Camber vs Rocker
Camber and rocker technology is an essential part of today’s skis & snowboards. These shapes can be combined in an infinite number of ways in order to give you the best ride possible under any snow conditions. In order to better understand this technology, we have put together a quick vocabulary lesson:
Camber is an upward curve in the middle of a ski or board with the contact points (i.e. where the board/ski touches the snow) close to the ends.
- Flexibility for easier carving.
- Excellent power on groomed terrain and harder snow.
- Hard to control in powder, and you will often find yourself “muscling” your way through the deep stashes.
Rocker (also called reverse-camber) is the downward curve that can be found anywhere along the length of a ski or snowboard.
- Provides float in the soft snow and powder.
- Loose and free nose and tail, giving you a more playful and fun ride in powder.
- Easier turn initiation.
- Effortless ride above hard-packed, or groomed, snow.
- Holding an edge on groomed terrain and harder snow is more difficult.
- Riding the ski or board flat can feel unstable at times.
By combining these two technologies in a variety of ways, skis and snowboards can be used in a wide range of snow conditions. As an example, a ski with a rockered tip and cambered middle will hold on hardpack but float in the powder. Find out which combination of camber and rocker you like best by demoing some great gear with us.