Over the years we have seen a huge increase in variations of camber and rocker snowboards with brands using different profiles for different styles of snowboarding. Some are more aimed at the all-mountain and freeride snowboarders while other are aimed at freestyle and park riders. But they all achieve more or less the same end results: to make snowboarding more fun!
While camber dominant profiles have become increasingly popular, manufacturers are now constantly experimenting with new rocker offerings. We hope that this part of our snowboarding buying guide will help you determine which camber rocker setup is best for you. It really comes down to your personal preferences and riding style. Typically, camber offers better edge hold and stability at high speed and one hard snow while rocker offers more float in powder and catch-free fun for park riding.
This is perhaps the most traditional snowboard profile. A cambered snowboard has a smooth arch that runs underfoot and touches near the tip and tail when unweighted. Once the snowboarder’s weight is added, this set-up provides a long, evenly pressured running surface and edge. Camber is quite popular among the more experienced park riders because of its ability to provide maximum energy and pop.
A rocker snowboard sometimes referred to as reverse-camber, is camber turned upside down. Looking at the side profile you will notice that it’s the opposite of a camber snowboard, with a smooth downward curvature and less edge contact when the snowboarder’s weight is added. Rocker snowboards offer nice floatation in powder and pivot more easily underfoot.
As you would have expected a flat profile means the snowboard is flat from near the board’s tip to near the tail. This particular shape splits the difference between the camber and rocker profile. A flat snowboard offers more forgiving turnability than a fully cambered board and more precise edging capability than a fully rockered board.
This profile is increasingly popular among freeride snowboarders who primarily go for soft snow. The camber underfoot will provide you with hard-carving edge hold on firm snow while the rockered tip and tail ensure enhanced turning and float in powder.
Flat to Rocker
As another variation to the rocker set-ups is this profile which gives a bit more edge hold and pop on hard snow than a full rocker board while retaining ease of turning and float. Its performance lays somewhere between a fully rockered snowboard and a flat snowboard.
This snowboard specific design provides a strong, pressured carving zone between the snowboarder’s feet while retaining the pop and carving precision at the tip and tail. This set-up works really well because the rider’s weight actually flattens the two cambered areas.
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