So I was browsing through posts today, looking for board reviews, and ran across a few posts about foot size and waist width. I have never really thought much about it, since I have small feet and never really needed to worry about overhang.
According to what I read at wiredsport.com, your foot size should be equal to or slightly larger than the width of your board at the binding contact points. Now, I have a tiny foot and this has piqued my curiosity, so I measured my bare foot against my board's width. My foot is 21.5 centimeters (Mondopoint measurement. Shoe size measures at a 3.5 wms) and there is a good 1.5-2 inches of space between my toes (when my heel is against my heel edge) and the toe edge of my Gnu B-street.
I have ridden a few boards over the last two seasons. Two boards felt good and two felt difficult to turn. I always blamed the turning problems on the torsional stiffness of the board, but now I'm wondering if the problems could have more to do with waist width than stiffness. Perhaps the torsional stiffness of a board is compounded by the additional width, making turning harder??? The boards I've turned easily: Ride Rapture and Gnu B-street. Boards I've found I've really had to "push" hard to get toeside: Never Summer Infinity-r and Arbor Eden.
2010 Gnu B-street 141: 273 tip/tail, 237 waist
2010 NS Infinity-r 145: 275 tip/tail, 234 waist
2009 Ride Rapture 143: 273.9 tip/tail, 237 waist
2009 Arbor Eden 144: 275 tip/tail, 234 waist
I provided tip/tail measurements as well as waist measurements because I know that the width of the binding contact point matters more than the wishy-washy "waist" width.
Sooo...is waist width making turning more difficult than it should be? What women's boards have the thinnest widths at the bindings? At this point, I am comfortable on my B-street, but am a bit of a equipment whore. I'd like to consider board width as I'm searching for the next addition to my quiver.