Here it is, the definitive answer to the most important question of th 21st Century: How many times can you put screws in and take screws out of Dynaift ski binding screw inserts before they strip?
I’ve mounted my Manaslu bindings twice. I took them all the way off, put them back on, then started running one screw in and out multiple times, tightening each time to the point where I felt it had proper tension for a binding mount. I got six more times before the screw stripped. So a total of eight.
At any rate, 8 EIGHT times is what I got. This is with a set of first generation inserts. Later inserts are said to be able to take more cycles, but not much more. Perhaps a dozen, this depending on how aggressively you torque the screws each time (just a bit too much torque, and that’s it, you’ll have a stripper.) Thus, I’d say a conservative rule of thumb is you can get six binding mounts out of a set of inserts before you’ll get at least one stripper.
Everyone, please refer to this post when this question rises. I’ll link it in FAQ’s and elsewhere.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.