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Old 02-12-2010, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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when i have my boots on and i am strapped in and even when my binding straps are all the way tightened, i can still move my foot around quite a bit and i can get my heel of my boot off the binding too. i have ridden like this basically forever but just noticed it the other day and was wondering is it supposed to be like this and if not how can it affect my riding?
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It should not be lifting too much. This affects your riding by taking away some of your control when carving. It might be that you have the wrong size bindings
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This affects your riding by taking away some of your control when carving.
only when carving? are you using the word correctly?: What is carving?

to the op, having ill-fitting boots will affect your riding fundamentally. poorly fitting boots result in movement of your feet not being translated into movement of your board. getting a pair of boots which fit correctly will improve your riding immediately.

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are you using the word correctly?
Yes, the stiffer the boot and the more contact with the binding equal greater response and therefore making it easier to initaite the turn, get up on an edge, and carve
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^ fair enough. i think that ill-fitting boots will translate to poorer performance in most turns, not just carves.

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I am pretty sure my boot size is correct but I still have some heel lift. I am thinking about getting one size smaller but it is very uncomfortable. Any suggestion?
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The best way to check quickly is, does your heel lift out at all (even slightly) when you step with the boot or does this only happen strapped it?
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No heel lift that way. I only have problem on very steep toe side turn. I am on my 3rd pair of boots so I am pretty sure I got my size right.
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I am pretty sure my boot size is correct but I still have some heel lift. I am thinking about getting one size smaller but it is very uncomfortable. Any suggestion?
The boots may not be the wrong size, they may simply be the wrong boot for your feet. I have a narrow heel and I get heel lift in 95% of snowboard boots. You just gotta keep trying until you find a pair that works. Do you have narrow feet? Have you ever had heel lift issues in hiking boots, etc? If so, I suggest checking out the Salomon F series boots. If not, you may just have a pair of boots that run on the wide side. What boots do you have?
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Old 02-13-2010, 02:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have Vans Fargo. My foot is not narrow but maybe my heel is.
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