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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Downside of buying a wide board when you don't need one: Your heels and toes will not apply pressure to the edge of the board when you're leaning, thus decreasing efficiency and increasing required effort on your turns.
Downside of not buying a wide board when you need one: Your heels and toes will dig into the snow when you lean into a turn, either slowing you down on mild turns or causing loss of control on harder turns.
It's not just shoe size either. Some boots have a larger footprint for a given size, some boards are wider than others, and your binding angles affect whether you get overhang.
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