After SIA and all the hype about "rocker", and also still studying for the L3 Teach exam..
I think I understand rocker, early rise, "all mountain rocker", reverse camber, partial reverse camber, etc.. Some think it's a FAD, some think it's cheating, etc.. But it's here and we need to adapt our teaching to meet the needs of our customers.
My understand is that it has to do with the amount of bend or lack of bend (camber) or reverse camber and where it is placed on the ski.
What does it do to the way the ski interacts with the snow?
More pressure can be brought to bear under foot..
Less chance of catching an edge (tip and tail may not be getting as much pressure)
Initiation of turns should be easier. Less edge "lock" due to less of an edge on the snow when the ski is flat.
Ski feels shorter and "skis" shorter due to the lack of edge, however stability should be better due to longer skis.
Do you change the way you teach because of rockered or early rise skis? If so, how and why? I do have my thoughts on this but would like to hear from those of you that spend/have spent many more days on the snow and with wider/fatter/rockered skis than I.
While I have demoed several "fat skis", The fattest ski in my regular quiver is 82mm Under foot with a slight rocker. (blackeye, ti) and have only really spent about 8 days on them so far. The rest of my quiver are all under 75mm underfoot. I love the quickness of edge to edge and since I don't spend as much time as I would like off piste, these skis make more sense to me..