dangerous.
Manufacturers use a lot of different numbers when describing the waterproofing and breathability of outerwear. We break down what all those numbers mean, so you know what jacket will work best for the conditions you’ll face in the mountains.