This coming season is all about underfoot canting. Which basically means ramping under each foot, giving the sensation that your standing on a skateboard tip and tail. There have already been a handful of bindings that have previously been introduced with it.
Coming this winter, however, Sims will be looking to rise out of the ashes and drop the X-Wedge. The first board with 2.5 degree canting. For a company like Sims, this could be a huge step in the right direction and away from being sold at Sports Authority.
The logic behind underfoot canting is to put your legs at a more natural state, in turn, relieving stress on your legs and as Sims states it, “Have fresh legs all day.”
We can only hope this technology does not get saturated throughout the market, which it almost undoubtedly will. So a refined hope would be that companies do not start turning it into a sales gimmick and just homogenizing the technology. This new wave of technology hopefully will not follow the same developmental stages as reverse camber; turning to flat camber, to micro-camber, to who knows what?
If this technology is truly a worthwhile venture, it needs to be managed as such. Not as a marketing tool, but as a means of progression. If you look through snowboard catalogues these days, it seems to be all about the fancy names for every little thing on each product. There are many technologies that are very worthwhile out there, but the naming and marketing of said tech is being slammed at consumers at breakneck speed.
For the sake of the pastime, lets hope that we don’t have every company adding canting to their boards and pretending it is not the same as the next company, by adding some ridiculous name dripping with drug and alcohol references. Please, spare us and continue progressing with technology like this instead of recycling. To check out more on the Sims X-Wedge check simsnow.com