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Forward lean

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
A search has not thrown up anything on this. Grateful for info on the basic arguments about the optimum degree of forward lean (near-beginner, on-piste at this stage). Does it depend on bio-mechanics, riding levels, or terrain? I use Flow bindings, if that makes any difference.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
pam w, do you do any aerobics classes? The 'centred' relaxed stance, back straight and vertical, stomach tight, head-up with your knees relaxed and your hips dropped vertically down over the ankle and your mass passing thought a point just behind the balls of your feet should be roughly equivalent to the mid-point setting of your 'hi-backs'. On ice you'll need to be in a lower stance and if spending most of your time clawing for grip in the hard stuff then tighten the angles. If you're spending your time just hunting the next powder stash to surf, then slacken off. Otherwise the centerpoint of adjustment is where you start.

There is a small physiological difference in the calves of men and women in that women's tend to insert to the Achilles tendon further down the leg nearer the ankle and this will affect the point where the highback interacts with the leg and will have an effect on the angle. That's why women's bindings usually have shorter highbacks.

But start at the mid-point and adjust to suit your comfort and how you feel the board is reacting to your input.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Thanks Masque, yes, that makes sense. I do go to aerobics classes.....sometimes..... I don't intend to spend any time

clawing for grip in the hard stuff

when it's like that, I ski!
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