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post #31 of 37

Hi L@AirC,

 

Please see the second photo that NOBODY provided.  That is essentially what I'm referring too.  What made it work for me was getting the booster strap as high up on the liner tongue as I could so as to completely clear the shell cuff.  To do otherwise would put the strap between the cuff and liner and thus not allowing the strap to stretch..   As to the driver plate I mentioned, imagine if the liner tongue didn't extend high enough above the cuff to allow room for the booster strap to pressure it?  In this case a driver plate is used.  Simply put, a driver plate is just a taller plastic liner tongue that will extend above the cuff allowing the booster strap to pull against it.  Sorry I don't have pictures myself to add.  Pictures say it all...

 

I understand there is no right or wrong in this case, but this method does seem to more accurately support the design of the strap.  Try it all different ways.  This is the way that worked for me and I admit I would have never believed it without trying.  My boots feel completely different and in a good way...

 

FYI.  Try going to Sturtevents.com for driver plates.  Its where I bought mine.  If you don't have a store local too you, just ask for the boot shop there and they should be able to email you a photo or link of sorts. 

post #32 of 37

Hi Nobody..  Thanks for posting pictures.  That does better explain my thoughts on how to install a booster strap....

post #33 of 37
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

so mm, you put them inside when you want a softer flexing boot, or when you want a different resultant leg angle?



Essentially softer, with more resiliency and more ankle range of motion. 

 

I've never quite thought of it that way, but I guess the increased ankle RoM could be resulting in a more acute forward flex angle.  

post #34 of 37

Greg Hoffman told me that if you have limited ankle range of motion that you'd want a stiffer boot, not softer, so that the smaller range of flex would create more pressure on the ski.  If your ankles don't flex much, and you wear a soft boot it gives way and thus reduces the pressure on the tip of the ski.

post #35 of 37

^^^ Absolutely very well said SMJ

post #36 of 37
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

Greg Hoffman told me that if you have limited ankle range of motion that you'd want a stiffer boot, not softer, so that the smaller range of flex would create more pressure on the ski.  If your ankles don't flex much, and you wear a soft boot it gives way and thus reduces the pressure on the tip of the ski.



That makes very good sense.  I think this idea can stretch a bit further. 

 

You've addressed the situation where the skier has limited range of motion in the ankle due to their own physiology.  Choice of boot flex helps get best application of force within limited physical range of motion.

 

Sometimes it's a matter of a performance or environment choice. 

 

I have good range of motion in my ankles, in terms of physical joint capability.  I ski a pretty stiff boot because most of the time I want forward and especially lateral forces transmitted fully and quickly to my skis.

 

Skiing in the bumps is one of the times when I'm more interested in absorbing forces, which I can achieve with more ankle RoM, which in turn I can get with more flex and resilience in my boots.  Since I only have a single pair of boots, I adjust buckles & Booster straps to get closer to the desired effect.

post #37 of 37

windjammer574

 

I realize this an old thread but I just found today.  

 

The pictures that noboby posted are the way the creator of the booster strap intended it to be used.   I know Ray personal.  I haven't read all the posts so I don't if this information has been posted before.  They were create in Rhode Island at only ski left  Yawgoo Valley in Exeter. ( at one time there were 5 total ski area in the state)  That where I worked with Ray and also start my teaching career some 24 years ago.

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