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If you are a starter, you may find it a difficult task to adjust your snowboard binding. But, it is not that tough as you think! In fact it is quite simple. Here is how you can adjust your snowboard binding:
- Forward lean: First of all, check your board's forward lean. The forward lean is the amount of forward angle on the highback support. For more leverage and more responsive heelside turning, add more forward lean. By adding forward lean, you are likely to force your knees to bend, thereby ensuring a good riding stance. But, too much forward lean may make your knee bend too much. Over bending your knees put pressure on your quadriceps muscles, thus reduces your ability to turn easily. Therefore, don't overdo it. You can usually adjust the forward lean in soft-boot bindings by changing the position of a plastic stay behind the highback.
- Rotating the highbacks: You can rotate your bindings' highbacks, if your bindings have slots on the hinges where the highbacks are fastened to the binding's baseplate. In order to make heelside turning more responsive than when it is angled along with the baseplate, you can adjust your bindings in parallel with the snowboard's heel side edge. Do it by loosening the bolts and rotating the highbacks.
- Adjusting strap position: It involves unscrewing the straps from the baseplate and moving them forward or backward on the bindings. If you want to improve control, move the straps higher up on the foot. Conversely, move them down lower to increase flexibility.