Tips Monday: Toe & Heel cup binding adjustments
It’s one or the other, compromise fine tuning of stance width to enable fine tuning of where the binding sits (edge to edge) or vice vica. Unless of course you have toe ramp and heel cup adjustments
One important key factor we haven’t covered yet, to do with your bindings, is the position of them across the width of your board. (see picture below)
I’m not talking about stance width – that was discussed last week. read Tips Mondays – Stance width | Snowboard binding angles
I’m talking about setting the binding up in the center of your board, edge to edge.
If you read last weeks Tips Mondays article you will know that we rotated the base plates so the slots ran parallel to our boards edge and used these to fine tune our stance width.
With our stance now set up, we can use the toe ramp and heel cup adjustments to make sure that the boot sits in the center of the board with even toe and heel overhang.
Key factor when buying
This is another important factor to look into when buying bindings as without the toe and heel adjustments, you will have to use the base plate to fine tune and position your bindings in the center (rotating the base plate so the slots run vertically)
However, when using the base plates like this you sacrifice fine tuning of your stance width. It’s one or the other, compromise fine tuning of stance width to enable fine tuning of where the binding sits (edge to edge) or vice vica. Unless of course you have toe ramp and heel cup adjustments!
Adjust so the boot sits snug within the heel cup and centered on the board.
NOTE: this should be done before adjustments are made to the high back (i.e. 0 degree forward lean and no rotation).
Further reading on this subject Tips Mondays – Angle / Rotating the high backs and Tips Mondays – Know your bindings, High backs / forward lean
With the heel cup adjusted and the boot in pace, extend the toe plate out to the furthest position, then reduce until there is no longer a gap between the bottom of the boot and the toe ramp.