How to Set Up Your Snowboard Heel Cup And Highbacks

Introduction

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Hey Shredders,

So, you are wanting to start snowboarding, maybe you've borrowed a friend's board on the mountain, or rented one from a shop a couple times but now you finally go and get your own board.

You open up the board and go “Huh?” it's not all together, or if it is maybe it doesn't fit your feet right, or take into account your stance, like are you regular or goofy, or how wide your feet are apart.

What does that mean? Blisters, or a broken ankle if you don't know what you are doing.

In this video we go over the basic snowboard gear tutorial that is designed to help you set up your new board correctly and Adjust your Snowboard Heel Cup and Highbacks to keep you shredding and away from the physical therapist.

Lets jump into it Shredder.

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How to Adjust The Snowboard Bindings High Back to Give You Forward Lean

snowboard bindings

Christian: (00:00)
What up shredder, we're back with our resident gear expert, sketchy B. And today we're going to break down a little more advanced stuff with bindings. So if you're here today, you should already have a snowboard and bindings, and you've already connected the two. Now, if you've made it that far, we're going to show you how to tweak some of your bindings. Get a little custom feel out of them. We're going to do some stuff like you. Don't cups high backs, ease forward leap. So if you wanna check that out, that's what we're getting into. Don't forget to subscribe to the channel, get notifications. That's going to make sure you never miss a video. Let's get into it. All right, Rebecca sketchy, beat best gear man I've ever met. And he's going to break down how to customize their bindings. And what's the point of customers are like, why do we want to take this stuff and make it personal to us?

Ben: (00:51)
So these brands put a lot into these bindings. Uh, there's a lot more technical stuff that your average rider isn't going to pick up on. So really fine tuning and tweaking. Your binding is a, it's an advantage when you're on the road.

Christian: (01:03)
So this is like, if you want to be a more advanced rider, if you want to break through the ranks and not be beginner anymore, this is the guy who's really show you how to do it. So let's get into it. What are we going to start with here?

Ben: (01:12)
Why don't we start with four lean adjustment? Okay. So in snowboarding, everybody's out there kind of trying to do the same thing. Everyone just does their own little twist on it. The binding that we grabbed to talk to you about today is the burden Lexa. This is probably one of the number one selling women's findings. It's very common out there. So we're going to talk about this forward lean adjustment dial. So on the Burton Lexa, they call it the flat. That's what it stands for for the adjustment dial. You can see it has a negative and a positive sign. As you spin the negative, it's going to bring you down. Right. Whereas if you go positive, you can see that it's actually going to raise that high back and give you more of an aggressive angle. Oh yeah. Kind of putting you into a new, more athletic stance naturally. So the binding is going to help you get into that. Athletics

Christian: (01:58)
Is going to push you forward a little bit, make you bend your knees. And I know like when I was a kid, uh, I was in a Ford lean and then I started jumping and riding rails and I cut all my four lane. And then I got back into jumping and riding some half pipe and I put it back on there. Now we kind of like it. So like, how do we know if we should have for leaner?

Ben: (02:15)
Well, the beauty of snowboarding is it is all personal preference preference. A lot of this is just trial and error. So like Christian said from a young age, we played around with it. We got comfortable and we ultimately found what we like, um, moving forward. Um, but with 14 you will see it in particular styles of writing. Uh, like you said, half pipe riders. They want that low, uh, athletic stance. They want to be low to the pipe. Uh, so that four lean is common, again, uh, half bike riders and also quite a bit in GS or race. Right. So

Christian: (02:46)
Yeah, if you want to be able to cut into that edge super easily, like I know when I put some forward, lean on there, then I go for hillside cart. It's like, I don't even have to try, but then if I go ride rails, it's going to trip me up. So if I want, if I'm carving more and I'm writing more pipe, I'm going to have that forward lean. If I'm riding rails and I want to be saved flat on that rail, I'm going to cut some of that.

Ben: (03:05)
Yeah. So that's our fourth lean adjustment. That's just one, uh, one small variable that you can change on this binding.

How to Adjust Snowboard Heel Cups

Um, can we talk to him about fuel cups? I have a lot of people asking
questions about heel cups and where your foot should be sitting on the
board. So for some brands, they'll actually give you the option to
extend that heel cup. I'll show you on here on the all new clicker X HB
for next year. So this finding is strapless is it's a step in system
that you just kind of get right into, but the foot, the heel cup
adjustment on it is really, really easy. So I just want to demonstrate
some of the other stuff real quick before you do the heel cup with
Dustin.

Christian: (03:44)
What's one reason that we would want to adjust our healing.

Ben: (03:47)
Yeah,
that's a great question, Christian. So what you want with your boot
sitting in the binding is you want your boot to be as flush in that heel
cup as possible. You don't want a big gap there, cause that's gonna
basically equate to a delay in your term. We're not giving you support
where you need it. So what we want to do is get that heel cup as flushed
to fit the boot that you have as possible. Okay?

Christian: (04:08)
And so if we see a gap there, we might just need to move it up. And if it's a little too tight there we might.

Ben: (04:13)
Exactly.
And there's other ways to adjust that, you know, you can play with your
toe ramp. There's, there's a lot more variables, but this heel cup is
just a really easy way to demonstrate that he'll have adjustment. I
don't see it. So the only tool I need for this as a number three
screwdriver or most common tool and snowboarding, I'm going to go loose
on these, but not all the way out. So you can see on nice and loose on
that side, come around other sides,

Christian: (04:37)
Same thing.

Ben: (04:40)
Now
for this timing, it actually has the size. So you can know exactly
where you need to be. Uh, if you don't, if you don't have the boot there
with you and you know the size of your home and you can line it up with
a number, but for us here, we have the freedom to move on nights. So a
smaller boot you're going to come forward with pinch that he'll come in
with larger boot, just so you're not squished there. Check that out. And
then you re tighten and you're good to go.

Christian: (05:05)
Cool.
So some of you guys out there have big feet and you're not sure how to
make your bindings fit. We're just going to pop that heel cup out. It's
an easy one.

Gear Tutorial for Beginners - Adjusting Lateral Pitch

Ben: (05:14)
Now a lot of this stuff can be done while you're mounted onto the board. What I want to show you real quick on this bird, Alexa is just your tope, your tow ramp adjustment. Okay. I hope we're not getting too complex here, correct? Let's break it down. So underneath here, so this is why you need to have the binding off. You're essentially pulling the sky up And then moving back along these different flips here on base. So that's, if you have a really small boot, you can see, we just shrunk that imprint of the Vining gun. If you're getting a toe, hang over the front, we're going to just do just the opposite there and bring this back out.

Christian: (05:55)
This is going to be pretty standard on boats, bourbon bindings, the way that we're adjusting this,

Ben: (05:59)
You know, every brand is innovating and looking to change. These are a little bit older, so they've kind of taken this clunky system and just cleaned it up a little bit. So if you are having issues with your toe ramp adjustment, just, you know, a lot of times you are just going to want to kind of pop that lining off and see where you want to be and then put it right back on. So there we are shrink our toes back up, and now we're good to go back on the board. One more thing we want to talk about here on the high backs is your lateral pitch. All right. So a lot of bindings will come just stock straight up and down, no twist to them. Now, when I'm talking about that lateral pitch on the back, it's actually the angle that your high back is sitting at. So that's adjustable by the side screws right here. And we can kind of walk you through how to, how to adjust that, or I'm sorry, that's what these screws right down here. That's how you're going to adjust your lateral pit.

Christian: (06:47)
Cool. And so if we're thinking about the Dustin, your lateral pitch, like how would we know that we should do that? What's an indicator that we should maybe try to make that, so that

Ben: (06:56)
There's a lot of snowboarders that don't absolutely swear by this again, it's one of the reasons I love snowboarding it's personal preference, right? Yeah. The ideal setup for a lot of people is to have that high back totally. Even with your heel side edge. So you're getting the support where you need it and not putting any weird pressure into other angles.

Christian: (07:15)
Okay. So what's something, if I'm out there riding right now, I'm looking at my heel back. What's something that might show me that I should try it

Snowboard Fitting for Beginners

Ben: (07:22)
A lot of times. It's, it's what you're feeling. So if you feel a pressure higher up on your leg, on outside, you might have your binding over-corrected too much. Whereas you want to bring that back and be level with your heel side on chalk, right? So let's give it a shot. Okay. Number two, screwdrivers. So a smaller head on this one, it's going to work for some of your, uh, hardware that you're not making constant adjustments to a lot of this stuff. Once you set it, you're pretty much good to go. So again, we're going to show you how to adjust that lateral pitch of your high back. And again, just loosening. I don't need to go all the way with this. We just want it to be able to slide along those teeth down there. So get our other side a little bit loosened up. You can see that moving freely down here, right? Yeah. So we can get all the adjustment out of this high back. So what I like to do line it up, see how we're sitting here and then you're going to kind of want to tweak it. This will actually help a little bit. If the board is mounted, then once we get it to the pitch that we like, they're kind of matching our height or a hillside edge, we'll just tighten those back up.

Christian: (08:39)
Well, so we just rotated that high back to lineup with our yard back of our legs, get a little more support.

Ben: (08:49)
And another thing you want to make sure that once you tighten this back up is that you're flush with your high back your cute coat. And there we are matching our hillside. Awesome. Uh, so just to recap what we just did here, we went over our Ford lean adjustment, our heel cup adjustment, our high back lateral pitch, as well as our auto rant adjustments. So it was a lot to take in, but we gave it all to you right there.

Christian: (09:18)
And if you're the type of rider who wants to customize your setup exactly to you, you want to have every single setting tweaked perfectly. So you get the most out of your writing and you write like this guy or the best numbers I've ever seen in my life, tweak all the settings. Make sure it feels good. Go out there, give it a shot and let us know how it goes. We'd love to hear about it. Don't forget to like the video for the album.

Cheers. Peace out, shredder, peace out further.

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