Apr 4, 2012
Author: Mike P.
Back in the late 80’s canting plates where introduced to snowboarding. My history is a little foggy but I believe it was someone like Bert Lamar that 1st started using them. It was a riser pad type piece that mounted between your board and binding. At the time they did show some promise but where heavy and did not work properly with the archaic binding systems. Fast forward to 2012. Famed snowboard inventor Louis Lofo out of Montreal invents and patents something similar to the cant riser pad but built into the construction of the board. Louis was also responsible for inventing the first ever high-back binding.
This technology has many performance advancements. One of the biggest is a controlled ride putting les stress on your knees.
The product has been licensed by Sims Snowboards and they will be the first to bring it to market. The board, called the Sims E-board featuring X-wedge technology will be available as of fall 2012.
SIMS® Snowboards is bringing a new patented performance based technology to the snowboard industry. The SIMS® E Board™ has 2.5 degree wedges embedded into the snowboard that aligns the riders hips, knees and ankles, eliminating leg fatigue while providing the rider with fresh legs longer into the day. Who doesn’t want fresh legs?
The exclusive North American Made™ E Board™ technology took 16 years to develop and perfect by Louis “LoFo” Fournier. LoFo used to press SIMS® boards for Tom in Quebec from the mid 80’s to mid 90’s and he’s now back in the mix with SIMS® manufacturing these quality crafted E Boards™: made in Quebec with North American materials. It’s come full circle and we are stoked!
This true twin tip shape that has predominantly zero camber features advanced micro camber under the wedges only, which provides better grip and makes the board livelier on edge. Inside you’ll find a white quaking aspen v-lam wood core and full 3D wood wedges along with Vectorply® bi-axial e glass. Stack all of this on top of a Durasurf™ 4001 base and you’ve got a super fast all mountain free riding machine. As SIMS® pro rider Seth Hill stated, “The board was definitely different than anything I’ve ever ridden. It seemed to get up on edge really well, hold an edge even better and could carve its face off. The interesting thing was that it honestly felt like I had to do less to get more.” How can you argue with that?