Here is an insane thought.... The old Salomon Pocket Rocket had a soft tip... to help keep the tips up in pow! But the ski was too soft. If we have the tip with a pre-molded flex and call it rockered... is that better? Is it more useful to have a stiff ski with a bent up tip? Well, bent is the wrong word, hence the term "rockered" starting about 9 inches back from the tip... mold in an upward lift. So, ya lose contact length on hard snow. 'course these skis shouldn't be on hard snow, right? Truth is, we find ourselves on all kinds of snow.
After a wave of fat twin tips... Now its Hello... ROCKERED!
Let's take a look at some 08-09 stuff:
Some 08-09 Salomon skis
Gun 188cm 135-101-126 radius-22.2 Composite Core, Weight=4200 (181), Not Rockered... the too soft ski, but notice the lighter weight and it turns on a dime.
Rocker 192cm 147-127-137 radius-48.5 Core = ? Weight 5800 (192) Rockered tip = 72cm, flat swallowed tail Don't take this one onto the hardpack. This looks soft at the tip, stiff at the tail and full of lead weights. Can you say "banzai!!!!" ? I am guessing the longer length is to compensate for the loss of contact length.
Czar 182cm 131-111-121 radius-44.7 Full Woodcore Weight 4240 (174) Rockered tip = 62cm, high twin tail.
XW-Lab 198cm 140-107-120 radius-33 Woodcore Weight=5200 (198), Carbon-stiff tail. This is the gun with the wood core?
I guess if I were to demo one of these it would be the Czar... gotta try the rockered tip, but not so extreme. However, it seems to me that all this rockered stuff is for dedicated powder work. Salomon must be planning on selling a bunch of these.. I mean they're not a boutique manufacturer. I would love to see some real sales stats on all the skis. Must be skiing's best kept secret.
Are rockered skis showing up in any ski flicks?