Flat, Camber, Tail und Tip: Which Rocker is the right for me?

Everybody is talking about camber, tip and tail but you do not really know what it means? In this blog post we explain the differences between the individual ski profiles – the so-called rocker types and which profile is the best for which kind of slope.

 

ROCKER, CAMBER UND FLAT – skiprofiles and their differences


There are very different ski profiles that ski manufacturers have come up with in the course of skiing history. The three main protagonists are: Rocker, Camber and Flat.

 

What about the Camber? 

Camber can be equated with preload – and that actually expresses what makes up the camber ski – probably the most classic ski profile. He has a positive bias. So between the tip of the ski and the end, a slight bend stretches. Between the ski area to which the binding is attached and the ground is an airspace. As soon as pressure is applied to the ski, the ski is under tension and obtains continuous edge contact. This is particularly advantageous at high speeds and harder conditions.

 

What is Rocker?

Rocker skis are alpine skis with a negative bias. Ski tip and tail are bent up. Between the ski area where the binding is located and the ground the ski lies on. However, that’s not the case with every rocker. There are many different variants.

 

Flat like flat? 

Like you can already think, the Flat rocker is a flat type of ski. The skis should therefore rest flat on the ground. But in reality the practice of ski manufacturers looks a bit different. Camber, Rocker and Flat are often combined. Why limit yourself to three variants, if there are many possibilities that bring a lot of fun on the slopes?

 

FULL CAMBER – the classic


The Full Camber is – as the name already suggests – the real, the classic among the Cambers. That’s why he is called Classic or Traditional Camber. A proven ski profile for many years now.

 

 

For those who like to ski on icy slopes, the camber is a good choice. In the curves it really shows its skills. In the middle it is slightly bent, ski tip and ski end exert pressure on the ground and the edges.

 

 

FULL ROCKER – The casual


The Full Rocker has a special ski profile. It’s very “relaxed”. Ski tip and tail are bent upwards, in the middle he lies – unlike the camber – on the ground. In addition, the Full Rocker is usually a bit wider in construction. It doesn’t like Icy slopes icy slopes that much. This casual ski feels most comfortable in the deep snow and powder snow, he also loosens up slippery slopes.

 

 

The Full Rocker skis quickly forgive mistakes and is revving due to their negative bias and shorter edge length. You have to give less power and it feels like you are literally surfing in the deep snow.

 

 

TIP & TAIL ROCKER


The Tip & Tail rocker is bent at the ski tip and at the ski end, in the middle it has a traditional bias. In the middle the ski is bend a bit – unlike the Full Rocker Ski. The effective edge length is also shorter here, giving the ski a high maneuverability.

 

 

The Tip & Tail Rocker offers slightly less driving stability than the Full Camber, but it reliably guides its rider. 

 

 

TIP ROCKER


Tip Rocker skis are – unlike the Tip & Tail Rocker – only bent up at the ski tip. In the middle they have a traditional bias – so they are slightly bent in the middle. The effective edge length is also shortened here, which provides a slightly lower driving stability compared to full camber.

 

 

The Tip Rocker is known for its flexibility and excellent maneuverability even if the tempo gets higher.

 

 

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