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Optimal binding size question

Hi all,

How important is it to have a tight fit between boot and binding. I wear a size 11 boot, and bought a pair of '13 Restricted Malavitas . The guy at the store was adamant that I needed a large size binding, and being the idiot that I am, didn't bring in my boots to test them out and just took his advice. But after reading a few threads on the topic, it seems that maybe I should have opted for a medium.

When I'm strapped in and riding, I don't notice any movement and it feels secure, but there is some room between the side of the sole and the side wall of the binding (maybe 0.5 - 1.0 cm).

Am I over thinking this, or should I try to get a medium?
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Hi all,

How important is it to have a tight fit between boot and binding. I wear a size 11 boot, and bought a pair of '13 Restricted Malavitas . The guy at the store was adamant that I needed a large size binding, and being the idiot that I am, didn't bring in my boots to test them out and just took his advice. But after reading a few threads on the topic, it seems that maybe I should have opted for a medium.

When I'm strapped in and riding, I don't notice any movement and it feels secure, but there is some room between the side of the sole and the side wall of the binding (maybe 0.5 - 1.0 cm).

Am I over thinking this, or should I try to get a medium?
Unless your boots are particularly bulky, medium size should be sufficient and might give you slightly better board flex - but it is best to try.

How well are your boots centered across the board with the large bindings? Did you have to use the off-center holes in the binding disks (unless your are on EST)?
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Unless your boots are particularly bulky, medium size should be sufficient and might give you slightly better board flex - but it is best to try.

How well are your boots centered across the board with the large bindings? Did you have to use the off-center holes in the binding disks (unless your are on EST)?
I've got about a 3cm overhang on the heel, and about a 1.5cm overhang on the toe. I'm on EST and am on the centered reference position. I'm riding a 162W Custom, with a 260mm waist width.

Right now the toe ramp had a very small overhang, maybe 2 - 3mm.
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I've got about a 3cm overhang on the heel, and about a 1.5cm overhang on the toe. I'm on EST and am on the centered reference position. I'm riding a 162W Custom, with a 260mm waist width.

Right now the toe ramp had a very small overhang, maybe 2 - 3mm.
See whether you can center the boots - 3/4cm offset is considerable (but not the end of the world).
The toe ramp sounds too long. Is it on the shortest setting already.

Also, what boots are those - 4.5cm total overhang with a size 11 boot on a wide board is unusually much.
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See whether you can center the boots - 3/4cm offset is considerable (but not the end of the world).
The toe ramp sounds too long. Is it on the shortest setting already.

Also, what boots are those - 4.5cm total overhang with a size 11 boot on a wide board is unusually much.
The toe ramp is on the 2nd shortest settings (as in, it can go one more shorter). I tried the shortest setting when I was first messing around with it, but it didn't seem to follow the curvature of the boot as nicely as the 2nd from last. Is that important?

I have this year's Thirty Two Lashed boots. I just remeasured. I may have overestimated a bit. It's probably more like 4.0cm total overhang.
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The raised part of the ramp should be contacting the area on your boot where the ball of your foot is. It looks better out by your toe, but won't give you any extra leverage and makes the bindings larger than necessary.
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if you're in a fairly modern Burton boot, you should be in a Medium but could ride either size though the Large will have slightly more slop.
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if you're in a fairly modern Burton boot, you should be in a Medium but could ride either size though the Large will have slightly more slop.
I guess my question is if the added benefit of having a better fitting binding is worth the effort of trying to get a medium, or should I just be happy with the large?

Also, what exactly does "slop" refer to?
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Slop is play and unwanted movement or shifting in the system. similar to saying that if a shoe is slightly too big, it fits sloppy. a slang term referring to the sloshing about of "slop" the waste food scraps fed to pigs.

And unless you're really bothered by any additional or unwanted movement, you're fine in a large but medium will fit better assuming you are in a fairly modern Burton boot. if your in most any Vans or DC or some Nike; then a large would likely be most appropriate.
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