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I noticed my full tilts came with alternate plastic risers to add more forward lean. The question: GENERALLY, what is the purpose of additional forward lean? I've tried them out, and it makes my stance a little better, but it feels more exerting. Maybe that's a good thing. For park I've taken the inserts right out for less lean than normal, but it was not too noticeable. Is it simple personal preference on adding more lean or not?
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Generally speaking, there are 2 schools of thought when it comes to forward lean- traditional and upright. Both work, but both depend on a combination of your biomechanical needs and what feels good to you.
Take 2 of our athletes Jossi Wells and Elias Ambühl- 2 super progressive freestyle athletes but they have completely different boot set ups. Jossi favors traditional forward lean, narrower last, stiffer flex while Elias favors a more upright forward lean, wider last, and slightly softer flex. Both work for freestyle, but each skier has different biomechanical needs and preferences.
FT allows you to change the forward lean by a couple of degrees. Not a ton, but it does affect your skiing. A boot-fitter can help guide you in the right direction by performing flexibility tests, but you can simply try out both and go with what feels more comfortable.
I have kryptons which also have the changeable inserts, after trying them all I left the biggest one in I thin it measured around 15 or 16 degrees. I found that it puts me in a more aggressive stance and I like that especially helps to jeep your shins in the front of them boots! So I would say just experiment and find what you like best!
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