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Old 12-04-2010, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ride's wedgie footbed - does it work, and can it help to reduce knee stress?

I posted this question embedded in a different thread (k2 indy or ride ex), but thought I would get more feedback if I just started another thread. I did a quick search, and there is some stuff I could find, but wanted to see if I could drum up more. The stuff I found didn't really answer my question.

So, Ride advertises that the wedgie footbed helps to create a more 'natural stance'. It supposedly helps comfort, control, and pop. I asked the guy at one of the local shops regarding this, and he said it is kinda gimmicky. It might help; at best, it's subtle and not a big thing to consider when choosing bindings. I am assuming he meant all aspects of what it is supposed to help (comfort, control, pop). But, another guy at a different shop said his buddy got something similar (had a custom footbed made though), and it really helps his knees when riding.

I am just wondering what you guys/gals who ride Ride bindings with a wedgie footpads think. I really don't care about the pop aspect. The control aspect, well, that would be extra benefit. It's the comfort aspect I am after - especially reducing knee stress. Any riders out there who can confirm this? I get some knee stress/strain, but notice it the day after I ride, not really on the hill. But, cutting down on this would be great cause I don't want bad knees one day. I know getting a custom footbed would probably be best, but does the wedgie footbeds reduce knee strain/stress?
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Logically they should add comfort.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think they're a godsend, as they relieved pain at my 5th metatarsal heads by preventing my feet from wanting to slide laterally. Not subtle or gimmicky at all. I have a couple pair of Ride bindings and some K2 Auto Evers that are canted, and it would be hard for me to buy a flat binding from here on out.

I don't know how they affect my control or pop (I have questionable amounts of each), but they most definitely add comfort.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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so...where were these helpful links when I was originally searching?? no idea....I just stumbled across them. But, I do have some more questions.

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/bin...they-make.html

http://www.snowboardingforum.com/bin...like-deal.html

So, seems the consensus is that it is noticeable for sure. And, a few comments saying those with knee/joint stress should definitely use them.

I guess it is up to angles for me now.

Has anybody tried different angles of wedgies?? That's a long shot, but you never know. I was looking at picking up the Ride ex, but not sure the 1.5 is gonna impact the knees like the 2.5 or the 3.0 will.

Can anyone give feedback whether they have gotten reduced knee/joint stress from the 1.5 cant?

If you've only ridden a 2.5 cant or larger, I still would like to hear your experiences. Just let me know the binding you've ridden.
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I'm using the 390 bosses with maximum cant and find that they are helpful overall. Years of riding with a ducked out wide stance has caused issues with my "Q" angles and has created an acute ankle angle--making me prone to ankle roll. Riding with canted footbeds creates a more natural leg position. Gimmicky to some, helpful to me. Going forward,I will probably only use canted footbeds.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not a gimmick. You will notice it after 4 hours of hard riding vs a non canted foot bed.

Pop and other stuff is more marketing to me, didn't really change anything there. But my kees feel better.
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Man I need to find a store around me that sells EVA foam so I can attempt making my own canted footbeds.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would like to see more companies incorporate footbed canting into their bindings...It's long overdue.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Man I need to find a store around me that sells EVA foam so I can attempt making my own canted footbeds.
I agree. After riding on my 390 Bosses its going to be very hard to ride on my other board with regular 390s. I was contemplating buying another pair of Bosses today, my bank account disagreed.
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I have the Ride Ex bindings and i am not a good rider by any means but i was not sore all day in my knees and such and i could tell the difference between them and cheap rental flat bindings. like i said tho im still a beginner but i think they were a good investment for me
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