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How do ski's even work
I have been trying to find out information about rockers and cambers off the internet and i'm really struggling. I just hate not knowing exactly what things are for, so my question is, what are the reasons and pros/ cons for rockers and cambers.
Firstly, my knowledge is fairly limited I think but I will start outlining what I know (or think I know)
Rocker- so when you hold your skis together. this is the part that touches. When you press into the ski center the position of the rocker will move closer to ski center. (I know that not all ski's will move but I don't know if they are still referred to as a rocker or not?)
Camber- the raised part in between the rockers.
The camber and the rocker combined are there to help the entire ski contact with the snow so that the tip and tail are firmly activating with the snow regardless of the fact the weight is in the center.
having a reverse camber is used for powder ski's to help with flotation.
I think that's all what I know, right or wrong.
How does having more camber affect the ski/ skiing? And i've noticed that on a lot of snowboards there isn't a camber or there is a reverse camber. What is the reason for this?
Hopefully i'm not too far off the truth and if you have anything else to add that would be great.
camber and the taper of your ski work together to distribute your weight evenly along the base/edge. Without camber, most of your weight would be distributed into the snow right under you. Camber spreads it out. It also acts to preload the ski, so more camber typically equals a snappier, more aggressive ski.
Rocker is there to do the opposite. It takes the pressure off areas of tip/tail. This helps the ski deflect up over bumps/snow. It also can be utilized with the shape of the edge to control how the ski will turn into a turn. if the sidecut continues up into the rocker, the ski will set a turn really easily. If the widest part of the ski is before the rocker, it will not hook up into a turn, but will be much more stable.
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