SNOWBOARD CAMBERS EXPLAINED
The camber of your snowboard can have a huge effect on how it responds and feels and which different styles of riding it suits. Here we run over the different camber profiles, combinations of profiles and how this will affect the way your board rides
A few years back, when different profiles first started appearing on the market, the brands were in an experimental phase, coming up with all different combinations of shapes and flex. It seems in recent years these ideas have been consolidated into three or four different profiles which are proving most popular amongst riders. Here will explain what these different profiles are and what style of riding their best suited to helping you pick the right board for you.
Traditional Camber Snowboards
This kind of concave camber is the original shape which has been around since the beginning, and for many still remains the most popular profile. The concave shape provides a continuously distributed pressure across the length of the edge. This gives a full edge contact when turning and more pop and response out of the turns and when jumping. Boards with traditional camber are best suited for more aggressive riders who want to tear up the groomers or more technical freestyle writing such as halfpipe and the big kick a line stop paragraph
- Hitting bigger jumps and halfpipe
- Aggressive precision riding
Rocker or Reverse Camber Snowboards
Rocker first started to appear in the tip of powder boards where riders were looking for extra lift in the nose to float through the powder. But soon brand started experimenting with rocker between the feet which gave the boards a very loose feel. Full rocker boards soon became popular for jibbers riding rails in boxes and for flatland tricks.
Full of rock a powder boards are also a popular choice for those epic holidays are you may only find in Japan for North America
- Riding powder
- Flat-land tricks
- Loose playful feel
The basic camber and rocker profiles can be combined in different ways to produce boards with different characteristics and feel. As a general rule the part of the board which plays the biggest role in how it feels is whats going on under between the bindings: Camber makes it poppy and responsive, Rocker makes it loose and playful
This first hybrid profile is the S rocker. The rocker under the feet gives a loose and playful feel, whist the camber at the tip and tail provide extra grip when the board is but on an edge and extra pop for ollies and nollies. It basically rides like a rocker board with a bit more stability and pop
Flat Rocker Snowboards
Flat or zero rocker boards are in the sweet spot between rocker and camber boards merging the characteristics of the two. They have some of the response of a traditional camber board whilst being a bit more forgiving and playful like a rocker board. They are a great choice for an all round board that will be easy to ride in and out of the park. They are are a popular choice with riders who ride a lot of rails and boxes, their flat profile along the full length of the base gives a predictable feel and is great for locking onto rails
- Combines characteristics of camber and rocker
- Locking onto rails
Directional camber boards are made to do one job: ride powder. They all rocker starting after the front foot which lifts the nose of the board out of the snow and gives more float. Between the feet they are either flat or camber.
- Riding pow!