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Old 01-19-2010, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This past weekend I tried widening my stance a bit. I had my angles at +15/-15 and kept them the same. The moment I went for my first run it felt like my toe side was dramatically less responsive. I couldn't carve toe side nearly as fast as I could before. Is this normal? I felt like I needed to straighten up my stance. I was going to try +12/-12 but forgot my screwdriver in the car and just left it for the day.

I haven't really messed around with my stance much at all, so for those that have, did you notice a corresponding angle change needed as you widened your stance? Or was this just part of what goes along with the widened stance? The stance increments are a bit wide on my board so I went outwards maybe ~1.5-2" total (I only have 3 pairs of holes @ each end, not 5).

I'm torn because my landings from jumps felt sooo much more stable compared to the narrower stance. But I hated the turning response!
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this is one of the drawbacks to a wider stance. Decide what is more important to you. What is your stance width and height?
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You will have to re-learn board control when you go wider. You will definitely have less control switching to wider stances starting out. It's not that it gives you less control, it is harder to control.

With that said, widening your stance can very well negate your current angles. What works for a narrower stance might not work for a wider stance. A good way to measure is to jump behind your board and land with your feet behind the bindings. Look at your feet and try to mimic the angles on the bindings.
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this is one of the drawbacks to a wider stance. Decide what is more important to you. What is your stance width and height?
Just measured it, 24" from center-to-center of binding and I'm 6'. I tried to measure the increments so I could say what it was beforem it looks like my stance prior was about 21" or 20". Prior to changing my width I hardly ever caught an edge, but I was catching edges left and right like a noob when I widened it. Like I mentioned before my angles were same ducked out at 15/-15.

It would've been nice if my board had an option inbetween. Something like a 1" or even 2" increase would've been a nice medium.
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how do you not have an option inbetween? Do your binding plates not have slots for adjustment? I'm guessing your inserts are 4x4
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how do you not have an option inbetween? Do your binding plates not have slots for adjustment? I'm guessing your inserts are 4x4
I have Rome Targas with slots, but I have them oriented to the width of the board so I can center my boot rather than adjust my bindings the length of the board. Inserts are 4x4
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I have Rome Targas with slots, but I have them oriented to the width of the board so I can center my boot rather than adjust my bindings the length of the board. Inserts are 4x4
With the targas, you center the boot by adjusting the toe ramp and heelcup, not with the binding plate
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With the targas, you center the boot by adjusting the toe ramp and heelcup, not with the binding plate
Really?!?! I ASSumed it was like my previous set of bindings! LOL, my fault!

Well...back to my original question, for those who've widened their stance by at least 2"+, did you change your angles too?
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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my bindings are as wide as they go and they are both 15 degrees too thats the way i have had them for as long as i can remember. so im just used to it.
as soon as you change something its going to feel weird but maybe if you get used to it it will be better
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Ive narrowed my stance slowly from 23" to 21.5 and I think its the way to go. Its so much easier to get into deep presses but I feel more stable on jumps and can ollie much higher.
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