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|02-01-2014 09:55 AM|
Are you mounting the discs that way to center yourself on the board as ridinbend asked? If so, can you switch the disc and then adjust the heel cup to center your feet on the board? You'd end up messing with the fit of the binding of course, but you could adjust the straps to compensate.
|01-31-2014 11:15 PM|
Originally Posted by CassMT View Post
|01-31-2014 11:11 PM|
|CassMT||i don't know my stance width or even how to measure it|
|01-31-2014 11:09 PM|
|01-31-2014 11:06 PM|
Originally Posted by jojotherider View Post
|01-31-2014 10:14 PM|
Haha sorry JoJo you make a good point. It is actually a difficult problem to describe but basically i have to mount my bindings with the adjustment slots going perpendicular to the board's length rather than going sideways. As a result i cannot make small adjustments to my stance as i have to use the inserts rather than the holes on the binding plates.
Hmm i didn't make that any clearer did i
|01-31-2014 09:50 PM|
|01-31-2014 09:44 PM|
Just wanted to update and of course thank you all for your input.
I have now ridden 25" for a couple of days and although the initial euphoria has worn off slightly i think it is still the right stance or thereabouts. Problem with my board is that i need the backwards adjustment to centre the bindings so i can't make micro adjustments to the stance width to dial it exactly!
|01-30-2014 01:07 AM|
Originally Posted by lisevolution View Post
In my experience...these are the factors that will determine your stance.
(1) It depends on what kind of riding you want to do. When I'm doing mostly jumps...I like it pretty wide (23") with 15/-15...feels more stable. I am 5'5" and 155 lbs (stocky build). If I am doing rails/boxes...I like 12/-12 or 9/-9 and a bit narrower 21-22".
(2) I think you have to factor in body type. Say...the size of your leg muscles/bones, hip width, shoulder width and torso vs leg length.
I ride Big Bear in Cali where I see a lot of PROS on the slopes. Its weird cuz I even question some of their widths/angles...."why the hell do they have it like that? It looks a little uncomfortable."
Case in point: Simon Chamberlain. Dude is TALL AS HELL. I am guessing 6'2-6'4...and his width looks NARROW...20-22 maybe. I originally thought that because he was tall...that his width was going to be wide 23+. But its not true.
But than again I don't know for sure...I think body type has some but not a whole lot to do with it.
(3) Board shape, length and flex. I believe that "every board" has an "optimal" width/angle setup and its your job to find it and see if it will work for you. If you can find it...that is where you will get the best "performance/pop/flex/potential" from the board WHILE still having your lower body (knees/ankles/muscles) be at its most comfortable with the least amount of pain.
(4) The most important one I have found to be the biggest factor in the width and angles is: Riding skill/experience and CARVING CORRECTLY/PROPER EDGE CONTROL!!!
This is ONE REASON why I NEVER jumped on the rocker/hybrid camber craze when it first came out. I have ALWAYS stuck with tried and true camber because (1) I believe I have found the "BEST" width/angle for that particular board and (2) I know how to carve/press the board "properly" and control my edges. I do think rocker/hybrid camber is innovative, new and something thats good...BUT...I believe the real reason they came out with it...was because they saw that people were not or could not learn how to carve correctly and did not have proper form/technique for superior/good edge control. So...they invented the rocker so you basically didn't have to put as "MUCH EFFORT" into your carves and basically had ALL or enough edge control.
Why do you think all the OG PROS "mainly" still use tried and true camber...??? Because of all the reasons I stated above.
Case in point: Myself. After 5-6 seasons now...I believe I have finally learned the proper form/technique for carving with a cambered board...which is why I am able to change my angles and widths at free will. They ALL FEEL comfortable now...because I have FINALLY learned how to carve properly. I believe that when you have had enough experience/time and skill in learning how to properly carve a snowboard...your stance will "FINALLY" feel the MOST COMFORTABLE no matter what it looks like.
My best advice is to play with it until you find what works. And (2) learn how to carve "properly" with the right form/technique for good edge control.
|01-29-2014 11:40 PM|
Thanks for the feedback guys. It is totally a feel thing but of course if you are an eternal perfectionist like me you never fully trust just "feeling" and hope there is some sort of objective measure, which of course there isn't.
So i tried a couple of widths today, bumped it up from 23.5 to 24.25 and it felt good. I would say it felt slightly worse on the flat or traversing but better carving and going down the steeps. I rode with this for a couple of hours and enjoyed it. So much so that i thought i had it dialed and wouldn't adjust it anymore however i got the "what ifs?" and cranked it to 25 thinking that if it was better before then where is my limit.
Well, i enjoyed 25 a lot too, certainly more than 23.5. Some of this might have been some nice new feeling that made me feel like i had cracked something but it was mostly about feeling lower to the ground and my knees being bent rather than struggling to feel neutral and poised which i did at 23.5. I also no longer needed to push my knees out to get control over my board! So far so good.
Anyway, i will try again tomo with 25 and see where i get to as i have a sneaky feeling today's euphoria will be followed by tomorrow's new problem
Oh and fyi i added 2 degrees of cant to the binding too.
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