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Boot Setups

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 

I've been playing around with my boots a lot and am curious what a good setup looks like. I know everybody has a different technique and different biomechanics, but I'd still like to get some data on this. So could everyone list:





-boot size

-forward lean (not subtracting ramp/delta)

-ramp angle (boot)

-delta angle (binding)

-position of binding relative to ball of foot mounting (BOF on middle of running surface)

-what you did to the stock equipment to get what you have


-use (SL, GS, groomers, powder, etc.)



If you don't want to volunteer everything (weight), that's fine, just don't make stuff up. Also, if anyone knows what any pros use, that could be interesting as well.

post #2 of 3

I don't think you're going to get a lot of this data from anyone.  Rather, you're going to get a lot of questions about why you would want other people's data in the first place.


IMO, this data is only relevant to a particular skier.  You already admitted that it's completely dependent on personal body morphology so there's really no point to this.  I'm about as big a gear/alignment geek as anyone on this board and I could care less what other skiers' numbers are.

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Yeah, a lot of it is simply curiosity. About me:


I was born with talipes equinovarus aka clubfoot.  I had an unsuccessful posteromedial release or McKay procedure performed on my right foot.  As a result, my feet are completely different, and both of them have crazy alignment issues and extremely limited range of motion. I have had considerable success in the past trying to work around my problems though. With my running shoes, I've tinkered with modest results for a few years and then over the summer came up with a set of modifications that produced a clear, consistent, and instant 9% improvement in my 10K time. With skiing, fixing lateral alignment made the biggest improvement I've seen (5 & 6 degrees), although I clearly am having issues creating enough forward pressure and in turn work in a prohibitively small range of vertical motion to always have as much pressure as possible. I've been able to fix one part or another of the many things influenced by fore-aft balance, but not solve all of the problems at once. After doing a bunch of tests and analysis, I'm thinking of moving my bindings 4 inches ahead of BOF, add ~1cm of heel lift and ~2mm of toe lift in my boot and 8mm of external heel lift.  This is obviously crazy and could ruin some equipment (by not more so than what I did to my running shoes), so I'm really just looking for some perspective and trying to see what approaches/algorithms are typically taken and if I'm overlooking anything. I'm also a crazy mechanical engineering student involved in biomechanics/biorobotics research and have studied dynamics a lot and am interested in possible systems from a purely theoretical perspective.

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