thanks for joining the h+ boot program shortly you'll be receiving your new gear before that happens i want to go over some things that will help you perform better out on the water and go over unboxing your product before we do that let's go over some tools that you'll need to get into your box you'll need something sharp I like to use a set of keys just to rip through the tape a box cutter will also do you'll also need a screwdriver we recommend a number three screwdriver to put your bindings on your board not a number two screwdriver a number three screwdriver head is bigger and it grabs the heads of the head of the screw better a number two screwdriver can strip them out and it doesn't allow you to get the binding screws as tight as a number three screwdriver so make sure you use a number three screwdriver and you'll also need a tape measure we're going to use this to measure your old stance with and then transfer that to your are your put your new boots on your board before we go over unboxing your product I want to talk about stance angles for a second I want to show you a simple way to find a good starting stance angle and this is this can help you perform better out on the water and also help prevent injury so what you can do is stand with your feet right underneath your shoulders move each foot about an inch outward and then you'll want to do a full squat as you squat lean your your weight a little bit over your heels and let your feet just kind of relax and as you get to the bottom of your squat your feet should kind of turn out your knees and your legs should force your feet outward and they should go they should just fall into a good stance angle and then stand up one more time and then do one more full squat and you'll see that your knees track better with your feet this is a great starting stance angle now the reason this is important is because if you have bow legs where your your knees kind of or your legs kind of bow outward or if you're knocking and your knees kind of you know bow inward then if you have the wrong stance angle in respect to your leg type you can injure yourself a lot more easily so if you're bowlegged you're generally going to have a straighter forward less duck stance stance angle so duck stance is when your toes are angled outward like this kind of like a duck stands on the ground so a good starting stance angle form people is about 12 degrees ducked outward so if you're a bowlegged generally you're gonna be a little less ducked or you can be you'll want to do that test that I told you about to find out where your knees track and where your knees are your feet fall into position but sometimes if someone's really bowlegged they'll have a little bit straighter of a stance than someone who's not if someone's knock-kneed they can have a little bit more ducked of the stance because their knees kind of fall inward if you have the opposite stance then your leg type that's how you can injure yourself so make sure you do that test figure out where your feet kind of fall into place put that on your board go out and ride if it feels comfortable that's great if not just adjust accordingly you might also want to stand in the mirror and look at your legs and see if you have generally straight legs or if you're bowlegged or knock kneed and then adjust your stance accordingly next I want to talk about how to find an easy way to to find your stance width so for this we're going to grab our tape measure and before you disassemble your your board to put your new bindings on your board well I want to show you a way to measure to find the stance angle or stance width rather so grab your tape measure the way that I like to tell people to to figure out their stance width is you measure from the center bolts and then you add one side plate with stance whisks are measured from the very center of each binding so if you take just one side plate with and add it to the center screws then that's basically the like taking half of this plate with and half of this plate with two each Center and then adding that to the width in between so what I'll do is I'll take my tape measure and I'll measure from screw to screw and on this board it gives me 18 and then if I add the plate with and I know these plates are sections plates all humanoid bindings are six inch width so if you if you flip a binding over and measure across the bottom of the plate you'll see that from screw to screw with six inches with the exception of our size 1213 that's a bigger binding so we had to accommodate a bigger foot and that forced us to have a seven plate so all the all the binding plates are six inches and then when you get to a twelve thirteen plus size that's a seven inch plate so you want to add seven for that size so in this instance I have 18 inches in the middle from screw to screw I add six because I'm adding half of this one in half of this one or one side plate with and that gives me 24 inches so I know my stance width from centered of binding to center of binding is 24 inches now when I take my bindings off put them on a new board I can find that with by starting on the outside holes so I have a blank board over here so if I measure with my tape measure and I go to the outside hole to the outside hole I know on this one the the widest stance width is 32 if I subtract 6 from that I'm gonna get 26 so I know I need to move in until I find 24 if I want to have the stance same stance width as on my other board so that's a great way to figure out your stance width all right let's go over unboxing your product so you're gonna want to grab your your set of keys or your box cutter to cut through the tape on the box on the handle side there should be tape on all three sides subscribe your keys and cut through the tape and the lid should come up open just like a normal snowboard box or even a shoe box just flip that open you should find your product package nicely inside you also find a bag of mounting brackets and also m6 screws these are for mounting your boots to your board go and remove the bags toss those aside and then on the side of each pair of boots you'll find a little pamphlet you might want to go through this and get familiar with all the features of the boots and then also don't forget to visit our website to get familiar with any warranty information that might be helpful to you all right so let's go ahead and set up your boots on your board so we're going to take the Howell boots and put them on this this wakeboard and we're going to take the stance from our old board and we're going to try to find it on our new board so I'm gonna take my tape measure you'll find 24 inches so here we have I found the inserts that are 30 inches apart I'm gonna minus 6 and that's gonna give me my 24 so I'm gonna go ahead and place my boots in between those inserts and then I'm gonna grab my binding hardware and one screw now when you're mounting your your boot to your board we recommend that you only thread a couple threads on this one side don't tighten this side all the way down first because that's what causes the cross threading on the other side sometimes so that's one big mistake that riders make is they'll tighten this side all the way down and then when they try to thread this one it puts the binding on kind of a weird angle and forces the screw in at a weird angle and it could cross thread the screw and then it's really hard to get that off and rethreaded properly so just go ahead and take your number three screwdriver remember to use a number three screwdriver and not a number to go ahead and thread this one in just a few threads and just lightly let it self let the screw guide itself in don't force it in I got that nice and loose so I can still move the the boot and line it up with my stance angle on the other side go ahead and grab your other mounting bracket and screw and then just turn this one a few threads let it guide itself in okay when you have each side about three turns in then you can tighten them all the way down together and you know that they're not cross threaded so go ahead and crank those down as tight as you can all right now each mounting bracket has a plastic washer on the top this plastic washer is there to act like a lock washer so your screws don't loosen up on you when you're riding the first time that you mount the new pair of bindings these are going to compress a little bit so they could loosen up on you so you might want to check them you know maybe in the middle of your first ride and definitely at the end of your first ride and then before each ride just to make sure that your screws are tight now this compression of everything since its new the the chassis plate the nylon washer even the board is going to compress a little bit so your screws may loosen up and you want to check them with your number three screwdriver so make sure you keep one in the boat at all times or keep one in your car if you go to the cable and just make sure you check your bonding screws before each ride that's kind of a safety recommendation so once you get these crank down go ahead and set up your your boot on the other side the exact same way and you're all set to go all right you're all set up again thanks for joining the h+ boot program if you have any questions feel free to contact us directly and stay tuned for more content coming your way

Wakeboarding 101: Setting Up Your Wakeboard Bindings With Kyle Schmidt [Humanoid Wakeboards]

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