ROME’S CO-FOUNDER AND DESIGNER SHAPES PROFILES TO DRIVE FEEL AND PERSONALITY
Our family of cambers supports and mirrors our feelings about building quivers. We back the idea that riders need a quiver of a few different boards, and camber variety is the main way we create different boards to fill those spots in the quiver. A rider might like positive camber for all-mountain riding, but prefer a more pow-oriented camber for the deepest days, and then also opt for our flat-rocker for park sessions. Camber design is a key way we make each of those days as fun as possible. And each rider is different; what one rider might like for all-around days is definitely not true for all riders. Camber Matters.
We innovated the concept behind this camber back in 2010 and ran it for several years in the Anthem SS—possibly a bit ahead of its time given the fruity anti-camber craze of those times. Through the intervening years, 100-day locals and industry insiders have told us that this is their favorite camber of all time, so we decided to bring back a new version of it. This design features positive camber through nearly all of the running length of the board. Just before the contact points, the positive camber transitions into rocker that only gets activated when you flex the board. The result is nearly all the responsiveness of positive camber, but with smoother turn initiation and a touch more float in powder. Great for all-mountain responsive snowboarding.
In this three-zone design, positive camber runs from the rider’s front foot to the tail of the board. Up front, a flat camber section extends from the front foot to just short of the contact points in the nose, where we put a small amount of rocker. The result is versatile responsiveness—positive camber in the mid and rear sections let you lock into and explode out of turns, while the combination of flat camber and rocker in the front of the board mix enough downward pressure for turning with nose buoyancy for floating. The positive tail also gives power for slashes and solid landing gear. Great for cranking turns on groomed and un-groomed snow.
Flat camber in the mid-section of the board meets up with rocker in the nose and tail to create a super versatile feel and response. The flat camber zone gives stability and directional response, while the rockered nose and tail give super press-a-bility and playfulness in all types of snow. Great for riders who like to balance creative trick selection with solid all-mountain freestyle performance.
Rocker between the feet and positive camber in the nose and tail. We fine-tune the amount of rocker between the feet to just make contact with the snow when the rider is not standing on the board. The result is more than enough float and playfulness from the rocker, while still allowing the positive camber in the nose and tail to deliver responsive power. Great for riders who like the best of both worlds—responsive turning, solid landing, powder floating, and nimble control.
For the last 30 years or so, there have been a group of riders who demand positive camber to fuel their snowboarding. This group includes most team riders, shop owners, 100-day locals and many of us at Rome. The reason they demand positive camber is for the unmatched pop and response that it gives a snowboard. Whether you are railing turns, ollieing off the lip of a jump, or stomping a landing, many riders think there is no better shape to have under foot. Great for riding everything with power.
In the Diamond of this camber, we keep the area under foot flat to deliver enough directional control, but with a mellow, easy-to-control feel. Outside of the flat Diamond, our 3D Continuous Curvilinear Rocker (CCR) lets the board initiate turns super smoothly and makes the board nearly impossible to catch an edge. The interaction between our flat Diamond and the rocker creates the unique playful, fun to ride board. More than great for learning—the best camber for learning to ride, period.
Using our unique Diamond and 3D Continuous Curvilinear Rocker (CCR), we build a camber that optimizes the responsiveness and control of positive camber underfoot, and the looseness of rocker at the nose and tail. The Diamond is the key. In the Diamond, we put full-width positive camber between the feet and then extend positive camber in the centerline almost to the contact points in the tip and tail. This powers a rocker feel with directional control and a ton of power down the centerline of the board. Outside of the Diamond, our 3D CCR elevates the nose and the contact points off the snow. Great for all-mountain snowboarding in all types of snow.
In two of our split boards, we use our Powder S camber to combine float in powder with strong turning performance in powder. In the nose of the board, we put rocker. In the zone between your feet and in the tail, we put positive camber. The board floats effortlessly into the next turn, then you transition into a powerful mid-section of the board for control, and finally you finish with power off the tail. Great for floating through powder and riding it with smooth power.
For the Powder Divisions, we’ve created a 3D version of our Powder S camber to give more forebody float in powder. We put a spooned-out 3D rocker in the nose of the board and combine it with positive camber in the mid section and in the tail. The result is round, floaty performance up front, with full-powered slash-a-bility in the back. Great for surfing untracked snow.
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