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    Posted: 07 Sep 17 at 12:20pm
Paul Elvstrom developed the 'drop hiking' technique in the '60s. I used it throughout the '70s in a Heron and OK. Later on I had a Laser and was forced into the straight leg technique by the rubbish ergonomics of the boat. Now I have the Blaze I can use a modified 'drop hiking' technique and find it much more comfortable than straight legs. What are the pros & cons of the two techniques?
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Simple, they both should be outlawed, they not only look ridiculous, they cause pain and discomfort that is unlike proper manpain you get doing mansports.
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See here for more information: https://www.roostersailing.com/blog/hiking-styles-the-secrets-behind-efficient-and-healthy-hiking/

Including Steve dropping his trousers...

In short: keep your legs straight, otherwise you will end up with knee pain, and you won't hike as efficiently.


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Could use a bit of both techniques on long beats, that way you use different muscle groups, and can hang on longer.  Steve's pointy toes technique is good for applying the pressure to those around you ... out of the start and tight reaches.
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It's time I patented and released my hiking harness.
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It's time I patented and released my hiking harness.

Can we assume you refer to your 'special interest' Lederhosen harness ?  Not sure you will get any patent awarded of course .... LOL
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Totally agree with iGRF. Hiking is the dumbest looking sporting  activity ever. We are just conditined into thinking it is ok and some how laudable. (well not quite the dumbest, that is taken by windsurfers rowing their way around a course)
On a more serious side, it is plain dangerous as it causes a major increase in blood pressure as your heart tries to force blood around some of the bigest muscles in your body which are literally in spasm.

In short don't do it and if you must then do a lot of conditioning. Both methods are bad for your knees, it's just how bad they are and how much damage will you accept?

I gave up hiking Lasers three years ago as I found that two weeks on ibuprofen was too much a price to pay and I'm fit and ride the 10 miles a day to work and back 6 days a week over big hills in Devon. I now only use windsurfers and I refuse to row them!
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If you must hike, you need to get your quads and posterior chain sorted or you will suffer. That means lots of squats, lunges, split squats and deadlifts.
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Drop hiking is not only bad for you but is slow as you have to sail with the boat heeled to leeward to stop you bum dragging. if you want to see how to hike properly watch a video of someone like Slingsby in a Laser
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