On-piste camber and rocker shape comparision
Touring camber and rocker shape comparision
Rocker versus Camber
Camber and rocker construction in the freeski segment – a brief comparison:
Why our rocker lives up to our promises. Our rockers are not about trends. They’re a completely redevelopment of how we ski, and how we’ll be skiing in the future. Here are the reasons why:
01_HIGH-PRECISION ROCKER SHAPE
A uniformly round arc in the rocker area improves the transfer of power and steering precision. The key factor is avoiding buckling and unharmonious transitions. Our rockers flow with tremendous harmony and precision because the shape isn’t “retrofitted” onto an existing ski, but developed from the first approach and engineering of the new molds.
02_OPTIMALLY HARMONIZED FLEX
We conducted intensive tests as far back as 5 years ago on the first Kuro. Hundreds of prototypes later, it’s clear that a ski must be somewhat stiffer in the front part of the rocker zone to attain its quiet ride and stability. “Overflexing” the front of the rocker makes it harder to steer the ski. All rocker skis are subjected to an elaborate individual harmonization of their flex and team rider tests.
03_SIDECUT TAILORED TO THE ROCKER
A rocker ski tends to require a less pronounced sidecut to carve through a curve than its cambered counterpart. That’s why you can’t simply rebend an existing camber model into a rocker – the flow and precision of the steering is lost. This is also why the new Mantra received a completely new sidecut.
04_TIP SHAPE TAILORED TO THE ROCKER DESIGN
Opposite to a steep bending curve a softer bent (i.e. flatter) tip lets the ski float easier over the snow, instead of pushing it aside. Yet the upward bend is the most important tool in preventing the ski from digging into the snow. A rocker profile achieves both: a softer but longer upward bend results in the same tip height as a normal ski tip, without the danger of sinking into the snow. We test each model for the perfect tip height and bending curve.