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Traditional Camber- The concave arch the ski makes with the snow. This is what makes the ski have energy and pop when making turns. When you stand on skis, they look flat but really, you're pushing them down.
Rocker- A new technology in the ski industry. It is described as the ski surface's early departure from the snow. Different names for rocker indicate the angle at which the ski leaves the snow (e.g. early rise, slow rise). Rocker can be found in the tip, tail, or fully throughout the ski.
All Mountain Rocker- Rocker in the tip of the ski only.
Freeride Rocker- Rocker in both the tip and tail of the skis.
Reverse Camber- Rocker technology throughout the ski including underfoot. Instead of the ski having a concave arch when placed on snow, it has a convex arch.
If there is a rocker in the ski, at the tip or tail or both, you might want to size your ski a little differently. Depending on the degree of tip rocker, the point of contact is lower on the ski. If there is a tail rocker, the lower contact point will be higher. Rockered skis therefore "ski shorter" than a traditional camber ski at the same length. When choosing a rockered ski, feel free to add a few centimeters to the ski -- we don't recommend you go shorter in length for a rockered ski. When you are in a the heart of a turn, you can feel the full length because even the rockered portion of the ski is engaged (although the rest of the time you can't feel the length). If you'd like, you can contact us to find out the degree of rocker in a particular ski.
As always, feel free to call us to discuss a great ski length for you. We are the experts and we love to discuss skis.
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