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Old 12-06-2009, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Some advice on snowboard stance widths.

Okay, so here is my dilemma. I've always been riding with my bindings on the reference stance. This year I want to try new stance widths. I want a 22' stance, but in order to acheive this I have to leave my back binding in the reference point and move my front up one set of holes from reference. Do you think this will affect the geometry of the board? Won't I technically be riding set-forward?
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how does it feel when you ride? if it feels right, who cares if it's set forward from the reference or whatever?

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Old 12-06-2009, 02:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is it a directional board with a set-back stance or a centered true twin etc???
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Is it a directional board with a set-back stance or a centered true twin etc???
It is the 07 Shaun White so there is a little more tip than tail. Never measured it.

Alasdairm: I was just wondering if anyone had experience with this because I haven't gotten a chance to ride yet. I'd rather not do it if someone already knows that the geometry of the board will be affected by this.

I ask this question because I only ever see people say widen or make the stance more narrow by moving both bindings one hole set closer or further from reference. No one ever mentions what if you only move one binding closer or further.

I deal with product placement in my company so I know a lot of the technical aspects about a product, but I am a total noob when it comes to setting up a stance. I just feel the reference 21' is not wide enough for my 9.5 boot and 5'10 180lb frame. If I move both bindings wider, then it becomes 23 and a quarter inches and that feels too wide.
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i guess my point is that somebody else could say "don't do it - it will suck" and you might miss out on a stance that really works for you, regardless of the fact that it doesn't make sense on paper...

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Well, I wasn't going to go on just one person's comment. I would have gotten an idea if more people provided input.

At any rate, it wasn't meant to be a "how do you like it?" topic. I was just trying to understand the technicalities of stance widths in relation to the board's geometry.

I ended up mounting them with the 22'. I was flexing the board and doing ollies in the living room. It seems there is a slight difference because I moved the front binding up. The nose became a little stiffer. Not a huge difference from before and I am certain it won't affect my riding at all. Can't wait to try it out. The stance feels much more comfortable than the 21' reference. I also went from +18/-12 to a +21/-9. Can't wait to see how it goes on the slopes. From what I can tell right now, it is more comfortable than before.

Thanks for the input.
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bring tools when your in the resort, than mess around with the stance, only way you'll find your optimal stance.
Couldn't hurt to try, right?
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bring tools when your in the resort, than mess around with the stance, only way you'll find your optimal stance.
Couldn't hurt to try, right?
Can't be more right about that. I guess it all boils down to my OCD lol. Just knowing that I am not exactly centered above the board's intended geometry kind of gets to me. I'll get over it. This is what happens when you have to wait for another damn week to go shred. I'm so effin anxious it's driving me nuts. I swear, if we had some real snow on the ground, I'd be outside jumping around on my board on flat land :/
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I feel you on anxious vibe. I was messing with my 2 boards last night with angles and what not getting excited for my first trip this season this coming Saturday. I cant wait!!!!
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So I thought I might update you guys on how my stance worked out after moving the front binding wider and leaving the back one at reference. Everything felt good going down and all was well... until I started to initiate toe/heel side turns. There was a noticeable difference. Basically, it felt like I was riding switch when I wasn't. Was very uncomfortable for me so I had to change the stance. This time, I moved the front back to the reference and put the back binding one set wider. Worked out great. However, since my board is a slightly set-back twin, doing this made my tail pretty damn short. Ollying was of course poppy because of this, but I lost some stability. Something I am able to live with considering how much better the 22'' stance feels compared to the reference 21''.

So the moral of the story is, if you don't move your bindings in unison with each other, the board's geometry is noticeably affected.
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