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Postby ephillips » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:58 pm

What on earth are you supposed to do with your cuffs when slaloming? Should I do them up fairly tightly? Or just leave them undone as I would when sliding / street skating?

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Re: Cuffs?!

Postby Bebai » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:15 am

That's a very insightful question ephillps...

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Re: Cuffs?!

Postby Shaw » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:13 pm

Go with whatever you're comfortable with. Personally, I like them tight, but I also keep them tight for street skating and slides, and I don't bother with laces unless I'm preparing for a competition.

Edit: wait, no, that's not right. Loose is understandable, how are you sliding with them completely undone? Wouldn't that make certain slides much harder? Backslide, ern-sui, etc. are fairly taxing on your ankles, and the support of a cuff would definitely help with those.

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Re: Cuffs?!

Postby Doug » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:23 pm

Whenever you need more refined control, it's usually best to tighten everything for increased support & responsiveness. With your boots loose, controlling your edges is harder - in slides you can compensate for this with speed, the position of your weight & increasing the angle of your boot to the ground. This doesn't work quite as well in slalom as you're travelling much slower & need to maintain grip.

It doesn't matter much for basic moves though, as you aren't pushing the limits of your grip as much.

(Disclaimer: This is mostly working from vague memory. The last time I did any serious slalom/skating is now pushing a decade.)

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Re: Cuffs?!

Postby kev0 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:47 am

Personally, I do them tight for control. Slaloming with a loose cuff gets progessively more difficult with higher technical tricks

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