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Are XC Skis next to go Rockered?post #1 of 712/21/09 at 9:28pmThread StarterAfter a discussion with a long time ski aficionado and tester regarding the migration to Rockered tips with standard cambers for carving, a passing thought made me wonder if there are any potential benefits for XC skiers......or to make it easier and more appealing for the unenlightened to give it a go?post #2 of 712/21/09 at 9:35pmpost #3 of 712/22/09 at 4:45amAt the risk of taking a joke post seriously:
Most XC skis already have reverse sidecut and have done for years.
The whole reason an XC skis works is the camber (grip zone and glide zones at the tip & tail) so I can't see this working.post #4 of 712/22/09 at 5:28ampost #5 of 712/22/09 at 6:33amThread StarterQuote:
Well, half seriously.
As mentioned the trend seems to be that there is a benefit to a traditional camber for carving with a rockered tip and slight twin tip. My friend's view was that the ski designers have a different emphasis on US deep powder skiing (ie bottomless, crud, wind packed, crust, mank, etc ---> camber and rocker) versus European powder skiing (ie, 12" on a solid glacial base ----> full rocker). Apparently, if I understood correctly, K2's line next year will all be rockered. It was impressive how light many of the wide skis are getting.
It seems plausible you could add a double camber to a ski with a rockered tip.......but it probably makes less commercial sense since you can sell someone a fat, rockered ski with AT bindings, boots, skins and Avy gear, etc to access the same low angle touring you can access with traditional XC set up at over 1/10th the cost. Damn ironic.post #6 of 712/22/09 at 11:37am
Many years ago when I was racing XC, we were aware of conditions where we wanted to manipulate ski camber, although of course we didn't use the terms "reverse camber" or "rockered."
You'll probably recall the old tradition of sizing skis by standing on them indoors, and choosing a length where you could just slide a piece of paper out from underneath. This worked pretty well for finding a good ski length for a hard track.
We had a number of tracks that were pretty soft, and a lot of racers preferred to size down 10cm on these tracks for better kick and glide. The goal was a flat ski, not a rockered ski, but we were moving in a similar general direction. No change to the ski itself, but a ski was chosen that had effectively less camber.
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