The Differences between camber and different Rocker types
Traditional Camber Boards were originally taken by taking the profile of a ski, then made wide and voila a snowboard was born! Here's one of our favourite camber boards
However there is a fundamental difference between snowboards being just a wide ski and actually being a snowboard. In a ski setting, a ski boot is situated in the centre of the ski whereas snowboard bindings, with both feet attached and facing the other way on the board, will sit at the front and tail of the board thus leaving space in the middle of the board for flexibility above the snow.
The rocker board originally simply had a continous rocker with its original purpose being for freestyle use - this is one of our favourites
This board type has been re-engineered to be the opposite of the cambered boards the main area of contact to the snow is across the center of the board, these boards came on to the market about 4 to 5 years ago since then things have developed with more elaborate profiles being formed such as the custom v rocker. These boards are suitable for all mountain use. The advantages include the fact there is less contact points at the nose and tail which allows for an easier ride, there is also a benefit for off piste as the nose naturally floats above the snow. Three good examples are the Burton Fish , the Burton Malolo or the K2 Turbo Dream this is a more original rocker type with a more set back stance.
While the Rocker Boards are gaining in popularity - with over 90% of boards sold of this type. However there is still always a call from the hardcore, traditionalist and more advanced piste riders who prefer the pop and performance of the original Camber board - see our full selection of boards here.