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Boot Flexing Technique

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I've been reading some old threads and have started to wonder, how do most expert level skiers flex their boots?

 

1) Do you plantar flex OR dorsiflex the ankle in the middle of the turn (push down or pull up)?

 

2) Do you pull your foot with your hamstrings to push against the tongue of the boot OR do you move your CoM far forward so all your weight is on your toes/shins?

 

3) How stiff is your boot flex? How much forward lean and ramp angle do you use? Any other relevant adjustments?

 

4) Do these answers depend on what you're doing?

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Originally Posted by mjp5 View Post

I've been reading some old threads and have started to wonder, how do most expert level skiers flex their boots?

1) Do you plantar flex OR dorsiflex the ankle in the middle of the turn (push down or pull up)?

2) Do you pull your foot with your hamstrings to push against the tongue of the boot OR do you move your CoM far forward so all your weight is on your toes/shins?

3) How stiff is your boot flex? How much forward lean and ramp angle do you use? Any other relevant adjustments?

4) Do these answers depend on what you're doing?

1) it depends... usually the latter.

2) generally it's easier to pull the feet back.

3) a firm 130. 4 deg of ramp, about 16 of forward lean.

4) yes.
post #3 of 5

I usually just think "close the ankle" and let inertia do the work in a fast turn, while also making an effort to pull back the feet. 

I feel pressure on the boot tongues and on the bottoms of the feet.

I have two pairs of boots (same technique used) soft squishy 100 flex boots, and stiff antique race boots (long story) probably 150+ flex.

 

Edited to add, last known weight is 165 lbs.


Edited by Ghost - 1/13/16 at 6:13pm
post #4 of 5
I just worry about being balanced over the ski with tounge pressure, if you are in the right position the ski flexes the boot for you. I think trying to actively flex a boot messes up carved turn.
My new boots are 120/130/140, depending on which bolts are in the spine.
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Originally Posted by clink83 View Post

I just worry about being balanced over the ski with tounge pressure, if you are in the right position the ski flexes the boot for you. I think trying to actively flex a boot messes up carved turn.
My new boots are 120/130/140, depending on which bolts are in the spine.

 

Ditto regarding technique.  I'm in 130 boots for beer league, NASTAR, and few full length GS races per season.

 

I will get on my tails a little when I'm doing well and want some extra acceleration before a flatter section, probably little pressure on the boot tongue. 

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