This is no doubt a "basic" question, and it takes a bit to fully explain, but I have had a bit of trouble getting an answer when asking the "Shop Pro's" or when I've asked a few folks out on the slopes.
I Just started boarding end of Last season. I had a lot
of trouble with pain in my feet. Bought & returned 3 different pairs of boots before keeping my 10.5 Thirty Two's. ALL the sales advice was, "get the boots as snug as you can stand, lace them up as TIGHT as you can, Ratchet the bindings,.. (you guessed it!) As tight as you can!! You don't want your heel to lift AT ALL!"
I couldn't stand to stay strapped into my board longer than one or two trips down the hill. (...the "small" local hill!) My feet hurt SO
bad!! Especially my lead foot as it was always strapped in. It got so bad sometimes that the pain actually got a lot worse for a few minutes after
I unstrapped or took off the boot! (BTW my boots are ST Boa's, so they could get REAL tight!)
Now, as I was usually riding some really icy, hard conditions most of this time,.. I felt like I needed to be strapped in this tight just to have any
control in the board!
Right around the last two weeks of the season, I finally wound up riding the lift with an instructor who when I mentioned how much my feet hurt,.. told me I had my boots WAY too tight! His advice was loosen up on the boots & If I needed to go "tight", go tight with the bindings! This help quite a bit! I can stay strapped in a lot longer without the same pain issues, especially when I loosen the bindings a notch or two at the bottom b4 getting back on the lift!
This has helped the comfort issue a lot this season, but my main question now is, (...to make a "short story, Long"!)
I have still been ratcheting into my bindings very tight! All this time, it felt as though I "Needed" this degree of being strapped in to have any control going heel to toe & back! Last trip out, I was getting some discomfort and decided on one trip down the slope, Not
to CRANK my bindings down on the boots.
...That run, It actually seemed like it was "Easier" to transition heel to toe & vise versa??? My turns seemed to be smoother, tighter, less skidded.
Now the temp was just above freezing & the snow was softer, (soft but not slushy) so I can't say for sure that this would be the same in the "Hard, Icy" stuff, but I tried this "Looser" set up on my next few runs and it really does seem like my turns were easier and more
controlled than when I was CRANKED down & glued into the board & bindings?
Have I stumbled onto something that I should
have learned early on? Or am I cruising for a dislocated ankle?
I really would appreciate some feedback on this!
Thanks in advance!