Since an ankle injury earlier in the year I've been forced to run the top strap of my reflex tighter in order to allow faster release in falls. This locks my ankle in and prevents too much dorsiflexion. However, in doing so I've found it much more difficult to load my front foot going into the turns. This slows my turn rate by keeping the tip out of the water, holds my COM back, and results in a significantly worse stack and reduced cross-course velocity out of the turn. However, recently diving into the archives I've come across discussions such as this:http://www.ballofspray.com/forum#/discussion/1246/rear-heel-lift
Which seem to indicate some people believe the heel of the reflex boot sits a bit low. Also, I've found that some pros lift the heel of the reflex boot such as KC Wilson:
I'm running a 750 reflex and it does appear as though my heel is about 1/8" lower than the ball of my foot. This doesn't seem like much, but a 1/8" heel lift could potentially give a skier about 1/2" of COM movement forward if used correctly. I'm thinking this approach might help address my current problem, but I thought I would throw it out there to the community before I tried another band-aid. So I have 5 quick questions for whomever may be willing/able to answer them:
1) Are normal binders flat at the foot plate or is there a slight heel lift?
2) How many people with a reflex boot are running some form of heel lift and how much?
3) How are you accomplishing the heel lift if you are?
4) How tightly do you strap down the reflex?
5) Might fin adjustments help with such a problem? I'm currently running Matt Brown's settings on a 2013 67" HO A3:http://ballofspray.com/forum#/discussion/7129/a3-2013/p2