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Channel Stance-Width info

Hey!

Got a question for fellow riders with real-life experience with the Burton channel. I've been riding my Custom V going on 3 seasons now and have always had the stance width set on the standard REF points on the board.

I've decided to widen my stance by 1". I did this by moving the front binding 1/2" towards the tip, and the rear binding 1/2" towards the tail. I did this for two reasons:

1. I wanted to lower my center of gravity so that I would feel a bit more stable at high speeds. slightly Wider stance = more stability? Will going 1" wider change make a real difference in feel?

2. Moving each binding "out" for 1/2" keeps me equally centered on the board since I'm moving each binding at the same increment?

Also, since the board i'm using is a flying v, will having the bindings slightly wider from reference make the underfoot camber parts of the board engage with the snow more securely since there is more leverage with a wider stance?

Thanks for your help!
 

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Moving both bindings equally is the right way to do it. Stance width is all about personal preference and body geometry. If your stance was too narrow for your body and comfort, then yes a wider stance will be more stable and comfortable for you. If you go too wide, or narrow you'll sacrifice stability and comfort.
 

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Also, since the board i'm using is a flying v, will having the bindings slightly slightly wider from reference make the underfoot camber parts of the board engage with the snow more easily since there is more leverage with a wider stance?

Thanks for your help! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
Without knowing your exact foot measurements the the board witdth at the new mounting points, you really can't answer the board leverage question. If your feet < board width at new binding position, then you will have less leverage. If you feet > board width at new binding position, then you will have more leverage. As long as the overhang isn't excessive, more leverage is better. Of course this only refers to torsional leverage. If your stance width is more widely-space, it'll increase your longitudinal leverage over the board relative to the old width, unless your legs (i.e, "levers") are too short to impart the leverage.
 

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Try to find a local shop with one of these stance finder rigs.

Man, I would like to try one of those motherfuckers! Anybody know if there is one front-rangish?

I'm pretty happy with my stance, but it would be cool to really mess around for awhile and see.
 

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That jig would be cool to check out. I've never seen, or heard of a shop having one of those; do they actually exist, or is it just a unicorn?
 

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HI Geo. I think you might have misunderstood the question. I'm not asking about boot and board width. Rather, my question is about stance-width. Thanks!
No, he is correct. Since the width of the board varies along its length, changing your stance width implies changing the foot length-width at binding relationship (wider stance => wider board at the binding positions, so less edge pressure).
 

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What do you mean by wanting to be more stable at higher speeds? If your edge is washing out, stance changes aren't going to really do much to change that. It may not hurt, but I don't think it'll be a big help.

Reference stance point is usually pretty good I find. FWIW, I'm 5'6" and ride a stance width of about 21.25"...
 
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