Binding position / relationship to shoe size

JASJAS Posts: 246 Solid Baller
edited September 2010 in Technique & Theory
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Anyone ever think about this one? For example can't imagine that one binding position works equally well for size 9.5 vs size 13. Seems larger foot sizes might require front binding mounted closer to tail?
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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,346 Mega Baller
    edited September 2010
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    Interesting point, and I admit I'd never considered it before.  But I think it is extremely important to note that the leg is attached at one extreme end of the foot.  This means that a longer foot has a very small impact on position of center of mass relative to the ski.  (At least I sure think so.)
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    If humans had legs attached to their feet near the middle, using one end of it for binding position would be a huge mistake!
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    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • boarditupboarditup Posts: 584 Crazy Baller
    With a size 14 I have had to move by bindings forward on virtually all of my skis.  This is because the rear heel, and of course the ball, of the foot is so far back from the typical 9.5 that is changes the balance point of the ski.  So, about 3/8 of an inch is the average I set my bindings forward from typical specs to get good response from the ski and make it turn rather than stall.
    Karl DeLooff - Powered by the wind
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,346 Mega Baller
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    Not following.  Why is your heel anywhere different -- binding positions are normally specified in terms of heal position.
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    I'd expect that at factory your heel is exactly where everyone else's is, and that the ball of your foot is further <em>forward</em>.
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    I am guessing I am not understanding you correctly.
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    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • boarditupboarditup Posts: 584 Crazy Baller
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    The front foot heel is in the same spot - in theory - until you try to mount the plates.  My back foot heel and ball are much further back than those with normal feet size - by nearly 1.5 inches.  This is due the the length of my toes.  On typical plates, I have the rear plate in the holes furthest back and then have to put the front plate nearly all the way forward so my back foot toes can lay flat on the pad.  Only the Radar plates have enough room for my feet.  Most plates and bindings are not sized for my foot - try finding hardshells in a 14...  Absolute discrimination against Dutch people!
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    Also, from a balance perspective - the center of mass measurement (huh?)- the distance between the ball of the rear foot and the ball of the front foot - is the real setup measurement.  Since we cannot measure or control that very well, the rear of the front binding is the typical reference.  Big feet typically means longer toes, so that measurement changes as shoe size goes up.  Conversely, those with smaller feet may find out that their bindings may have to be moved back a bit.  I am sure plenty of women may be able to confirm or dispute this.
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    I only have family sized sample size, but from what I have seen, moving bindings forward helped me and let me mount my bindings on my non-Radar skis.
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    Karl DeLooff - Powered by the wind
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,346 Mega Baller
    Ah, you're talking about the REAR foot being back.  NOW it makes total sense. Thanks.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • h2odawg79h2odawg79 Posts: 599 Baller
    Now I know why Women are always checkin' out the size of Mens Bindings!
    HOO HAW! thankya very much
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,462 Mega Baller
    The balance point is your inside ankle bone..., but whatever works<img src="http://www.ballofspray.com/vanillaforum/js/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-laughing.gif" border="0" alt="Laughing" title="Laughing" />
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • DWDW Posts: 1,968 Mega Baller
    I would think Ron Scarpa is envious!

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