Hi guys I'm currently riding a 2014 Burton Custom X 162W. It's a directional twin board with 25mm setback. My bindings are 2014 Cartel EST bindings and my boots are 2014 Driver X Boots(size 12). My height is 6'3 and I'm about 230 pounds.
I have some questions about this board even though I've had it since 2014/2015 season. I first bought this board because it was advertised as one of the best carving boards out there
(I started snowboarding in 2013 and currently my focus is on speed and carving)However, besides the lack of my ability to fully control this board, I deeply feel that I'm also doing something wrong with the setup thus not putting this board up its potential. I would say my skill level is currently intermediate - advanced, I can go down black runs and blues and try to do S turns at a lower speed, I can do it with full speed on green runes but I can feel that I'm not leaving just a single line behind me, def glide each time I try to switch edges.
problem, binding setups. I"ve tried multiple setups of bindings, initially I tried to have a centered stance(the center of bindings to tip & tail with equal distance) however after riding for a whole season without much improvements, I decided to give it a different setup today when i went on the runs. I went with the reference stance on the board(+15, -9 duck stand), when i measured the tip and tail, the distance of the front binding to the tip is much longer than the distance of the rear binding to the tail. I noticed a significant difference in riding style as I feel my center of weight is always in the back, no matter how much i try to put weight on the front leg. I also noticed that turn initiation is easier than if i were having centered stance, but it is harder to control the board at a higher speed. I wash out all the time whenever there's an icy spot and the board just doesn't feel comfortable going at higher speed on toe edge. My front leg muscle was also getting a lot of stress than normal, while on the runs I couldn't stop the board because my leg muscle was so sore. Right now as I'm typing this I also feel like i just did weighted squats single legged, its ridiculous.
problem, heel drag. I centered my bindings side wise to make sure it didn't hang over the board, however whenever i try to do a nice heel edge carving, i would lose all contact and just wash off right there. Should i push my bindings all the way up to the toe edge side? From my understanding having heel drag is worth than having toe drag.
problem of the runs. I did more research on this board and apparently its designed for powder and backcountry. I live in east coast and all we have is crappy manmade snow and the weather this season haven't really been helpful. If i'm doing groomed/hard packed snow most time, will I be able to ever take this snowboard to its full potential? And with that situation, am i better off with centered stance even it has a setback of 25mm? If not, please just let me know I fucked up and waste 1,000 dollars for this setup