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One (more) question about Booster Strap

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have thoroughly read all the threads and I still have one question.
I am male, 6', 170lbs, and a fairly agressive skier. I wear the stock boot power strap around the liner and under the cuff. Since I already do this would I there be much difference with a Booster Strap?
Previous threads suggest it tis the elasticity of the Booster Strap that is a large benefit. But like Helluvaskier I have a hard time buying into that. It seems to me elasticity=dampness=less responsive boots. Am I missing something here?
post #2 of 11
I am not an expert, but have used Boosters for the past two seasons. I am using the WC model.

First, the Booster Strap affects the fore aft flex of the boot. In my opinion, the responsiveness of a boot mainly is dependent on the lateral stiffness.

The booster strap elasticity comes into play as the leg moves forward before it contacts the shell of the boot. Once the front of the shell is engaged, the plastic provides more resistance than the strap, unless the boots are softer flexing than the strap. When your legs return to a neutral stance the booster helps bring the leg back. I think being elastic it also creates a smoother flex pattern.

This is my impression of what it does. It may also be a figment of my imagination to justify the expenditure.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm in a Lange 120 Comp fwiw. I did notice a marked improvement when I moved the stock power strap from outside the cuff to inside.
post #4 of 11
In my new boot setup I use the power straps as you do, under the cuff, and the booster straps over the cuff. I like being able to grab that strap and yank on it to tighten up a bit. I like the combination of both straps.
post #5 of 11
I'm quite happy with the original strap on my Crossmax 10s.

Edit: I never felt a need to change the original strap on my Koflach Comp 911s either.
post #6 of 11
I am moving mine over to a pair of Fischer Worldcups. The power strap is two pieces and each is riveted on. I have Intuition liners that come above the shell. Instead of drilling out the rivets, I am thinking about leaving them on. I was going to do the opposite, put the booster around the liner and the strap around the shell.

Any thoughts?
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
In my new boot setup I use the power straps as you do, under the cuff, and the booster straps over the cuff. I like being able to grab that strap and yank on it to tighten up a bit. I like the combination of both straps.
post #7 of 11
I have mine on a pair of Lange Freeride Comp 120s. I think it was one of the best & least expensive improvements I have ever made.

Since a pair of booster straps cost less than 1/2 of many lift tickets these days, I think it is a very cheap experiment if nothing else.

If you don't like them you will have no problem selling them here or on ebay.

Take the $20 gamble...go for it, you might like them.
post #8 of 11
It's not so much the elsaticity as it is the flex pattern it creates. As fischermh alluded to, you get a much more progresssive flex as long as the shell is not softer than the strap. Also, you get a different response by wearing the strap inside the boot around the liner. I personally don't do this but many people prefer the strap inside the shell. For me I prefer flexing the shell and having the strap respond to the input. I have found with the strap inside the boot there is a difference in flex and a dead spot is created around the lower leg as the upper shin makes contact with the boot cuff. Also, the recoil is transmitted directly to the leg which tends to drive one into the backseat at times.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by MojoMan View Post
It's not so much the elsaticity as it is the flex pattern it creates. As fischermh alluded to, you get a much more progresssive flex as long as the shell is not softer than the strap. Also, you get a different response by wearing the strap inside the boot around the liner. I personally don't do this but many people prefer the strap inside the shell. For me I prefer flexing the shell and having the strap respond to the input. I have found with the strap inside the boot there is a difference in flex and a dead spot is created around the lower leg as the upper shin makes contact with the boot cuff. Also, the recoil is transmitted directly to the leg which tends to drive one into the backseat at times.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that prefers the Booster outside. For much the same reasons you list.
post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by MojoMan View Post
It's not so much the elsaticity as it is the flex pattern it creates. As fischermh alluded to, you get a much more progresssive flex as long as the shell is not softer than the strap. Also, you get a different response by wearing the strap inside the boot around the liner. I personally don't do this but many people prefer the strap inside the shell. For me I prefer flexing the shell and having the strap respond to the input. I have found with the strap inside the boot there is a difference in flex and a dead spot is created around the lower leg as the upper shin makes contact with the boot cuff. Also, the recoil is transmitted directly to the leg which tends to drive one into the backseat at times.
Stuffing the strap inside the cuff in front of the tongue is like stuffing anything inside the cuff infront of the tongue: It will mimic the action of a more upright boot.

Some people like this since it effectively moves the front of the cuff back, which allows them to better pressure the tips from their tail-gunner stance.

Some people do not like this, as it restricts the amount of forward movement they can make, and effectively puts them in the back seat.

Others like this, because their boot cuff has too much fwd lean and they don't ski very aggressively anyway.

I think I just had an HS moment !
post #11 of 11
I had some thoughts a couple of months ago:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=62948

nowadays I try not to.
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