Choosing Cants

Adjustable Cant and Lift

 HARD BOOT RIDERS

What is Cant? What is Lift?

 

Hardboot setups by nature need some form of cant and lift. We do not have the flex in the ankle area that a soft booter has so it is crucial we mechanically move our boots to the “sweet spot”.
 
“Canting” is the act of raising the inside or outside of the foot relative to the top surface of the board. "Lifting" is the act of raising the heel or toe of the foot relative to the top surface of the board.
 
Canting and Lifting adds leverage to the carve and lessens the amount the body has to move to initiate edge pressure. It also allows for moving of the knees towards or away from each other which makes for a more anatomically proper snowboard stance.
 
After selecting the desired CANT DISK Angle (0, 3, or 6 degrees), the TD3 provides 360-degrees of Cant/Lift freedom.
 
Simply rotate the CANT DISK (in 5 degree increments) to achieve the desired amount of cant or lift or a combination of canting and lifting.
 
We recommend beginning with what feels right for you. The indexing numbers are provided for reference so you can repeat the set-up on another board or aid in the diagnostics of issues related to your carve set-up.
 
Not sure where to begin? We recommend the Bomber "Standard" position: aligning the angle of your cant disc with your binding angles to get straight lift.


Front Cant: either Zero or Three. Rear Cant: either Three of Six. Set the center disk at your desired binding angle and adjust the base plate to the same desired Stance Angle.  This will give you straight lift, no cant.  From here, you can experiment with what works best for you.  

Do you want/need some cant?  Play around with it, as there is no right or wrong answer.  All you need to do is adjust the relative angle of the center/cant disk to the base plate to give yourself some cant.  We recommend starting with a small amount of outward cant and seeing how that feels.  That said, inward cant, with the exception of ones own biomechanical needs, is not something we recommend as it puts you in a position that doesn't make sense from a stability and strength standpoint.  As an example, think about doing squats in the gym: to get lower, squat deeper and lift more weight, your feet move wider and your knees angle away from each other.  The last thing you want to do is narrow up your stance or point the knees at one another.  An exception to this is with a stance with a lot of splay, a la Pure Boarding style.  Rear foot inward cant works well for this application.

DISK SELECTION: It is impossible for us to tell you exactly what cant/lift you should use. It depends on to many variables and conditions. However, we can make some recommendation. Keep in mind these are only RECOMMENDATIONS, they are by no means the only way to go.

 
In our opinion “double cant/lift” is good. What this means is you use a cant/lift disk for both the front and rear feet. This is desirable because it lets you runs a wider stance so you gain more stability at speed. With this wider stance you can get lower on your board, which any carver will tell you is very important. How much cant/lift to use is up to you. Maybe go with a 3° and 3° setup (3 degrees of cant/lift in front and the same in back). However, don’t forget, any good snowboard hard boot will have some adjustments built in to change canting in the boot itself (yet another variable to play around with).
 
Once again, it all comes down to personal preference. Bomber does highly recommend experimenting with ALL your available adjustments on you entire setup (i.e. stance widths, angles, setback, boot forward lean, etc.) - if just one of these ingredients is not correct it can be the difference between a skid and a carve.


SOFT BOOT RIDERS

6 DEG cant shown here with Power Plate System

If you are a soft boot rider and are using this on your board, it works the same way as stated above.  Generally speaking riders on the Power Plate system are riding 0-0, 0-3, or 3-3.  We don't have a lot of riders on the 6 DEG cant for this application, although you might have a situation that this would work for.