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It’s Christian here with Sketchy B bringing you a brand new snowboarding equipment tutorial showing you how to set up your new board and specifically how to set up your strap length to suit your build.
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Hey Shredder, it’s Christian from shred school.
We got our peer experts sketchy be in the house, and today we’re hooked up probably the most common finding adjustment that you can do. Sometimes people get on the mountain, they figure out their straps don’t actually fit their boots. So today we’re going to break that down.
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Ajustments here. You’re talking about strap, length adjustments. We’ve got our heels shots. We’ve got our tow strap and we’re just going to dial these in so that our findings are snugged, so we can go out there and shred it.
Sketchy B: (00:44)
Yeah. So the first thing you might be asking yourself is I got the bindings on the board. I’m good to go. Why do I need to worry about the strap adjustment, getting that strap, adjustment down and can not only eliminate some foot pain, but it can also hold you in more secure, get you really flushing your bindings and provide for an optimal experience.
That’s not a good reason to pay attention. I don’t know what it is, but where do we start with this? Ben, if we’re out there and you know, everybody’s feet, everybody’s feet, what’s a little different food is different size.
And so I know for me, if I borrow a friend’s board or something like that, all can get out there and realize like, I’m just pinching my foot with these bindings and need to adjust. So we’re going to break down how to actually do that on the fly on the mountain today, even while you’re shopping.
Sketchy B: (01:28)
Yeah. So the first step we want to do is make sure you get the right size by name. I’ve made this mistake before, uh, getting an XL binding and just kind of swimming in that bike. Yeah. Just swimming grass is just awful. The hustler in the hallway. Yeah. So, so you want to get the right size binding.
Okay. A lot of the boxes will have your shoe size correlated to your binding range size. Uh, for example, you know, a, a size eight boot is going to be in that medium size range, uh, up to, you know, you can kind of skirt on a large, if you’re in a size eight boot and XL binding, like I found myself you’re going to be swimming in it. You’re going to have that time. And they’re probably not going to let you return them depending on the store.
Yeah. So what are we looking at range wise? Like when do I know to switch to a medium binding to social large binding? Cause I think I’m right in the threshold at it.
Sketchy B: (02:16)
You are there at a 10, a 10 can kind of go either way. Um, it also depends on the brand of the boot. Uh, some foods have a bigger imprint, a bigger soul. Some companies do a little bit of shrinkage and bring that, uh, bring that in print down a little bit. So if you’re in a size 10 32, you’re probably be in a large binding. Yeah.
There’s a rise large. So then below attention, we’re looking at a medium. When does it switch to the small?
Sketchy B: (02:40)
A lot of companies don’t do small. Uh, but if you are in that in between, you know, if you’re coming in at like a seven range, um, you know, you’re going to look for specific brands that do make a binding small enough for you, or, you know, a lot of brands will do a medium that just has that ability to go down to a size five too. So, so we pretty much got to decide between a medium and a
Large and they do make extra large
Sketchy B: (03:02)
And there are extra large for the Sasquatch out there for that size 15 snowboarder. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. There are bindings that work for you. Awesome. Alright. Let’s jump into how do I adjust these things? Yeah. So once you get the right size binding, we’re talking medium, large, extra large, whatever it is, then you’re going to fine tune the strap, adjust it from there.
So what we have here, we’re talking about, uh, the Burton Lexa today, again, a very popular binding for the ladies and it’s also a pretty universal, uh, adjustment method, at least for upward binding. So what we have right here, this is our ankle strap right here comes across the top of the foot and you can see there’s a little flip-up piece right here. So that can be, you’ll see the, uh, the screw head in there, but a cool piece about this is you can actually do it by hand.
Sketchy B: (03:45)
If you’re not riding with a screwdriver or you don’t find that a tool bench at the top of the mountain, this is something you can do on the flight. So what we’re going to do here is kick this out and see the, uh, the strap right there. Basically, we’re going to kick this out all the way, cause we got a big foot and you can see we’re maxing all the way out there. This is something I typically try not to do.
I don’t want to go on the last hole because it creates an extra stress without a lot of material to support. But we’re just doing that for an example right now see that our ankle strap is all the way out. We have a much further reach, a similar adjustment on the toe here. So same deal.
We’re going to come in, pop this up and then we’re just turning lefty loosy to bring it out. You can see the piece extending out just for a unison set up here. We’re going to go all the way out. You don’t want to cross thread. These kind of put up, apply a little bit of pressure to the back with your hand turn until it’s tight and locked back in. You can see, we just adjusted our toe and heel strap.
Awesome. Easy enough. So does everybody look like this and I guess, can we do this on the fly or should we do this at home? Does it matter? It’s typically something I like to try and set. It’s not like your boots
Sketchy B: (04:58)
Changing that much in size throughout their lifetime, even. So once it’s something you kind of set and you’re comfortable with, you’re kind of good to go. It’s more so if you’re trading boards with your buddies out there or you’re demoing a board and you want to make those adjustments on the fly, you can do so.
Cool. Alright. Yeah. So that’s just one method we’re going to go to even quicker or efficient and solid set up right here in the K2 indie binding.
So this system, again, all these brands are out there kind of trying to do the same thing with their own twist on it. So on the indie here, what we have is more of a slider. So if these are snug and you can’t get it by hand, they’re designed to do by hand a little trickier is just to get a screwdriver, get some leverage. And then you’re just popping that right up. Almost easier than one hand, honestly. Yeah. That’s just a little trick you can do to kind of almost like a Crow bar, right? So then you can see we’re just operating on the slide system
Sketchy B: (05:53)
And where we want it. And then you’re walking back down really, really quick. Again, this is one you can definitely do on a flop, same deal on the toe here. So what we’re going to do and get that free, tighten it up, bring it back. And then you’re locked in. I always like to check both my front and back.
Yeah. First to make sure I’m at least close to the same spot. This free slider system is going to give you a little bit more adjustability. You’re not on individual holes to set. So it is nice to get that really, really dialed in. Alright, sweet. So we know how to adjust the straps. How do we know where to adjust them too? For our booth? You don’t want that to look like. So maybe I can just give you a good demonstration on this one and give us a demo.
Sketchy B: (06:32)
As long as you only have one boot on it, we would want to see two boots. I’ve got one dude on, so that’s perfect. And it’s going to be my backflip. Cool. Typically not anything. Uh, you would see out there with somebody yesterday, nothing wrong with her back foot first, but for the sake of video here.
So unstrap our straps, kick everything up and out of the way, this is more often than not where I see people breaking stuff. You’re trying to get your foot in here like that.
That’s a no go. Don’t do that. So get everything out of the way. Kind of fish it out. So now we’re seeing that we’re sitting in there flush, right? I always start with my ankle strap because it’s going to pull me back into the heel pocket. Nice and snug. Now you see him kind of maxing out.
Sketchy B: (07:16)
Sometimes you want that extra click when you’re out there. So here’s how easy we can adjust that strap. Notice my foot is still in. I can get us out exactly where I want and that’s what you’re looking for on the ankle strap. See how that padding is the whole way across my foot.
There’s no bunching and it’s not extended. So that’s our perfect setup. Her ankle strap still got room to crank. If we need it. Now let’s go to the tub. Let me split a little juice in the tank. Crank it down. As far as you want out of the mountain, I’ve heard people say that before, and that’s what we’re here to do.
So this is a, I’m going to quote my great friend, Royal white on this one. This is something that I’ve taken from him. He’s very knowledgeable on the board, but this is called.
Sketchy B: (07:55)
See the scene. When you look down and you can see the seam on your toe, back on your toolbox there, that’s how, you know, you are dialed in not only applying pressure on the top of your foot, holding you down solid, but also this extra strap down here is kicking back into the heels for a really flush, fit and feel awesome. So we want to be able to see the theme, which says the steam is in between the Toca. Exactly. Yep. So that’s it right there.
That’s a good fit. Notice the strap is evenly across the foot. It’s not bunched up at one end or the other are a little bit tight there. Again, adjustments made on the fly are very, very easy with this system. Really awesome. That’s our strap adjustment. Oh, peace out shredder.