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Banana, V-Rocker, Pop Rock, reverse camber, rocker, S,V,P-rocker, inverse camber, gullwing, chilli dog, it's no wonder we are all getting confused!

Let try and break it down in terms that I can understand - simple!


With small variations there are basically 2 common board shapes, which over the years in an effort to beat the market and sell more boards manufacturers have mixed and matched to create the wide range of boards available to today's riders.

CAMBER:

What could be called the traditional shape for boards (and skis), where the middle section arches upwards. This design is better able to handle turns and carves better, and as a rule of thumb boards are generally meant for freeride/ all-mountain riding.


Snowboard Design - Camber

REVERSE CAMBER:

a.k.a Rocker; a.k.a Banana is simply a board with the camber reversed, the clue is in the name! This approach provides much better float in powder, but the trade off is that carving responsiveness, is diminished.
a. Popular reverse-camber boards: Lib Tech Skate Banana, Burton V-rocker.


Snowboard Design - Reverse Camber


We should probably also mention Flat snowboards, however such snowboards are very uncommon, and we only include for comparison purposes. Yes you guessed it these boards have a flat base that touches the floor even at the center.

Snowboard Design - Flat

SO WHY HAS EVERONE GONE MAD FOR ROCKER OR BANANA BOARDS?

▪ Better in powder - Since the snowboard's tip is higher off the ground, it provides better lift, helping you stay on top of the snow.
▪ Easier to maneuver and less likely to catch an edge - Something your enthusiastic amateur appreciates! As rocker design shifts the contact points on a board, basically shortening your effective edge (the amount of edge that usually is in contact with the ground) pivots are easier to pull and quick turns become child's play. Switching, popping, and all the other cool tricks that you wish you could do seem to feel far more natural and easier to pull with rocker boards. If you are going to invest your hard earned cash in a rocker board remember these boards are not meant for carving down the side of the mountain!
▪ Love the park love a rocker - far more maneuverable than you standard camber board, the rocker design is loved by park junkies.

IS A BANANA/ ROCKER RIGHT FOR YOU?

If your preference is the park and you are not interested in carving down the mountain as fast as you can (while in complete control of course!), a rocker snowboard will be your new best friend, there is no denying that they are great fun, easy to learn and ride, on the other hand if you are a speed freak then stick to a more traditional camber design.
Popular Rocker Board Technologies


So let now have a look at the some of the more popular branded rocker technologies:

BURTON'S V-ROCKER

Burton's V-Rocker

Burton's V-rocker™: is a three-stage rocker that is equally at home in the park or powder. Featuring a rocker at the center between your feet, with additional rockers outside each foot that lift the tip and tail completely off the snow. Along the Channel zones, Burton have added what they call Pressure Distribution Edges (PDE) that are designed to give enhanced grip and power in an attempt to compensate for the board's loose and forgiving, skate-like feel.

BURTON'S P-ROCKER

Burton's P-Rocker

Burton's P-rocker: Inspired by the feel of skating, the P-Rocker features Zero Camber between your feet with rockers outside each foot like a skateboard, this lifts the tip and tail of the snowboard completely off the snow. This design make it easy to slip and slide the board, making the board feel loose, soft, and effortless to press and butter.

LIB TECH'S BANANA TECHNOLOGY

Lib Tech's Banana: First of its kind and arguable the pioneer in this space. The technology is similar to Burton's V-rocker but with some differences in the snowboards contact points. Most importantly, the Magne-traction technology found on Lib Tech's Banana snowboards are designed to give riders a better all-mountain freestyle board. Click here for more on Lib Tech's Magna Traction and Banana Technology.

LIB TECH'S C2 POWER BANANA

Lib Tech's C2 Power Banana: This is Lib Tech's twist on their banana boards. With the same center/middle banana design, the C2 Power Banana, on the other hand, have camber-shaped ends. The design is meant to provide an even more aggressive all-mountain freestyle board. Click here for Lib Tech's Magna Traction and Banana Technology

GNU'S C2 BANANA

GNU's C2 Banana: This is essentially the same as Lib Tech's version.

NITRO'S GULLWING

LOOSE AND RESPONSIVE
Designed for more technical park and street riding, Nitro's Gullwing Camber relieves pressure from the contact points giving the board a loose ride, just like a drifting car. The positive cambers under each binding maintain response towards tip and tail once pressure is applied to keep a controlled snap and pop in your deck when you need it.

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