(Quick note: I know I covered this a little in my ‘Snowboard Gear Guide’, but I know most of you guys don’t read the whole thing cover to cover, so let’s do a quick blog post on the subject 😉 – Jed)
If your legs and feet hurt when you snowboard, you’re in for a crappy time. Canting is meant to make your knees feel more comfortable while snowboarding which means more fun for you, so let’s have a quick look at what canted bindings do.
What are canted bindings?
Canted bindings are higher on the outer side of the footbed of the binding. This causes your feet to naturally sit tilted, which creates a more natural and comfortable position for your knees and feet.
Who should use canted bindings?
Generally, I’d say everyone can benefit from canted bindings, not just people who have problems with knee pain or have had knee injuries in the past.
However, for people with previous knee pain/injuries, I’d say canted bindings are almost a must. I’ve had 3 knee surgeries and I can definitely feel the difference on my knees after a full day riding in canted bindings vs non canted.
Your knees will feel more comfortable and bend more naturally (aka. easier knee bending) and it puts your knees into a naturally ‘ducked’ footed position, which is ideal for snowboarding since basically everyone (except racers) using ‘duck’ angles on their bindings.
By the way, if you don’t know what ducked angles are check out this previous blog on snowboard binding angles.
Where can I find canted bindings?
Most mid to high end bindings on the market have canted footbeds these days. They were rarer a few years ago, but they’ve gone mainstream and now nearly every snowboard binding company offers canted footbeds for their bindings.
Just check out the binding description and look for the word ‘canted’ or ‘canting’.
You’ll also find that they don’t really cost much more than other bindings since the technology has trickled down into mid range bindings. Even bindings such as the K2 Formula that didn’t have canting a few years ago now come with canted bindings as standard.
Hope this helps your riding!
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