Maybe your wondering what snowboard camber is? You’ve heard your friends talking about it, but nobody was ever really able to give you a a good understanding of the various types? Well, here are some types of snowboard camber:
Like the name says the “Flat Camber” design is devoid of any camber whatsoever.
A board with flat or zero camber will lay flush atop a level surface and distribute pressure on snow in a neutral fashion. Some brands claim this creates a “loose” and “catch-free” ride similar to reverse camber while remaining relatively more stable and predictable. These boards can also feel more broken in, requiring less ollie force to get it in the air.
Flat camber exhibits traits from both sides of the camber spectrum with an overall balanced feel. K2’s Flatline Technology in the Slayblade board and Capita’s Flat Kick Technology in the Horrorscope FK board are examples of the flat camber design.
To better clarify the camber distinctions of today’s snowboards, it is crucial to first understand the nature of traditional camber.
Before the revolution of reverse camber, boards only had traditional camber—a mellow convex rise from the contact points of the tip and tail inward with an apex at the midpoint. A rider’s edge hold and pop derive from the pressure exerted and expelled when camber is flexed under a rider’s weight. This downward pressure—the flattening of camber-initiates lively turns and provides continuous edge contact with the snow. Alternative cambered boards produce differing amounts of edge contact and pressure on the snow, depending on the technology, which changes how a board turns, snaps, and feels underfoot.
Rocker And Reverse Camber
Essentially the opposite of camber,”Rocker” is a subtle concave or arc profile that curves upward.
Many boards contain multiple arcs rather than a single, smooth arc. Rocker camber is built into multiple zones and in varying degrees; placed in critical areas of the board for an enhanced ride.
Picture a mildly kinked U or V shape when the board is laid on a flat surface. Keep in mind, each brand is trying to make their technology distinct, hence the camber party. Boards featuring rocker from the bindings outward to the tips are also labeled as having flat-kick or skate-style kicks (tips)—the nose and tail being more elongated and elevated thereby allowing more float and a looser ride. Rocker and reverse camber boards are sick for powder float, presses, and a forgiving ride. The design essentially reduces pressure at the contact points by bringing it inward and closer to your feet. Forum’s Chilly Dog, Mervin’s Banana, and Ride’s Low Rise all represent examples of reverse camber technologies.