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Binding setting/stance width vs turn initiation

Just bough a new snowboard flatline K2 Darkstar 155 - which is longer than I am used to. Also with longer effective edge than most of the boards of same size.

I am rather light around 65-67kg, 174cm, boot size only 7 US (6.5UK). I have small Burton Mission bindings.

Just wonder now what can I do with my binding setting to make turn initiation easier?

From what I read already:

- stance width narrower is easier for turns? I adjusted from original 22 to around 21

- gas pedal is it better to have it under the ball of the foot or rather as far to toe edge as possible?
I somehow think then closer to the ball of the foot will make it more responsive.

- highback angles is it better to have more forward lean on the front foot only?

Are there any binding angles that will make turning initiation easier?
(I know ride mostly +18, -3)

Any thoughts? Thanks
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Thats a big board. It should be fine.

What are you asking? I'm not sure that binding settings will really help your turn initiation. Speed helps. Just go faster.

- Stance width narrow will help when you are going slow, depends on the board. Try it out.
- Gas pedal: Adjust it so it fits the boot. Pulling it out further won't help. Also most, I'd say 80% of power is transfered via the ankle strap to the bindings base to the board. The gaspedal is just for the finer feel of your edge, I never found it to actually put any pressure in the edge noticeably.
- Highback: For backside turns it helps setting them with more lean if you can't hold an edge to carve.

You could defitetely try a bit more angle in the back, like -9.

My tip, put more pressure on the front binding when riding. Like around 60 to 70%. Turn the board around the front foot. Relax - Let the board do its job, don't fight it.
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ev13wt, this is also what I noticed (only had 3h on my new board int the snowdome).
It is ok with speed, but a bit stiff and hard to commit to turn when riding slow.
I just thought maybe a could tune my bindings a bit.
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ev13wt, this is also what I noticed (only had 3h on my new board int the snowdome).
It is ok with speed, but a bit stiff and hard to commit to turn when riding slow.
I just thought maybe a could tune my bindings a bit.
Sure, tuning is always good. Just tune one thing at a time. :P

Jump up in the air and land as if you where sliding with socks over a hardwood floor. Look down and notice your angles. See if those on your board match.

You are almost riding 0 in the rear, as I said maybe you could try more angle. It is more natural.
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