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Re: 2 or 3 straps

Postby slowboat » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:53 pm

Peter_Frank wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:28 pm
slowboat wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:39 pm
Peter_Frank wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:24 am



2 frontstraps, definitely, as you got the option :thumb:

Feels more comfortable, and MUCH easier when you are going to learn to jibe.

One single frontstrap is really only a benefit, IMO, for a few that find it feels better with one, when riding toeside.
Some find this to be the case, others dont, very personal.

And jibing sucks with only one frontstrap :-?

8) PF
Peter, are you saying 2 front straps and no rear strap?

My other concern with no rear strap is falling with only one foot in a strap

I did not comment on the rear strap...

Personally I prefer using the front AND rear strap, feel much safer not in doubt, hate being in one front strap only, way too risky for me - but can not speak for others so on purpose I didnt comment.

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I know you didn't, that's why I asked you specifically. :D

I appreciate eveyone's input. I also feel safer with both feet in straps.

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Re: 2 or 3 straps

Postby Pedro Marcos » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:58 pm

Regarding the back strap, all the "weird" stuff that happened to me when learning to foil was when i was trying to gybe, either with the board in the water or airgybe, and in that case you will have the back foot out of the strap anyway.

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Re: 2 or 3 straps

Postby yomotha » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:26 pm

Started foiling this year and took the back strap off even before my first session. I use two front straps only and will likely put the back strap on only when I'm ready to practice jumps.

It's a lot easier to get away from the board when you only have one foot in a strap compared to two if you're using the back strap.

My 2c, ditch the back strap unless you're working on jumps.

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Re: 2 or 3 straps

Postby aleks » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:36 pm

2 front straps for me, way easier to jibe. Switching from 1 front strap to 2 feels weird for about 15 minutes (slightly different balance), but after that I'd never go back.

About back strap - I never even consider taking off JUST the back strap. If you can't jump, why have any straps at all? For me it is either all straps or completely strapless. I do keep 1 front hook to assist with starting though, but I place it further forward and don't use it when I ride strapless.

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Re: 2 or 3 straps

Postby yomotha » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:31 pm

aleks wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:36 pm

About back strap - I never even consider taking off JUST the back strap. If you can't jump, why have any straps at all? For me it is either all straps or completely strapless. I do keep 1 front hook to assist with starting though, but I place it further forward and don't use it when I ride strapless.
Learning to foil strapless is a bit of a learning curve, so to at least have some leverage on the board, front straps remain.

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Re: 2 or 3 straps

Postby Peter_Frank » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:05 pm

aleks wrote:
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:36 pm
2 front straps for me, way easier to jibe. Switching from 1 front strap to 2 feels weird for about 15 minutes (slightly different balance), but after that I'd never go back.

About back strap - I never even consider taking off JUST the back strap. If you can't jump, why have any straps at all? For me it is either all straps or completely strapless. I do keep 1 front hook to assist with starting though, but I place it further forward and don't use it when I ride strapless.

Hmm, I partly agree...

But only when experienced - it makes no sense with front strap(s) only and no rear strap, in any way, this is a fact yes :thumb:

For learning though, it is different, as you need either a front and rear strap, or at least a front strap - depending on what you choose.
Or hooks, same thing...

Very different opinions on this regarding a rear or not for initial learning (also depends on whether you came from deep finned raceboards or not), so we will never be able to "settle" this - it will always be individual.

You are in between learning and experienced I can see, but you will soon be able to ditch the hook - makes no sense as soon as you have a bit more experience.

From then it is simple: Straps if you want to jump or race, strapless if you dont :rollgrin:

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Re: 2 or 3 straps

Postby lieutenantglorp » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:43 pm

I prefer 3 (2+1) foot hooks. I put my front foot strapless towards the middle more when riding toeside, but my front 2 are not right up against each other like on some other narrower boards. For the back foot, besides the jumping advantage from hooks/ straps you actually gain a lot more control having something for your back foot to press against. It makes the whole foil more responsive.


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