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Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby Beardytello » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:42 pm

Hi Guys!

I had a mishap at the start of August which left me with a broken fibia, it was caused because my left foot was stuck in the strap during a rather dramatic crash but my right foot had popped out.

I decided that if both my feet had stayed in or come out I would have been fine...I was looking for opinions, should I strap both feet tight so they are both less likely to come out (this is my least favourite idea) or have them loose so they come out easier?

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby edt » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:28 pm

You want them very loose but not so loose that you cant twist your foot in the strap (foot can get stuck if it's too loose). So make them comfortable, loose enough so you can remove your feet whenever you like but not so loose that the strap can go up around your ankle. Having both feet never leaving the board is good too but for that you must wear boots not straps.

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby Toby » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:34 pm

I use mine huge. This way the foot can twist inside the strap...so if one foot gets out the board can twist around the foot, and not break my knee.

But then you need to ride with the foot a bit twisted to lock yourself in. No problem for me. Just play around and see how big you can ride them comfortably.

Looser is also better since you can easier kick the board away if you are about to crash hard.

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby edt » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:44 pm

Toby is an expert rider. If you are not an expert, especially if you are new, I suggest not making the straps completely loose.

If you can do this:

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. . .then the straps are too lose and you should tighten them up. What happens is the entire foot goes past the strap and then its stuck somewhere around the ankle. At this point you are in a one foot in one foot out situation and it's impossible to fix because that strap gets wedged right around your ankle and the board twists. The board twisting tightens the strap around the ankle and makes it impossible to get off. If you have ever had this particular type of crash you know what I'm talking about. Too loose is bad (except for experts).

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby matth » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:53 pm

loose, but like edt said not so loose that your foot could slip through.

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby Bille » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:13 pm

edt wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:44 pm
Toby is an expert rider. If you are not an expert, especially if you are new, I suggest not making the straps completely loose.

If you can do this:

Image

. . .then the straps are too lose and you should tighten them up. What happens is the entire foot goes past the strap and then its stuck somewhere around the ankle. At this point you are in a one foot in one foot out situation and it's impossible to fix because that strap gets wedged right around your ankle and the board twists. The board twisting tightens the strap around the ankle and makes it impossible to get off. If you have ever had this particular type of crash you know what I'm talking about. Too loose is bad (except for experts).
@ edt :
Would Hooks work for this scenario ; i never used them , so
i don't know ?
If Yes , then i'm gonna go build myself a set for my directional !!

Bille

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby Toby » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:14 pm

Agreed. Too loose is bad too.

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby br44 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:24 am

3rd option - strapless?

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby edt » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:37 am

I've never used hooks. It's hard to boost with hooks and well, I love boosting, even on my hydrofoil. You'll have to ask someone who likes the hooks.

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Re: Loose straps or tight (for a beginner who broke self)

Postby dylan* » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:27 pm

It's a matter of taste, for a twintip I keep mine fairly tight but loose enough that it will come off easily if I fall the wrong way. My test is that I should be able to get my feet into the straps without having to use my hands -- I usually dive my kite and jump onto my board while putting my feet in the straps while standing.

that said, sometimes you will fall the wrong way and you might not come out. I had a small fracture in my foot last year while foiling toeside with very loose straps. I went over the handlebars and my foot just bent the wrong way.


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