Got a pair of standard rectangular but adjustable on my foil board. They are ok, but I do tend to get the feeling that I don't have the full feeling over my foot from the strap. For me this is crucial when learning as I need to do a lot of adjustments to keep it stable.
Did see some fellow race foils this weekend and their straps looked much more solid.
What's your experience with straps? Or do I just need to get used to it.
Hmmm, when learning, my experience is that straps are needed, but only to get "up" meaning so you can make the waterstart easy and every time.
It will maybe give some the feeling of more control, but I dont see this happening.
When you are jumping, it is another issue of course
Most set their straps really loose, so they will slip out immediately when they fall.
Because, you dont ride pushing or pulling in the straps at all, like you do on surf or raceboards - the board is up and weightless with nothing pounding like on other boards.
When experienced, you might be able to get other advantages, like being able to tweak the board in tricks, but that will not be an issue right now Niels.
I ride without straps myself, only used straps in the very start.
This is personal though - as most use straps it seems, but for racing you want every help you can get of course
So I would not worry much about the straps, as long as they can be set ok comfy and not too tight
Is it just me seing it this way - what do others think ?
Maybe you have seen the threads about foot hooks ?
A foot hook is the front strap being a hook only (like having the front half of the strap only), so you can tilt the board up and start easily - and when you fall you dont risk twisting ankles.
This hook will also give hold, for those who like this.
The "soft" integrated footpad hooks like North got on some boards can also be used I think.