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Old 03-02-2009, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i ride a 158 size board...is 20 inches too little from center of left binidng to center of right binding?
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stance width really boils down to personal preference. Try measuring from the floor to the midpoint of the knee joint if you are looking for a stance width to start with.

Very generally speaking, I'd say 20" is a little narrow for someone who would ride a 158, but I know nothing about you specifically.
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seems a little narrow for riding a 158, but if it works for you, roll with it. you might want to try out different stance widths and just see what feels more comfortable and what gives you more/less response and go from there.
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Like the other two members have mentioned- it's 100% preference. With that being said, there is still a range in which you could capture all the stance widths.

Generally speaking, wider stances offer you better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity which lend themselves to better balance overall. This is desirable for balancing on rails and boxes.

The more narrow a stance, the easier it is to carve at higher speeds or spin in the air.

To some degree, stance width and board length tend to be inversely proportional.

As a good guideline, I would suggest starting with your feet just a bit wider than shoulder length. I'm 6' and that puts me at a stance of about 21". I have ridden closer to 22" or 22.5" recently because it feels better for me.

Bring a screwdriver or whatever binding tool you have and a tape measure. You can bump the stance out or draw it in every couple runs. You will probably be fine-tuning this measurement for a long time.
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Yea stance is personal preference, knowing your height would help too. Some people are tall with short legs, some long legs and short upper body proportionally...they all need different stances to feel comfortable.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for the responses...I took my first run and the bindings seemed too close so I widened them a bit. On another note, I've been riding for a while now and have yet to become really comfortable on my boards. I try to make adjustments as I go but can't find my groove. Oh well, practice makes perfect I guess, right?
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