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01-10-2013 07:13 PM
Kayeby Like your gf my natural squatting stance is 17" but I ride with a width of 18". I started my binding width at 17" but it just felt too narrow in practice. 18" felt a little wide when standing still but perfect once I started moving.

For what it's worth my shoulders are also 15" wide. The guide you found is probably not relevant for women since men tend to have broader shoulders relative to their hips. I'm 5'3" with short legs, and if 17" is too narrow for me I'd be surprised if it worked for someone who was 5'8". But it doesn't cost anything to experiment, so just play around and see how you go.
01-10-2013 06:30 PM
Silver King As you already know, you'll have to experiment with your girlfriend.......'s stance. Though less stable, narrower will definitely make turns easier. Also, a bit of setback can help too. Remember, change one thing at a time and take a few runs. Write down where everything is now so you can keep track of changes. Who knows? The previous owner could have been a total kook.

Curious, are all of her turns hard to make? Or is she having trouble with one side? Technique can play a big part, too. Soooo many variables.
01-10-2013 02:09 AM
gc2012 Hi - no the board is pretty flex. Think we'll try it a bit narrower and also get someone to check her technique.

But when she stands in a room and drops into a "natural" stance with her knees bent as if she was on the board its closer to 17" not 20". He shoulders are 15-16". Might try and narrow it by 1 notch either side and bring it in a little

01-09-2013 05:36 PM
Optikal_Illuzion I'm 5'8" (drivers liscence says 173cm) and ride a 150cm board. My stance is 20.5". My inseam is about 32, I got long legs lol. I'm between 135-140lbs with gear.

If she's having trouble with turn initiation maybe she needs a softer board? My first board was a Lamar something full camber and stiff as heck. Problem number 1 was camber (kept catching edges and had some bad takedowns) and problem number 2 was that the board was too stiff for me...

I bought a new board, moustache rocker (low profile cambers under the feet) and noticed a difference right away. I could turn alot easier, no chatter or catching edges unless I was on ice, and flexible enough to go from edge to edge without any problems. It might be me but its harder to ride switch with the new board than my full camber deck... hope this helps somewhat
01-09-2013 01:01 PM
blockay sorry im a dumbass i don't know how to measure binding width, from the center of each disc i ride 23.5"
01-09-2013 12:25 PM
Originally Posted by gc2012 View Post
get what you mean, but she's a 135lb girl with narrower shoulders so centre of gravity be different I guess...

usual guide seems to be shoulder + 1" - in her case thats closer to 17" instead of 20"...
My GF is 5'6" and 140 lb and her stance width is 19"...

Also maybe they use shoulders as a guide, but you're not riding the board with your arms so leg length and hip width would make more sense. Somebody with a longer inseam would likely want a wider stance all else being equal.

Like I said, everyone has to find their own comfortable setup, but 17" does sound quite narrow for a 5'8" person.
01-09-2013 09:33 AM
gc2012 get what you mean, but she's a 135lb girl with narrower shoulders so centre of gravity be different I guess...

usual guide seems to be shoulder + 1" - in her case thats closer to 17" instead of 20"...
01-09-2013 09:28 AM
poutanen Everybody has their own preference but 20" seems about right for a 5'8" person. In fact a lot of people ride a lot wider. I'm 5'6" and ride a 21.25" stance width...

You're measuring from the centre of each disk right?

Hate to say it but in the beginning it's 99% technique and 1% gear.
01-09-2013 08:20 AM
gc2012 will do, thanks!
01-08-2013 10:37 AM
stupidmop Yeah, the best thing to do is to experiment with it. I would narrow the stance a little and do a couple runs. If she feels like there is a difference great, if she doesn't feel there is a difference (or her turns get worse), then you can change it back.

Just remember to bring a tool up on the mountain!
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