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Thread Starter 
i have head monster im75 since about march of last season. i love them,but
sometimes on the flatter hills i feel like they are skiing ahead of the rest of me. crouching down very low seems to help, i was wondering if the feeling could be from the boots. i have never had this experience with any of my other skiis i have owned, although i think these skiis have made me feel the most confident going down anything. the boots have footbeds, but i don't remember if they put heel inserts in them.
they are 163's
i am 5'6" 125
post #2 of 7

Those skis are a bit long for you. You could easily go down to 150 maybe even 140 cm. It's interesting that you only feel the issue on flatter terrain. Maybe it's because you are not turning as much, relaxing and just going for a ride instead of your "normal" turns? When you say crouching down, do you mean bending at the waist?

If your weight is in the back seat, you will get a sense of the skis getting ahead of you. This could be caused by a "relaxed" stance or could be caused by alignment. The next time this happens, check the position of your hands. If they are close to your body try two things. First try holding your hands more forward with your elbows next to your sides, but think of pulling your hips forward as you move your hands forward. Next try holding your hands behind your back. This should automatically move your belly button forward. If you feel the need to bring your hands forward to stay in control, your weight is too far back. If either of these exercises solve the problem, then there's hope that you don't need your alignment adjusted. Since you don't notice the problem on steeper terrain, it's possible there's an easy fix.

If the root cause of this is equipment related, it could be you need heel lifts, it could be the boots are too stiff, it could be the bindings are mounted incorrectly or it could be .... something else.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
when i bought the skis i had 170 crossmax 8 which i had for about 3 years and i loved them,(i had 163 volants before that, and i felt they were too short!) but after a while i did not trust them at faster speeds (for me) and i wanted a more stable ski,so i downsized the next pair. i demoed the heads, and had to have them,after skiing the same run in the crossmax
by crouching down, i am lowering my center of gravity it seems a lot. i do extend my arms in front of me, even exaggerating the motion.
i am trying to finagle getting new boots
the thought of shorter skis did not occur to me as i had already got shorter ones!!
if that is the case, i will have to wait a year or so before getting new ones
post #4 of 7
I suspect that the Head skis have a stiffer tail than what you are used to. Other people more familiar with those skis can correct me, but if that's the case you are probably feeling the affects of that tail; if you put pressure on the tails they will do things for you. Being in the back seat on a ski with a stiff tail can induce all kinds of neat and sometimes not so neat feelings. Being a little too far back on a more forgiving ski might not be so noticeable.
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Thread Starter 
one reason i think it may be boot related is-we were up at killington since thursday nite-we had the snowfall sat nite and had an epic powder day sunday(at long last!!) and also skied mon.
my calves were killing me the next day!!(mon) that has to mean i was pressuring the tails a lot. i am skiing with a (totally)torn acl and am very conscious about getting into the back seat.
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My calves would be killing me if/when I was on the BALLS OF THE FEET(!). It stopped when I moved into centered position. I am struggling to work out why the calves would hurt you if you pressed the tails.
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Calves can get sore from pressing down on the balls of the feet, but they can also get sore from resisting the movement of the body too far forward, as in powder ect. This can be from the calves resisting this body forward movement as the calf muscles are strecthed longer. Like when the skis slow down and the body keeps wanting to go forward.

As far as the playing catch up to the skis on flatter terrain, could it be that you are skiing with your ankles too open (toes away from your shin) leaving your hips and torso too far back. Try skiing on this easy terrain and keeping your toes lifted up against the top of the boot. This is dorsiflexing (toes towards the shin) the ankle some which may move your center forward over the ski better without crouching. If this removes the sensation of playing catchup then you'll know what to do. Heels lifts can compound this problem if it is a boot problem, as can forward lean. Later, RicB.
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