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Toe lift, heel lift or ?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

For the first time in a very long time, I'm feeling pretty dialed in on my new Salomon X3-10s thanks to a lot of work by Nick Blaylock (Mount Snow Bootworks, Vt).  The one (necessary ?) last tweak has left me a bit perplexed.  I often feel a bit in the back seat.  Softening the boots a bit perfected the ride and flex for my height, weight and ability 5'8" 158 level 7, but I still have to constantly focus to stay out of the back seat.  


As a result, I added heel lifts which gave me the better control of the front of the skis I was looking for, but I still find myself fighting to stay balanced fore and aft.


Any suggestions on what I can experiment with to try and nail this down?


Thanks in advance for the help.  Art

Edited by avamb - 3/28/11 at 4:03am
post #2 of 5

Happy u went to one of the better boot establishments.


U may be suffering from Equinus Deformity in the ankle.Is there any way u have room for more lift? U could always take it out if u have no room>>>words.gif

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Nick has been great.  Unfortunately, it doesnt look like I'm getting up there again this year, and I was hoping to try and nail this down before the season ended.  Not sure more lift is going to do the trick.  I was actually thinking of shaving it down a bit in the event I had too much.  Unless there are other suggestions, I'm going to experiment a little.  The odd thing about this is that I only have the back seat issue on less challenging terrain.  On the steeps I feel perfectly balanced.  Thanks for the response Johnnya.

post #4 of 5



Generally speaking your ankle dorsiflexion should be assessed to determine ramp angle (internal) needs then the cuff adjusted to create a good net forward lean in the boot.  If you do have an equinus issue a heel lift will help or if you have limited dorsiflexion.  Although another issue could be if you have too much "delta" angle created by your binding stand height differential (difference in toe height and heel height), you will be forced to balance by compensating with your hips aft.  So experimenting with some shims between your afd and boot toe will determine quickly if this is the issue by straightening your lower leg angle a bit resulting in a taller stance and hips moved forward.  Ideally you should feel balanced with slight shin pressure available at the top of your turns.  Too much delta angle and you will be skiing off the rear spoilers rather than driving the boot.  Experiment to find your optimum alignment.


Noting your boot sole length and binding brand and model could help us here to determine if this is a possibility?

post #5 of 5

Both guys are right but I'll say it is probably unlikely you need more lift.  I'd go the other way and see what happens.



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