Rocker

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Rocker is an innovation in skis, where the tip and/or tail of skis are shaped with an early upward curve that resembles the arc at the base of a rocking chair. In soft snow, rocker helps tips and tails avoid sinking. This means skiers catch edges less often, turning is easier and balance is improved. Essentially, rocker serves to pre-bend a ski into an ideal shape for soft and variable snow, giving the skier a more predictable platform.
Rocker is an innovation in skis, where the tip and/or tail of skis are shaped with an early upward curve that resembles the arc at the base of a rocking chair. In soft snow, rocker helps tips and tails avoid sinking. This means skiers catch edges less often, turning is easier and balance is improved. Essentially, rocker serves to pre-bend a ski into an ideal shape for soft and variable snow, giving the skier a more predictable platform.

Rocker is an innovation in skis, where the tip and/or tail of skis are shaped with an early upward curve that resembles the arc at the base of a rocking chair.

In soft snow, rocker helps tips and tails avoid sinking.

This means skiers catch edges less often, turning is easier and balance is improved.

Essentially, rocker serves to pre-bend a ski into an ideal shape for soft and variable snow, giving the skier a more predictable platform.

From “early rise” to “full rocker,” there are four variations to this technology.

From “early rise” to “full rocker,” there are four variations to this technology. From “early rise” to “full rocker,” there are four variations to this technology.
From “early rise” to “full rocker,” there are four variations to this technology. From “early rise” to “full rocker,” there are four variations to this technology.
  • "Early rise" is a slight rocker in the tip with all other construction normal in terms of camber and side cut. Early rise reduces the useful running length of the skis edges resulting in unforced turn initiation. Edges will still hook up at low angles to carve full turns; handling a variety of terrain and snow conditions making this type suited for all-mountain skiing.
  • “Tip rocker,” which creates a big time float and just about effortless turn initiation. A drawback is the lack of edging grip in the tip, but this ski will finish a turn with power, making them best suited as big-mountain tools.
  • “Tip and tail rocker” can range from slight to severe up-turned tips and tails with normal camber from in front of the binding to slightly behind the binding. In the powder you get a surfing like feeling because the tail lets go easily, but on hard pack, good technical form is necessary to stay balanced and be able to edge out turns. Riders with a centered stance and an eternal love for powder will like this style.
  • “Full rocker” is the ultimate in unchained, playful skiing. Think of them as ski tools that resemble bananas which are usually dead flat under foot and can have varying degrees of rocker in the tip and tail. These boards are easy to pivot and plow through soft snow and if the rocker is subtle, accomplished skiers amazingly can make clean carved turns. These are best suited for powder pigs that only use groomers to get to the gates and ski mostly deep powder stashes.

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[edit] Reference

  1. Wikipedia Skis [1]
  2. Rocker Guide - What is "Rocker" and why does it matter? [2]
  3. Here's why ‘rocker' skis work the way they do [3]

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