Rocker, reverse, flat, anti, zero…oh my!
13 Jul, 2009
It wasn’t long ago that reverse camber/rocker technology was re-introduced to snowboarding, this New/Old technology came back at a time when we needed it and wanted something new. Regardless of who did it first, it saved snowboarding. Now more companies for 09-10 have developed some kind of anti-camber into their snowboards, whether it’s rocker or reverse camber, flat or zero camber, TBT or BS, the choices are endless.
These images that might help explain what your favorite company is doing for anti-camber next year as more companies are creating their own take to the anti-camber movement.
I’ve ridden a lot of variations of rocker/reverse camber/flat boards this year and the best way to know what works for you is to demo it. Some of these variations are quickly adaptable to and others take a day or two of riding before you become comfortable with it. Of the boards I have ridden, no boards have rode the same.
If you don’t see a company on here, let me know and I will try to get a better diagram to show what their technology is for 09-10.
Arbors take on the rocker revolution is designed around the system, a fusion of interdependent technologies that support jib-specific performance. Featured on the Draft for 09-10.
With two rocker types coming out in 09-10, the FS and FR rockers. The FS rocker is featured on the Pivot and Axum and the FR rocker is featured on the new Banger model.
Continuing with their TBT base, they’ll go into this category but they aren’t exactly rocker or reverse camber.
From rocker to zero, burton snowboards is using their rocker designs with their PDE (pressure distribution edges) to be rideable from east coast ice to west coast pow.
Continues on with their flat kick in 09-10 but more models are now developing the ninja skills. The Flat Kick Technology is on the Green Machine, Indoor Survival, Horrorscope and Space Metal Fantasy. The Charlie Slasher has Pow Flat Kick.
DC is offering up their anti-camber movement with the wording I use, but offered on their BDR (Bender Anti-Camber Technology). Flat between the feet and that transitions into an anti-camber zone outside your stance.
Drake charges on with the DF2 model featuring their pre curved base that gives you extra pop while also allowing you to carve easily in all types of terrain. Drake’s U Camber technology provides you with full power transition throughout the board to give you a smooth stable ride.
Flow will feature two types of rocker, the I-rock for park riding and the Pow-rock for taking on the mountain and backcountry. The solitude will feature the Pow-rock and the men’s era and women’s jewel features I-rock.
The folks at Humanity are doing a true reverse camber with a 3-6 inch flat spot (depending on size of board) in the center. Our reverse camber is pretty mellow and we refer to it as smile tech. One thing we are doing is putting a 1 mm concave along with the reverse cam, this brings the edge off the rail so they don’t catch.
The widest spectrum I’ve seen from any company is K2 which features camber, catchfree, flatliner, jibrocker, all-mountain rocker and powrocker. K2 hasn’t left anyone out in 09-10.
Catchfree technology boards are the moment, brigade, anagram, kandi, mini turbo, and lil kandi. Flatline Technology boards are the believer, slayblade, eco pop and airdu. Boards with Jib Rocker are the www rocker, jibpan, parkstar, va va voom rocker and vandal. Boards with All Mountain Rocker are the turbo dream. And finally Powder Rocker is the gyrator.
Mervin Technologies (Lib Tech, GNU, Roxy)
Probably the most familiar anti-camber boards out there. This year they feature C2 Technology and BTX technology on the snowboards. Most of the line is BTX when it comes to the boards but the C2 are on the Lib Tech Dark Series, Lib Tech Trice, GNU Billy Goat, GNU Danny Kass and GNU B-PRO.
Never Summer Snowboards
Offering up a whole line of RC Technology and Vario Grip Sidecut in 2009-2010, Never Summer continues on with their rocker/camber mix to almost every board in their line. Whether it’s park, all-mountain or freeride the RC enjoys the ride and the vario grip gives you extra edgehold.
Nitro started with an early release Sub Pop featuring Gull-wing camber & drifter base, that is now expanding to other boards in the line. For 09-10 the Sub Pop becomes the Sub Zero, the men’s Team Series and women’s Runaway now feature Gull-wing camber.
With their B.S. Technology, O-matic is full of surprises on their extr-eco board that features a 3 dimensional Bowed Surface. The the edges are lifted off the snow but the center of the board remains in contact with the snow.
Ride features two types of anti-camber for 09-10, the lowrize rocker is featured on the DH2, Machete, Crush, Canvas, and Compact and the Highrize rocker is featured on the Slackcountry.
Unfortunately no highrize image at this time
Offering three types of anti-camber, the MTN, FREE, and JIB will benefit riders all over the mountain. The boards featuring reverse camber are the Postermania 1985 (FREE), Artifact 1985 (JIB), Notch 1985 (MTN) and Pusher 1985 (FREE).
Rossignol introduces the Amptek technology, their version of reverse camber featured on the Angus regular and midwide. The Jeremy Jones will feature a early rise tip with mag, giving it the powder float and with Jeremy Jones stamp of approval on it.
The three stage rocker was introduced as a late release in 2008 on the Signal Park Rocker, what has been described as the most insane rocker out there (I concur). New in 09-10 is the Signal Omni with wavelength technology that is camber between your feet and rocker from your feet out to the tip and tail.
The boys at solid brewed up a 155 Phoenix for 09-10 that is a reverse camber -10 featuring their “two dump hump” sidecut tech. What that means exactly, sounds dirty but not sure.
Stepchild has a variety of rockers to choose from: 4, 6, 8mm to be exact. The board is pressed to resemble the bottom of a rocking chair. The rocker gives the board an easy riding feel as it is “pre flexed” going into turns. It works well for parks, jibs and surprisingly well in powder. New for this year are the well rounded Rocker 6mm Chi Borg models. For the jib stick this year we bracketed the Rocker to the board sizes: 148-4mm, 153-6mm, 156-8mm.
Calling it a 9 rocks camber profile, the enforcer is a single radius reverse camber snowboard. Only 10cm of the middle point of the board is touching the ground, while the rest of the camber is above it. The result is a poppy board with a very stable nose and tail built for presses and having fun in the park. When you put the enforcer on a flat table, the board has only one contact point, right in the middle of the board.
Despite being a small Colorado operation, Unity created their own anti-camber model with the Reverse snowboard for 09-10. These boards are twin tip shapes with twin flex patterns, flat between the feet and then angles up at flat angles from the foot area. There is about 6mm of rise on the nose and tail.