11/11/2009 | by Blue Tomato
Negative shape, Chillydog, Banana, Reverse Camber…you don’t understand anything? No worries, everything you need to know about rocker boards is explained here!
The fact that snowboard companies like to experiment with new shapes is nothing new.
Sometimes the new boards work well, sometimes not so well. Now the years of mad scientist like experimentation in dark rooms seems to have reaped its rewards! When flicking through the catalogue you will certainly notice a few new symbols by the boards.
We have not included these to confuse you or because we were bored, but because there have been some major advances in board shape technology over the past couple of years.
The multitude of names such as Negative Shape, Chillydog, Gullwing, Banana, Reverse Camber, Wigglestick, etc. should not put you off. Every company has made their own personal touch during the development of these rocker shapes and has given their own unique name to them. As different as the names may be, the technology is based around the same principle. The camber (preflex) has been removed in certain sections of the board (usually the middle) or has been reversed. The result:
Better control on rails and boxes with a smooth, forgiving and fun handling. Most Rocker Boards are rather soft which also supports these advantages. Nose- and Tail Presses also have become easier with a rocker board, because you don’t have to fight the negative camber while pressing it. Apart from that rocker boards can be great fun in powder, too. The positive camber increases your float in deep snow. So park jibbers can also hit the powder without changing the board.
This is generally how a reverse camber board looks:
Of course there are variations from company to company regarding implementation and materials used. Should you have any questions about a specific model then please don‘t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Team.
However, rocker boards also bring some disadvantages with. Most are, as already mentioned, rather soft, so they are not very opt for high speed races. Apart from this, negative camber guarantees a better pop for ollies. Furthermore, rocker boards are harder to handle with icey slopes or sloppy kicker landings compared to boards with negative camber. Above all for riding the pipe this is a crucial factor. So you should really think about how and where you want to use you new board! If you are already used to TwinTip boards and prefer jibbing sessions in the park, rocker boards will be the optimal choice for you! However, if you prefer precise riding and maximum pop you will be better off with a board with negative camber.
The best thing to do is testing both “versions”. No matter if rocker or not it really depends on your personal taste and riding style which is the best choice for you.
Have fun when trying out the new shapes– the best way to do this would be to pay
a visit to one of the Blue Tomato Test Centres!
We also choose some Rocker Boards from our webshop for you: