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11-20-2012 11:29 AM
Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
There are 2 setting concerning your highbacks that will be important to you. First and most important is your forward lean. This is the vertical angle that your highback is set at.

Increased forward lean allows you to increase power transfer to your heel edge to make heelside more responsive while being able to keep your body stacked vertically over your board (less need to lean back in your heelside turns which is a good thing). It also helps the rider for toeside and all around riding because it helps position the lower legs into the ideal athletic stance with knees flexed. Higher forward lean settings are preferred for free ride oriented riders and low forward lean settings are generally preferred for freestyle oriented riders who need and desire greater free range of movement.

The second setting is called highback rotation and this is the lateral angle of the highback in relation to the base plate. This is really a personal preference issue and does not have a huge impact on board performance really. Most bindings have 2 to 4 possible settings whereby you can either align the highback with the base plate or rotate it to align in more with the heel edge of the board.

When aligned with the base plate, this also keeps the highback more aligned with the calf of your leg which is what I tend to prefer in my own riding. When you align your highbacks more in line with the heel edge, there is some increases leverage when you execute heelside turns. Personally, I have found this to be pretty negligible. Some riders that are having some trouble with their heelside, do find that highback rotation solves their issue. I would advise setting them aligned with base plate and ride a bit, then try rotating them to see if you can feel a difference. Some do claim to notice less knee pain one way or the other; depends on the rider.
thanks man, im gna try them more parallel to the edge and see...i had my front one adjusted completly parallel but when i folded the highback down it wouldnt go all the way do cause such an angle, so i moved the inside side of highback back a notch
11-20-2012 10:23 AM
eli783 Adjusting the highbacks to be parallel to the board realllyyy makes a difference on how much my freakin knee will ache later in the day.
11-20-2012 01:59 AM
Skinny Bam If you make them parallel with your edge it will make your presses and butters easier....and suppose to be better for your knees
11-19-2012 05:11 PM
Originally Posted by LTshredTN
ill just mess with it and see how it rides i guess
11-19-2012 05:08 PM
Originally Posted by CMSbored View Post
wow, that was hard to read.

its all personal preference, some like to angle the highbacks to be parallel with board edge, some dont.

In fact, on two of my setups, 1 is, 1 isnt
ok...ive never really messed with them before ive just left them how it is out of the box..but i thought about puttin my front binding closer to parallel since its angled more then my back one, ill just mess with it and see how it rides i guess
11-19-2012 04:42 PM
CMSbored wow, that was hard to read.

its all personal preference, some like to angle the highbacks to be parallel with board edge, some dont.

In fact, on two of my setups, 1 is, 1 isnt
11-19-2012 04:26 PM
help setting up highbacks??

my bindings stance is -15,6 so when i set up my highbacks do they need to be adjusted to where there straight behind my leg or at the angle with the bindings? i was told i think they should be angled to here there with backs of ur legs straight...say like the highbacks are horizontal with the board and the front one isnt angled the 15 degrees with the binding

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