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The shin or the BOF to press the tips of the skis?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

To press the front part of the skis to the snow for better engagement, do you:

 

1- Press the shin?

 or

2-Press the BOF (balls of feet)

 

1- (the shin) is more indirect. You have to first pressure the boot, and the boot will create a tork to press the front. But it seems easier especially on long turns. Also helps you stay forward

 

2- is more direct way. for me its very difficult to do on long turns. it works on short turns. also when you press to hard your heel starts coming off the bottom. which is not good.

 

how about doing both?

 

 

what do you think?

post #2 of 9


i prefer (1), as it should also allow the option of the hip coming forward (as appropriate).

 

(2) doesn't seem like it would impact the shovel nearly as much as (1)

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Also because (1) is indirect stiffness of the boots plays a role there. I have rossi 110 flex boots. when weather is warm my boots are softer and 1 needs a bits more work. is 110 flex hard enough (to make good performance turns) and so is it normal?
post #4 of 9

2 augmented by 1 when more is needed.  However you need to be careful; too much of 2 will open your ankle and push you into the back seat, diminishing your ability to supply more 2 as well as your ability to augment 2 with 1.  To avoid the problem,  do 2 with some 1 and with deliberate ankle closing until more pressure is needed and then add more 1.

post #5 of 9
None of those work, try pulling the feet back.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Rich666 View Post
 

 

 ............. On another note, that is some wonderful artistry. The boot does, however, look extremely uncomfortable.

 

and a tad too big for you as well, if you can do calf raises inside the boot by pressuring the BOF.

 

#1 should provide plenty of tip pressure for those snow blades you have there.....

post #7 of 9
the issue is getting and keeping the hips forward, so you have something to back up that pressure with.
i.e. your body... otherwise, neitehr of those will help much, as they tend to be transient, anyways.

once the hips are forward on top of boots, they will simply manifest themselves mostly via the bottom of the feet, towrds the balls of the feet - but you don't have to "press" on them - there simply is weight there. Teh challenge, if you think "push" or "press" will be to keep the hips from getting back. So instead, just think bringing the hips forward (or the skis back), support them with the shins and keep them there from the ankles...

does that make any sense?
post #8 of 9
Pressing your toes down accomplishes nothing, pressing shins forward is the same as closing your ankle, same as moving your feet back.
Cg forward will push the tips down, either move your hips forward, or pulll the feet back.
post #9 of 9
I use both in complement, but it's not actively press down like tiptoe, only as a result of moving CoG forward.
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