> The foot straps on my '92 Seatrand are driving me crazy. There
> is only one***on each end of each strap. I tighten the
> screws about every other time I sail, but the straps are constantly
> twisting. I have to sit in the water and straighten my straps
> after every few rides.
You want to get the ShredTech footstrap thingies, they're a hard
plastic piece the width of the footstrap that puts much more even
pressure over the whole strap, lessening the tendency to twist.
It's not as good as having two different screws, like you can put
into normal custom board plugs.
You should also try putting Loctite on the screws (I presume
these are threaded inserts). Some people claim you want to
get the not-so-super-duper Loctite, since at some point in time
you'll probably want to back the screws out, but I've never
worried about it.
> Any tips? I also seem to have a hard time gettting my toe in
> the rear strap. It doesn't stay open well, twists easily. I spend
> more time fumbling with my back foot than sailing in the straps.
> I've seen extra wide rear straps. Do these work well. Do any of
> you other Seatrend owners have this problem?
It sounds like the footstrap is crushed down to where it's not staying
open. Try a stiffer footstrap (like the webbing/ plastic/ and
neoprene ones for slalmom boards) and if you stack your boards
put something inside the footstrap to keep it from getting crushed.
Twist isn't normally as much of a problem with rear footstraps.
I like the wider straps, but I don't think they're any easier to get
into. Instead, the pressure on the top of your foot is more evenly
distributed when you carve hard off the wind. YMMV. The last copies
of the wide Dakine and the Visual Speed footstraps I saw were the
true double wide, and what IMHO you want is the one 1/2 wide.