You may find that buying a snowboard is different from buying gear for other sports such as basketball and volleyball. For snowboarding, you have to take note of the different elements of a snowboard to make sure it facilitates your snowboarding technique best. For a fairly new buyer, you may still be having a hard time wrapping your head around all the technical aspects of a snowboard.
This article will help you understand one of the technical aspects – the snowboard profile.
How Do You Ride?
You may already know that the snowboard you will be using will depend on how you ride. Professionals offering snowboard and ski hire say if you ride aggressively, and snowboards built for performance suit you better. Ride more like a jibber (riding rails, boxes, walls, etc.—anything besides snow), and a different snowboard suits you. Snowboard profile factors into what snowboard best suits your style of snowboarding.
One snowboard profile is camber, which used to be the only snowboard profile. It can provide you with an edge hold, pop, and stability. Choose camber if you want stability at high speeds, better carving, and additional pop.
Alternately, you can choose rocker, or reverse camber. As the antithesis to a camber profile, the rocker provides you with a more forgiving board. You can float on snow better with a rocker. You can also have an easier time pressing and turning with it.
The third option is the flat camber or zero camber. Flat camber offers you the best of both the worlds of camber and rocker. You can enjoy the versatility that flat camber grants. It works well on rails as well.
Finally, you can choose the hybrid camber, which combines camber and rocker differently from flat camber. With hybrid camber, you get rocker between your feet and camber underneath your feet when snowboarding. The combination also gives the hybrid camber versatility, the rocker feature of snow floating, and the camber feature of stability.
With a better understanding of snowboard profiles, you can choose your snowboard better.