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Bode's Boots

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I'm confused by what my limited knowledge of boot alignment alows me to understand. Did Bode increase ramp angle to achieve greater forward pressure on the front of the ski?He said his heel was 4mm higher giving him forward pressure. But then the article states he dropped the heel down in the boot.

Can you understand my confusion ? I'm not sure I even understand my confusion much less asking you to. Thanks.
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The description of moving across bumps, and the position of the knees at rest, sounds like the ankle is at maximum flexion.

The preloaded boot makes it possible to generate an extreme amount of force through the shins. Then the binding positions focuses this balance point at the appropriate place on the ski.

It sounds very much like driving your shins into the boots, with the bindings aligned to ensure that when you do that, the ski flexes at the exact right spot.

I'm sure you won't see him free ski in that getup....
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The heel height has to be no more than 45mm in the boot. By adding at the heel then lowering inside he increases ankle flexion in the boot and tips the cuff forward, hence the knees over the toes.
Does that answer your question?
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Next question, where should you feel pressure in the ski ?
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Slatz , let's see if I get it now. He raised the heel height via the riser plate on his ski, binding heel height or someother non ski boot adjustment then lowered his heel in his ski boot.

I thought before he was making these adjustments only via his boots and couldn't understand how he could raise his ramp and lower his heel.
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A lot of guys on the WC are doing this now. I actually use a ramp angle much like that on my skis, only i do it with spacers under the binding, so i dont have to go through all of the boot work to have it done. Plus the Doberman has to be raised to high to get that kind of a ramp ground into the inside of the boot that im not sure i could afford it if they messed it up. My boot fitter is one of the best in the country and actually talked about doing that to my boots for this season, but i opted for doing it on the ski. I have since seen a lot of guys with the toe of the boot lifted more than the heel of the boot by about 2 or 3 millimeters. Once you get used to it, you have an amasing feel for the si because you are actually more foreward than if you were ramped fareward on the ski or in the boot.
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He raised the heel by adding plates to the sole of the boot. Making it necessary to lower the heel inside to stay at the FIS 45mm requirement for heel height inside the boot to the bottom of the sole.
The FIS requirement for binding stand height is 55mm from the highest point on the binding to the ski base (snow). These guys are always pretty much at the max so if you change one thing you have to change another to stay legal.
If you look at the Nordica poster(picture from Time mag 2002) you can see the layers of red and black on the sole of his boots. These are riser plates that have been added.(the FIS standard was 55mm when that picture was taken)
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