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Canting: Start to finish. Tell me everything I need to know.

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Got some new boots, and some old boots. Need to know how to adjust canting, and what to look for...
post #2 of 6
Are you talking about cuff alignment or canting? There is a glossary at the top of this forum that may help. Also there are many listings all through here that probably explain boot setup well.

Hope you can write back with some specific questions after you've done some studying.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
SOrry to be so vague. Asking to be educated on canting is like asking, "Can you teach me how to ski"... I know there is a lot to it. Basically, I have a brand new pair if Atomic M 100 and a pair of T:11 race that are a few years older. I know how to adjust the cant, laterally, but Im wondering if anyone has any tips on how to mearuer them. Basically, I put the boots on and mess with the canting until it feels comfortable... but that is a far cry from what makes my foot flat on the boot/ ski and does not help my foot feel comfortable...

I know how to "fit the boot" but Im not sure how to dial in all the details....
post #4 of 6
this is best left to a face to face visit with someone who does it for a living, every one of the fitters on here will probably at some point need another set of eyes to get their set up as perfect as they would like, for the small amount of cash it will cost you, go see someone and have the whole thing checked out, this way you can be sure that things are a right as they can be and you can spend more time skiing and less messing around with your boots to get the last lettle bit perfect.

good luck
post #5 of 6
Chandy, seriously and not to be rude but what you are talking about is cuff alignment and not canting and it is defined in the glossary.

Cuff alignment has little to do with comfort so getting it absolutely spot on will probably not make your foot any more comfortable. However, getting in the correct size and having it appropriately punched and ground by an experienced fitter will.

There is no way of measuring necessary angle as in taking a measurement from your leg or any part of your anatomy and then determining cuff should be aligned laterally at 7 degrees.

Typical method is to stand in boot without liner and align cuff with leg.
post #6 of 6
Your boot guy that sold you the boots should be able to help you with this. If not, then you can adjust the cuff effectively yourself if you pay attention to details and take your time. Like the others said, finding a pro boot fitter is the best way to go.

A full length mirror is needed for the best DIY job IMO. Follow these steps and you should get the job done fairly well.

No clothing over your calf or foot, but ski socks are OK. I prefer to have only skin showing on my calf so I wear shorts with nothing on my legs or feet.

Remove the liner from your boot, but you should place whatever footbed or insole you will normally be wearing inside the boot to stand on while you make this adjustment.

Make sure you are in front of the mirror and gently get in your boots (soft skin against hard plastic can scrape and hurt). find your normal skiing width between your feet and then make sure that your boots are parallel to each other. If your have trouble with getting or keeping them parallel then place some tape on the floor as a guide to reference the parallel position to and the fore aft position of the boots to each other as well.

With boots parallel, get your foot in a centered position by gently sliding your heel side to side and then stopping your foot in the middle. Make sure that your foot is comfortably in the footbed like it should be.

Now match the forward lean with your lower leg angle and look in the mirror to see if your leg has equal room between each side of the cuff and your leg. Now make a small adjustment to one side or the other and recheck for equal space on each side of the leg. It is important to keep your ski boots in the same position when going through the adjustment process. This is where the tape is also be a good idea. It allows you to step out of your position, make the needed adjustment, and then step back into position to check the adjustment. Take your time and be methodical about the process and get your foot centered each time you make an assessment. Remember as well that you may have adjustments on both the inside of the cuff and the outside of the cuff. I believe the M-100 has both sides adjustable.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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