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This may seem like a very basic question but i've heard that you need to make your highbacks parallel to the heel edge of your board? There are no real board shops near me and some people tell me i should and some people tell me i shouldn't, i'm a newb and i dont really know anyone who boards so im figuring all this stuff out on my own thanks
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This may seem like a very basic question but i've heard that you need to make your highbacks parallel to the heel edge of your board? There are no real board shops near me and some people tell me i should and some people tell me i shouldn't, i'm a newb and i dont really know anyone who boards so im figuring all this stuff out on my own thanks
I do because it decreases calf bite and reduces the pressure on my knees. Your legs want to flex inwards ergonomically to your body. The angles of your bindings push your highbacks in the way and press into your calves. Turning them allows your legs to flex naturally.
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I do it as well. I didn't in the past and I find that I dont' get tired as quickly after making this change. Some people don't bother with it. Try it and see if you like it, if you don't then switch back.

I doubt that too many people on this board will tell you not to do this, although some might say it doesn't matter that much and others will say it makes a big difference. My experiences was that there was a small benefit to this.
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I do it as well. In my opinion it's not a must but it is definitely noticeable when riding.
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Lots of talk about this recently. I personally rotate mine to be parallel. As others have stated, there was a small benefit. Mostly reducing calf bite and allowed me to transfer a bit more energy onto the heel edge. Others will say it did nothing for them, but make the bindings harder to fold down and store. Id say just try it man.
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I also do this, it's just more comfortable all around. Like extremo said, easier on the knees and calves.
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Yep calf bite reduction is the number one reason for me. Depends on the highback design but some it seems absolutely necessary. I also feel like it lets your tweak a bit easier and is less in the way for nose/tail presses and ollies.
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Being a noob I don't think you'll notice a difference wither way. Do it if you want, adjusting bindings is a great way to learn about how everything affects your riding, but I wouldn't say that you have to.

I've done it to all my bindings except my current ones (diodes), because frankly I'm paranoid of cracking the things!
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