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Self-Release Method.

Self-Release Method  [1]                            


    Strong, fast, aggressive skiers and racers who need settings higher than the ‘recommended settings’ on the Howell Release Adjustment Chart can use the Self-Release Method to obtain special 'discretionary settings' — only when the method is used correctly.  The correct Self-Release Method also helps to assure that these special settings are not grossly overtightened / not too high — as is typical in the absence of using the Self-Release Method.

    First — together with your skis and boots — have your Howell SkiBindings mounted and adjusted by a Howell SkiBindings Qualified Ski Shop.

    Next, have the ski shop select your specific ‘pre-setting’ from the Howell Release Setting Chart [2].  Adjust the bindings to the chart’s recommended ‘pre-settings’.


Forward Heel Setting.

  • Stand on one foot with the boot firmly buckled as it is buckled during skiing.
  • The ski must not be held fixed.
  • Release the heel by assertively moving the top of the lower leg forward-and-downward — toward the near-forebody of the ski.  Not too fast.  Do not lunge forward with the opposite leg because this action can rupture the Achillies Tendon.  Hold the back of a turned-around dining-room chair to mitigate falling.
  • Readjust the heel setting until release occurs at your ‘comfort threshold’.
  • Do not repeat this test more than 4 times with one leg in one session.

    Lateral Toe Setting.

    • Place one ski on its inside edge by moving the knee slightly-inward;  place your weight on the ball of your foot;  then slowly but assertively — cause the toe of your boot to move inward toward the ground … to cause release.  Fast movement must be avoided because this action does not cause the desired effect that is necessary for proper selection of the ski binding’s setting.
    • Readjust the toe setting until release occurs at your ‘comfort threshold’.
    • Do not repeat this test more than 4 times with one leg in one session.

      Lateral Heel Setting.

            •  Match the lateral toe setting onto the lateral heel setting.


      WARNING!   Injury can occur during improper use of the Self-Release Method. During skiing, lowered release settings may cause inadvertent pre-release; increased settings may block necessary-release.


      Release Measurement.

          A Howell Qualified Ski Shop should (optionally) then measure the release of the complete ski-boot-binding system using release measuring instruments — lateral-toe;  forward-heel;  lateral-heel — as described in the Howell SkiBindings Technical Manual;   take appropriate service-action if necessary;  record the measurements;  provide a copy of the recorded measurements to you;  provide Howell SkiBindings in-box instructions to you.

          We recommend that you do not install or adjust your own Howell SkiBindings, yourself unless you are a Howell Qualified Technician — but we do recommend that you know what constitutes appropriate installation;  proper selection of the release settings; proper adjustment; and proper function — and what key factors might affect proper function.   Please see the complete in-box instructions that are supplied with Howell SkiBindings for all of the necessary information.

          Your Howell SkiBindings have been designed to release the ski from the boot laterally at the toe;  vertically as well as outward-laterally at the heel (3 modes) — and to retain the ski to the boot during controlled skiing maneuvers.  Despite these features, injury may result from simply falling down or from impact with an object.  An appropriately functioning ski binding may not release under all injury-producing circumstances.  Skiing, like all athletic endeavors, involves a certain degree of risk that must be recognized and accepted.  Additional information about the care and maintenance of Howell SkiBindings must be reviewed in the Howell SkiBindings in-box instructions — and can also be obtained on the website:  select ‘About Us’.


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      [1]  This optional Self-Release Method does not conform to ISO 8061 or to any ISO standards.

      [2]  The recommended settings on the Howell Release Adjustment Chart conform to ISO 8061 and conform to related provisions within ISO 9462.  Boots must conform to ISO 5355.  Howell SkiBindings are not compatible with AT ski boots.