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Setting Stance Angles

post #1 of 5
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I read the threads here and see that stance angles vary from person to person.  I'm setting my son's board up (I ski) who is new to this.  He's 17. 5'10" 180ish and regular stance.  This is his first year since he was about 8 snowboarding.  The guy at the shop mounted the bindings and showed me all the doohickeys and how to make adjustments.  My son wasn't there at the time so as far as setting the angles, we left it at - they are easy to adjust without tools so just play with them.


If I learned anything from skiing, it's that slight adjustments can have big effects.  So to get him in the "ball park" I had him put on his socks and run and slide on the floor like you do to figure out if you're goofy or regular.  Then at the end of the slide I had him freeze and matched the angle of his bindings to the angles of his feet.  He ended up with the front foot at 20 deg (towards the front) and back at 5 (towards the back).  Or something close to that.  My reasoning was that the stance he ended up in is the stance his body wants to be in and does it naturaly.


Is this a good way to start or are beginners better off starting at a "beginners" setting and working towards a more advance setting from there?  If so, what would that be? 




post #2 of 5

I would just go with that. 18, -6. Probably 22.5-23" wide? That's a very common, neutral  stance around here for all mountain riding.


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There are different philosophies for what a beginners setting should be. The Burton LTR program recommends a duck stance of +6/-6 as a default. Stance width may also vary from shoulder width to greater or smaller than shoulder width. Changes to stance angles or stance width can affect performance, but there is not set rule for better or worse. It's really a matter of personal comfort and what works best for the individual rider.

post #4 of 5
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Both of you, thanks.


The bindings are easy to adjust and he's getting private lessons tomorrow so I'll ask the instructor to pay attention to it.

post #5 of 5
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He tried the 20/-5 in the mornig before his lesson and didn't like it.  Talked to his instructor about it who recommended something close to 6/-6.  Changed it to that and he did great.  The two hour private lesson helped a lot too.  He actually stayed out there all day, went down the steepest trails they have (without heel sliding the whole way) and is looking forward to going back.

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