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Old 01-11-2011, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Gear: Toeside problems?

So I recently upgraded ALL my gear. I was far overdue (using awful K2 clicker bindings). I got a used 159cm board with Burton Mission bindings, and brand new boots.

First time up with new gear: My heelside turns feel fine, gear is nice and tight, but my toeside turns feel really weird. It feels like it's forcing my knees to be straight, which makes it hard to turn accurately, and it feels unstable. Since my knees aren't bent, if I go over a little bump or something it pops me into the air and I lose control completely.

I thought it was a flex problem at my ankles, but I can flex my boots pretty well when they're not in the binding. Also if I'm not turning at all, I can bend my knees better. Did I mess something up when I was installing my bindings?
I asked a guy at the rental shop, and he told me to open up my stance a bit, so for the rest of the day I rode with a +26/-15 (or something) as opposed to my usual +15/-6, which helped a LITTLE. He also widened my stance a little for me.

Do I just need to break in my boots more? Is it a binding issue? Help!

I'm 6'2", 170lbs
Goofy, 159cm board, size 12 boots.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't burton bindings have a bigger forward lean? Probably you just need to get used to your new gear.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like the widened stance may be the issue. How wide did you go? When I go to wide, I loose range of movement and it is most noticeable on toeside.
I agree with this. I popped my new Blackhawks onto an Imperium board and put them at 26" or more, heelside felt great, but toes? No chance, I just kept eating shit then when I took them off at lunch and put them on my other board, I put it at 21" and could carve again! Its hard to believe but just that little bit of width can really mess you up!
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