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Unruly Baker
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Here is what I have found to work well for me. You may have too much boot, it might be a good idea to look for an old Scarpa Laser, Scarpa Matrix, Garmont 3-buckle (Dynamite,etc..) or one of the 3-buckle Dynafit boots. Any somewhat low 3 buckle boot will be nice.

I am using the Garmont Dynamite. I run a 23″ wide stance, + 18 front and 0 back. I run the Voile 4 degree cants with sst socket head screws and extra Voile rubber gaskets (one set between the cants and the board and one set between the cants and the pucks, this keeps the pucks from sliding on the cants). I keep my power strap on but not very tight. My upper buckle is on the first notch, also not very tight. My boots have cant adjust screws on the outside of each ankle I loosen them so the boot can float through the cant range (my cant adjust screws will not back all the way out, they have a stop/burr preventing them from coming all the way out easily). I skin and ride in walk mode. When I ride down I tighten the 2 buckles over the top of my foot, pulls my heel back just like my soft binders, keeping the power strap and upper buckle loose combined with the loosened cant adjustment screws gives me good fore/aft flex.

I am pretty happy with this set-up. I run Will’s Spark binders and Drivers when I know the skin track and riding will be soft (Late Dec-Feb). But I run hardboots and plates early and late season. My hardboot set up rides very similar to the Spark/Driver combo, the drivers are so damn stiff, I learned to barely lace the uppers on those too. I just really like the way my hardboot set-up skins on long tours with variable conditions. But I still think the Sparks/Driver combo rides better, but for me not a ton better than my hardboot set-up. When I switch to softboots and Sparks I remove the cants. Will’s binders are an improvment over the voile plates and soft binders for skinning in terms of weight and performance, but they still don’t skin as well as hardboots on hard slick traverses, for me anyway, could be technique though.

Holler if you have more questions.