Snowboard Camber Profiles
Snowboard Camber Profiles Explained
Ever since the reintroduction of rocker in the late 2000’s snowboard camber profiles have changed a lot. Now days there are so many different ways a board has contact with the snow. Here are some of the more common profiles out there.
*** One thing to remember is Camber is created by bending wood and not all wood is the same. You might find that the camber of your board is different from your friends. For example I’ve come across many Hybrid Rocker boards with a different bend in the middle so the tip and tail on boards of the same model are higher or lower than others. I’ve also come across many other camber profiles with variances in the bend.
This was the most common shape until the late 2000′s. This is a fast stable poppy ride but its less forgiving than any other shape so you have to be on your game. In general it’s also a lot more work to stay afloat in powder and really taxes the back leg.
These are boards that might have some new hybrid camber tech but mainly ride like a camber board. They might be more catch free but generally have the same float or only slightly better float than camber. Here are some common types of mostly camber.
Boards with that look like camber until you step on them and then they rocker up a little in the tip/tail.
Camber with a passive rocker between the feet. The tip and tail still have more contact like camber does but the rocker in between the feet has some contact when weighted.
Camber in the tip and tail but also rocker that touches equally in the middle.
Camber with the sides lifted that don’t provide extra float but make it more catch free.
These are boards with camber between the feet and rocker after that float well in powder but also have similar properties to a camber board when it comes to stability. They are also more catch free than camber. There are many types.
Many have a balanced amount of camber and rocker.
There are also a lot that are mostly rocker with a small camber profile between the feet.
There is what many call S-Rocker that has camber from the tail to around the front binding and then rocker to the nose. There are variations of this with more or less camber or rocker.
Camber to flat or sometimes camber to flat to a little bit of rocker.
There is even camber with the sides lifted. This makes the edges catch free but also helps with float.
Flat Camber means there is no bend in the board from tip to tail. You will see this on a wide varety of boards. It’s stable like camber but more catch free. It’s usually missing the pop that many other shapes have. You can still ollie just like almost any other board but it’s missing some qualities when it comes to turning that other boards with some camber have.
Flat to Rocker
This has a flat spot starting in the middle and ending somewhere before or after the bindings. There are many variations of this shape and they have a design for just about any riding style and shape.
This is what we call a snowboard that has rocker in the center and then a camber bend at the tip and tail. The end result is the tip and tail are still off the ground and only make contact when it’s weighted. It can have a very loose feel similar to continuous rocker but because of the camber in the tip and tail you can make turns that have some of the characteristics of a camber board.
There are also Hybrid Rocker boards that have more camber in the profile that comes closer to the ground. It makes the ride more stable like many hybrid camber boards but it can effect the boards ability to float as well in powder.
this is the exact opposite of camber. With rocker, the center of the board is usually touching the snow and the nose and tail are usually above the snow. This technology was re-introduced in 2007. These designs are very loose, catch-free and very forgiving. They are great for park and powder play, but not great for high speed mountain riding or carving out a real turn.