If you do bend the arms on ski brakes, take some time to observe how the brakes function. Most extend outward before snapping down. They are more complex than just simply swinging down. The best way to bend them is to actually straighten the brake arm at the 90 degree bend, then re-bend farther down the brake shaft. If you simply stretch the brakes outward in a V, the ends will overhang the ski edge even when retracted, or possibly snag on pant cuffs or boots.