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How Much Dual Lock for Power Shells

dudedude Posts: 7 Baller
A friend set me up with PS5 bindings and they have 4 strips of 400 dual lock on the ski and 4 strips of 400 on the plate. The bindings feel great skiing but I am a little concerned they may not release in a bad fall. I am 5' - 10" tall and 180 pounds and ski into 35 off at 34 mph. Does the amount and type of dual lock I am using sound OK? What do similar sized skiers with similar ability use?

Note that I tried PS5's a few years ago and abandoned them due to pre-release issues and that is why my friend used the 400 dual lock. He said that is what is most everyone uses these days. However, I did note that Goode's website says if you use 400 the ski warranty is void because it may not release properly. Thanks.


  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,181 Mega Baller
    Search for it on BOS. Several good articles and even someone has developed a table to start with.
  • skierjpskierjp Posts: 759 Crazy Baller
    Just remember, dual lock does not last forever. After a few releases the duel lock needs removed ( not very easy ) and new installed. The question should be, when will the bindings release when least expected? This will be the hardest fall you have ever experienced.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,972 Mega Baller
    @scotchipman has a chart with recommendations.
    Mark Shaffer
  • jayskijayski Posts: 843 Mega Baller
    Been using 400 to 400 for quite a while and never had an issue, one just needs to make sure it's actually 'connected'
  • londonskierlondonskier Posts: 190 Baller
    I'm the same height/ weight as you. 4 strips of 250. 2 on ski and 2 on plate. Refer to Scott Chipmans guide for clear vs black. I've tried every type of glue remover mentioned here. The easiest and by far the best is silicone remover gel in a tube. Don't use 400. Replace after 6-8 removals or annually whichever comes first.
  • londonskierlondonskier Posts: 190 Baller
    Oops! Error in my last post. I meant to say, 4 strips of 250 on ski and 4 strips of 250 on the plate.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,523 Mega Baller
    I feel compelled to inform/remind everyone that a guy in WA formerly-known-as-@gator1 has developed a modification for Dual-Lock release systems that he believes makes them a lot safer. If anyone is interested in Gatormod, send me a private message and I'll get you in touch.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • BRYBRY Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
    I ran PS5's for three years and worked surprisingly well for me, I'm 6'1" and at the time 230. I simply covered the entire plate with 250 clear. Never had a pre-release and came off just fine the couple times I needed to each season. I did cut holes for where the boot bolts go through though. I did change it each year. PS5's were the only double hard shell I could seem to ski in as they allow the rear heel to come up, even with a tight arch buckle (gotta have that to be safe in a hard shell).
    I did have one fall where I lightly sprained my ankle when I crushed forward and sort of fell "through" the front boot. Not sure any boot would necessarily release in that one but did feel like the back was holding the front on. Just an issue with any single plate system, perhaps GatorMod would have fixed that.
    On Reflex with "R" rear, love it and feel I can get my hips forward easier. RTP was too free for me, heel kept sliding to edge of ski.
  • jayskijayski Posts: 843 Mega Baller
    @scotchipman no the ski I am on has issues with the inserts so I use it to keep the plate fastened solid, it is a reflex system. I also have 400/400 holding up all the blinds in my house as I have vinyl window jambs and I didn't want to drill holes through them...and @ work to hold up some floor tiles on a display wall..nothing's fallen yet!
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,640 Crazy Baller
    @scotchipman if a skier was skiing at slower speeds, do you recommend less Dual Lock than the chart above? At 28mph in an OTF fall there would be less force to release the Dual Lock than say at 34mph, correct?

    I am asking because a friend just bought his first set of powershells. He is 62yrs old and freeskis at 32mph and is trying the course at 28 or 30mph.
    In gear. Hit It. Thank You!
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,640 Crazy Baller
    @scotchipman I also was thinking about the age factor. Someone with a few years under their belt will not heal as quick too.
    In gear. Hit It. Thank You!
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