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Ramp/fwd lean

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Here are the stats: 6'3" 230.
Prefer carving/racing. Ski in Ontario, therefore hardpack.

Dorsiflexion 6-7 degrees.
Plantarflexion 60 degrees.

Flexion measured with legs on table, pulling toes up and pushing down, without resistance.

Which boots should I consider given that amount flexion?

post #2 of 10
Sorry this doesn't help much. Was your butt or back above or bellow the table. Were you lying flat? Why not measure your dorsiflexion standing up? Good idea, though.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Butt on table, legs stretched straight out, back of knee on table, torso sitting up. Sitting like that, you don't have to worry about balancing, and it is really easy for someone else to measure.
post #4 of 10
What we can tell from your post is that you are a big guy, in cold weather, hard snow, that likes to carve.

Let's not debate how you figured out that you have a limited amount of motion in ankle dorsiflexion because 6 to 7 degrees is low no matter how it was measured. However congratulations on your excellent plantar flexion your parents must be very proud!

So, general rules to follow:

Limited ankle dorsiflexion= a stiffer boot (less forward effort nets greater response to the ski and lets your ankle operate in a narrow movement range) Heel height in the boot is more critical for this skier ( usually raised )

Excessive ankle dorsiflexion = also a stiffer boot ( allows skier to get the pressure to the ski without using their full range of motion. ) Heel height in the boot can be lowered or toe raised to help take up some of the excessive motion of forward flex.

As far as which stiffer boot is for you, see a bootfitter with a good selection of fits in the 120 to 150 range. Most of the boots that are available in those flexes tend to be 98mm or narrower in the forefoot.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

The 6-7 degrees is just how much I can pull it up, not how much I can flex it under load. That would be a far different number.

When you measure dorsiflexion, is it unloaded (the way I did it) or do you stand up and flex deeply, until it "comes up against the stop"?
post #6 of 10
Too many variables when checking while standing.

You can contort your hips, knees, sub talar joint, midfoot and forefoot to "show" someone how great your ankle rom is.

A good bootfitter will know how to assess your ankle rom and make the proper adjustments from that assessment. All you need to know is are you in the normal range, limited range, or excessive range. Adjust boot model or stance accordingly.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
I guess I don't know if the fitters are looking for the minimum shin angle wrt floor or how high you can lift the ball of your foot.
post #8 of 10
Typically how high you can lift the ball of foot off the deck, when the lower leg is perpendicular to the earth. Straight line to the knee. No twist left or right of the forefoot.

Find a good fitter in your neck of the woods.
post #9 of 10
I measure standing, no problems here. We ski standing.
post #10 of 10
As long as ankle joint is isolated and not cofused with stj.,mid tarsal joint and fore foot you can do it any way you like
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