What is Ski Rocker? || REI

What is Ski Rocker? || REI


– Hey I’m Katie with REI
and today we’re gonna be talking about camber versus rocker. The profile of your ski or board can have a huge impact in how you ride. So let’s talk about it. (laid back groove) So what is camber and rocker? It has to do with the
arch shape of the ski when you look at it in profile. Camber, or positive camber,
is the traditional shape of a ski. So when you put it on a flat surface, you’ll see that the middle of the ski is up off the table, while
the tip and tail are touching. A fully rockered ski is the opposite. So if you were to put a fully rockered ski on the table, the middle
would touch the table and the tip and tail would
be completely in the air. Rocker was originally
developed for powder skiing, so that’s most likely where you would see fully rockered skis. Now, most modern skis
have some combination of rocker and camber. So for example, a ski with early rise will have some positive
camber in the middle, but then you’ll have a
more rockered front end to keep the tip of the ski up in the air. So what do rocker and camber do? First, camber. When you have a fully cambered ski, pressure on your ski evenly
distributes the weight across the entire edge. When you can engage that
entire edge through the turn, you get better hold on firm
snow and stability at speed. Plus the camber gives you
that springy, poppy feel when you come out of the turn. Rocker does it differently. So, for example, the early
rise will keep the tips of the ski out of soft snow
so that it doesn’t dive when you get out into powder. The shorter effective edge gives you a little bit more maneuverability. So, for example, park riders
tend to like rockered skis because then their edges
don’t get caught up when they’re flippin’
around from side to side. So, which one is right for you? Cambered skis are gonna be your go-to if you like riding packed
snow or really love carving at speed, or
that springy, poppy feel when you come out of turns. Likewise, rockered skis
are gonna be better for soft snow or powder, or for things where you need maneuverability
like tree skiing or riding in the park. The combination of rocker
and camber is different on every ski, so it’s best
to demo when possible. As always though, you can
come in to your local REI and ask the experts to
figure out what combination is best for you. That’s all we have for you today, so until next time, thanks for watchin’.

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