The modern trend is toward boots having less forward lean. There's no arguing that. Over the past 5 seasons we've seen many manufacturers reducing forward lean dramatically. We just don't need to be way out over the front of our skis any more to make them work. What you should strive for is a balanced position that is "athletic", but won't burn out your quads just standing in line for the lifts.
I've tried to ask about these things in TGR and didn't get any answers (yet?).
I'm curious about this issue since I have so called "Lange feet" and currently on a third pair of Lange Freeride boots that fit me perfectly. Just noticed that compared to most modern boots Lange Freerides seem to have a lot more forward lean, way more actually.
The shop guy (Footworks in Chamonix sud, France. Excellent shop btw.) told me that "low cuff and extra forward lean is good for freeriding". Is it actually? (haven't thought this too much, just lately I've noticed the huge forward lean)
For me it seems that with big, wide and straight skis the Lange FR's work fine but when I'm with smaller (park) skis w/ more sidecut and softer flex I could use a more upright boot. This sounds reasonable, right? Also, I have a mogul background and always thought that being (almost) as forward as possible is good, really pushing towards your cuffs and being aggressive (atleast this worked with the straight SL's and race boots back in the day...)
(EDIT, couple of pics of me in a very typical stance...I wonder if you could say something based on these???
and, here from the side, seems like I'm in a quite low stance and a bit back seated but still having a lots of angle in the knees and ankles and thus maintaining (at least some) pressure on the boot cuff...wondering if this a habit coming from having skied lots of softer/natural snow or if there's something wrong with the alignment(sp?)? Could I benefit from a bit more upright boot is the main question?
Also, I've been wondering what's the difference between ramp angle and forward lean, performance wise? Both seem to get you more forward, but I guess they don't work/function quite the same in the end...???