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Old 11-27-2013, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Interesting study. No significant differences between wide/narrow, duck or forward stances.

They note the participant level is small, and that perhaps wider/duck stances may help but can't make a definite conclusion.

Interesting study. I was playing around with stance width yesterday so I thought I'd check this out. My ollies are weak. Off to do some box jumps
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Might not impact ollie power but it will impact stability in the air and on landing, flexibility (making grabs easier or harder depending on stance) and a bunch of other shit. Some guys like smaller stances for spinning too while others like wide for balance on rails. I like a wide stance for everything, just feels right. After 25 years I've tried just about everything and +15/-15, 23.5 is money for me.

edit - I find a wider stance gives you better style too.
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It's always interesting to see any study related to snowboarding. This study seems to have a significant built in error in their testing. If you look at their basis for choosing angles it looks like they base it on alpine riding stances (+45/+10 - +15 for instructors, +45/0 for jumps and +10 - +30/-5 - -20 for big air). Then they set variable stances: Two binding angle combinations were tested: forward stance with +30 front leg and +15 back leg angle (+30/+15) and duck stance with +18 front leg and -15 back leg angle (+18/-15). Both are extreme angles and likely limiting ollie power. At the very least the should have set a baseline for ollie power off of the individuals prefered binding angles, then compared to their selected variable angels. It seem strange they would have picked stance angles with a difference of 15 and 33.
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It's always interesting to see any study related to snowboarding. This study seems to have a significant built in error in their testing. If you look at their basis for choosing angles it looks like they base it on alpine riding stances (+45/+10 - +15 for instructors, +45/0 for jumps and +10 - +30/-5 - -20 for big air). Then they set variable stances: Two binding angle combinations were tested: forward stance with +30 front leg and +15 back leg angle (+30/+15) and duck stance with +18 front leg and -15 back leg angle (+18/-15). Both are extreme angles and likely limiting ollie power. At the very least the should have set a baseline for ollie power off of the individuals prefered binding angles, then compared to their selected variable angels. It seem strange they would have picked stance angles with a difference of 15 and 33.
Definitely a limited study. Still pretty cool to look at though.

And hey, they're Europeans. Don't they all use forward angles
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Only when riding an ironing board
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