Rocker. Positive Camber. Rocker + Positive Camber. It reads like the ingredients list for a mad science experiment, but for a snowboarder these are tech terms you want to understand.
To see a board’s camber profile, place the board base down on top of a table or another long, flat surface that extends beyond the tip and tail. If nothing like that is available, place it base down on the floor, but this works best if you can look at the board’s side profile from eye level.
First, if possible, get to eye level with the board’s edge so you can look straight-on at its side profile. With a camber snowboard, the area in between the bindings will be elevated off the surface. Press down on the elevated area and feel it flex to flat; when you relieve the pressure, the board recoils and the midsection is again elevated. That is positive camber.
People like positive camber boards for several reasons, including the “pop” it provides for ollies and airs, and the powerful edgehold for icy or variable snow conditions.
Rocker has become very popular over the last few years, ever since Lib-Tech introduced its Banana Technology. Now rocker is present in nearly every snowboard line, and there are several different types.
To see a board’s rocker profile, lay it base down just like you did with the positive camber board. With standard rocker, the area in between the bindings is more or less flat instead of elevated, and if you push down on the midsection there won’t be that downward flex or recoil when you relieve pressure off the board. That is rocker, however there are multiple types, explained below.
With Tip Rocker, the nose of the board will be elevated off the flat surface, starting from your front binding. This makes the board float more easily in powder. For example, Burton’s S-Rocker uses this technology.
Tip and Tail Rocker offers a free-floating nose and tail, and that provides a very surfy ride in powder. With this combination, the board is typically flat binding-to-binding and the tip and tail then rise from outside the bindings. This combination is very good for powder, but not the best for icy conditions.
Then you have hybrid rocker. For example, rocker between your feet combined with positive camber at each end of the board. Or, positive camber between your bindings and rocker outside of them. The goal here is to offer the surfy ride of rocker with the pop and edgehold provided by positive camber. Companies continue to refine all these formulas and integrate them into their snowboard lines. Find the one that suits your style and get out there and ride.
The snowboard industry has witnessed an explosion of snowboard shapes over the last decade. This boom has allowed advanced riders to excel beyond their dreams and beginners to progress unlike ever before. Reverse camber, mustache, early rise, banana, call it what you will, rocker snowboards have made the biggest impact in the snowboard shape world. We offer hundreds of rocker snowboards for every riding ability and style. Read on for a break down of all things rocker to ensure you’re next board is a perfect fit.
What is Rocker?
Simply put, the nose and tail are slightly elevated above the center of a rocker snowboard. When the board is laying flat on a surface, the rocker shape is easily noticeable. The board will also pivot and spin easily on a flat surface. Now picture a rocker board on snow with the weight of your feet splitting the center. The board will float and turn easier making for a loose and agile ride. There’s much less of a chance of “catching” an edge making rocker a great choice for beginners and park riders of all levels. Rocker snowboards also offer superior float in the soft snow and powder.
Benefits of Rocker
Who Should Ride Rocker?
Anyone! Overall, rocker snowboards make for an easier ride with less fatigue. Beginners, park riders and anyone looking for some more fun on their board in any terrain will dig a rocker snowboard. Add one to your quiver today!
A three stage rocker that’s equally fun from park to pow, V Rocker features a center rocker between the feet with additional rockers outside each foot that lift the tip and tail completely off the snow. Along the channel zones, Burton added Frost Bite Edges, formerly known as Pressure Distribution Edges, for enhanced grip and power that balances the board’s loose and forgiving skate-like feel. Together the Burton V Rocker package energizes edge control while disengaging the tip and tail contact points to create a catch-free feel that’s incredibly forgiving, floaty, poppy and fun on all terrain.
V Rocker. Loose the camber completely. Go with continuous rocker between and outside the feet and you get V Rocker – with it’s peak to park catch free float and playfulness. Frostbite edges enhance power and grip, balancing the board’s over all loose and forgiving feel.
This has been a part of the Burton Technology articles.
S Rocker is the next best thing since sliced bread. Well, maybe since Rocker… It’s the real deal. For float through powder while maintaining speed, stability and powder, S Rocker is the way to go. As turns were made and word spread, it’s popularity has gone through the roof in the past year. Why? Because it’s a totally fun. Plain and simple.
Here’s a quick scenario on why you need S Rocker. You get off the gondi at the top of the mountain. You slip into the trees to catch some freshies. You’re riding and riding and riding for about a half hour having the time of your life. You haven’t gotten stuck in snow and you’re snowboard seems to be surfing the snow. And then it’s time to dip back onto a groomer to get down to the lift. Hmm…now you’re board isn’t so fun. It’s just not digging into turns as deep as you’d like. That old dude on skis just passed you. With camber beneath the bindings and a kicked up nose, you can float through powder in the trees and really drive into turns when you’re on groomers. The added camber also drastically helps you maintain speed and stability in deep snow and variable conditions. Make sense? It’s really the best of both worlds and we’re pretty certain that you’ll dig the Freebird, Spliff, Barracuda, Fish and Fishuit as much as we do.
S Rocker offers a spring loaded blend of camber and rocker that’s freeride focused for maximum speed and float. Entry rocker extends from the nose to under your front foot, then transitions to camber between your feet. Compressing the camber causes the entry rocker to naturally lift the nose, thus improving float while maintaining momentum and stability through deep driving pow turns and variable conditions.
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