Between reading some recent threads here and reviewing Ron LeMasters work, I decided to take a stab at my cuff alignment. Even though I'm a bit knock-kneed, to the best I can tell, my knees track pretty much straight on over my toes when I doriflex. However, I've always felt more preasure on the inside of my foot and inside edge. Perhaps there are other cant adjustments but after using Bud's meathod of analysing, I think the issue may lie mostly in the cuff alignment. The pictures are taken shell only, with my custom foodbeds. The gap on lateral side of my legs is about 1/4-3/8 wider than the medial side.
My boot cuff adjustment mechanism is maxed to the medial side. Would using a type of dense foam to pad out the later side of the shell cuff be an appropriate remedy?
(working on the pics, I don't see the icon to add pics and can't paste)
My issues are three fold.
I'm slightly knock-kneed : Is it possible to be knock-kneed but have proper alignment when flexed in an athletic stance? I feel sometimes like I'm compensating as its a challenge to release an edge on a steeper slope doing side slips or pivot slips. I can and do practice one legged skiing fairly well but if I try to straight line I can feel myself having to musle my leg in order to keep off the inside edge. Cuff adjustment, sole angle, or both? My boot guy says its fine and I should only worry if I'm highly competative in racing etc...He says if he were me he would not waste the money on stepping on their alignment tool and having the soles planed.
Skinny Calves : I've made my own shims to go between the cuff shell and liner with dense foam. I took a cylindrical foam piece and cut it on the obliqe so it tapers on both planes. I'm also thinking Booster Straps this year.
Long femurs: To me, it seems that flexion at the knee needs a higher ratio flexion at the ankle with long femurs in order to stay centered. I also feel like its always a chore to stay forward (I'm referenceing the points about spine angle too). I've heard the skis I was on (Volkle AC30) with integrated bindings had binding placement that some thought was too far aft making staying forward a chore. I demoed a pair of Magnum 8.5s with the bindings mounted 2cms forward and it felt great! Is this a proper solution or is it the boot too?
Edited by reconguy - 11/4/13 at 11:48am