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Head Raptor 130 forward lean adjustment/stance HELP!

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I have a few days in on my "new to me" Head Raptors and am really loving this boot.  However, I feel a bit out of balance on it and wanted to do some self-assessment before taking them in to be worked on.  

 

I have had some success playing around with the cuff alignment.  The boots feel great from a fit perspective as far as pressure points on the cuff, but the overall stance is still not dialed in.  I don't feel balanced on the ski and my first thought would be canting, but I have never required canting before. I have previously skied the Nordica Dobermann/Patron Pro and the Lange RS 130 and never required canting.  The Lange was too upright for my tastes, the Nordica seemed perfect, and my sense is that I have a for/aft balance issue with the Raptor due to excessive forward lean.

 

With the Raptor my turn initiation is awesome and they are very "quick" but I am not able to pressure the tails and complete my turns enough.  This problem becomes exposed when I need to really dig in on icy terrain.  With the Raptor on my feet my tails wash out more than they ever have before using the same ski on the same conditions.

 

My first move was to attempt to make the Raptor my upright.  I removed the spoiler which helped quite a bit and also pulled the rivet and attempted to use the "adjustable" forward lean function without success.

 

Although I have moved the "female" end of the rivot to the lowest/most upright point, the marks on the metal "spine" piece still indicated that I am in the middle of the available stance positions.  Even if I pull out the screws for the cuff adjustment on the sides and the rivot in the back there still seems to be no way to get the cuff more upright.  Again, the indicator on the spine continues to tell me I am not at the most upright position, although their seems to be no way to move the "female" end of the rivot in the lower portion of the boot to a lower position - which would equate to a more upright cuff position.

 

Any help would be much appreciated!

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I know I over-complicated the question . . .  if anyone has experience the Raptor stance/lean adjustment on the spine of the boot I'd love to hear from you.

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I received a PM from a member with some helpful advice and wanted to share it in case someone runs a search and comes upon this thread in the future.  The info I receive is that the Heads have about 1 1/2 degrees of outward cant standard, as compared to the Nordicas which are neutral.

 

I am still curious to know more about the forward lean adjustment, but it sounds like canting could be my problem after all. As stated above, I had originally ruled it out given that I had never required canting before.  However, maybe if I get canted back to neutral I will be good to go.

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