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Has anyone tried moving their bindings very far forward and simultaneously using a very large ramp angle on their boots or large delta angle on their bindings?  I'm curious if this may be something worth trying this season.

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There is a lot on boot setup from another thread: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/30060/technical-effects-of-binding-placement-fore-and-aft .  Also, Peter Keelty penned a good article titled Binding Placement (or something similar to that) a few years ago that is probably still on the Realskiers website.  His article was written well before the freestylers and the extreme skiers started messing around with radical binding placement, so it may not be relevant for you.

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Those are some good links and recommend them to anyone who hasn't read them, but I'm looking to take things a step further. Has anyone messed around with ramp angles, binding deltas, or forward lean much? A few of things I'm considering are:


- being able to bend all the way down while keeping the center of mass directly over the feet (in the sagital plane)

- optimizing magnitude and resultant direction of gravitational and centripetal force to be able to flex the ski as much as possible

- being able to minimize deflection of the ski at the end of the turn

- creating a stable, athletic neutral stance


with more focus on the first two goals

post #4 of 5

There's a lot of controversy over these issues.  I'd look to some advice from Lou Rosenfeld who has done testing with the Canadian Ski Team, Bud Heishman, and Jim Russell.  Lou and Bud are members here and are online from time to time; Jim Russell is a master boot fitter in Aspen who has done a lot of work with the US Ski Team.



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Some of us has spent considerable time testing and pondering this subject.  You have highlighted the four parameters on the fore/aft plane whos angles affect our fore/aft balance and stance.  Most of the boot fitters I know of and have worked with all agree we begin with assessing the foot and ankle and the dorsiflexion range of motion to determine appropriate ramp angles, then move up and out to the forward lean, then delta angle, then to some degree the binding mount position.


I have posted at length on this topic here on Epicski so try searching some key words and it should pop up.  You could also check out my website: http://www.snowind.com and click on boot fitting to find more info and 3D animations of the nine alignment parameters I have identified.


I can tell you that getting these four parameters working in harmony makes an amazing difference in your skiing.  

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