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I rode up the chair last Saturday with a Nordica rep.  I asked him if Nordica will have any rocker skis next year.  He said, no but they will have skis with early rise tips and tails then went on to explain that rocker implies the ski have reverse camber through out so they were using the term 'early rise' to describe skis that have conventional camber or no camber thorugh the middle of the ski and tips the rise further down the skis than normal tips.  The Rossignol S7 would fit that category.  Anyone else heard this terminology?

Sadly, the Nordica demo van was there that day with some of next year's 'early rise' models but they never bothered to set up......I think they were too busy enjoying the 2 feet of powder.
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 Rio, the Early rise tip and tail is something being seen more frequently, I suppose as an answer to the person who wants a ski that will ski decently as an all mountain ski but still have the properties of a powder ski when the freshies prevail.
There is an article on SkiDiva that explains it nicely.
http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/showpost.php?p=107812&postcount=2
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I know the early rise tip has been around but all the shops in town (and most of the discussions here) call everything a rocker tip.  I find it interesting that the Nordica rep was making such a adamant distinction and didn't want the Nordica skis referred to as rocker.  I don't know if it was personal taste or a marketing decision.
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I'm riding the Scott Punishers which have a wide shovel and a kind of early rise tip that they're calling "Pro Tip" -- I think everything is markeitng-speak though.

--K
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I know the early rise tip has been around but all the shops in town (and most of the discussions here) call everything a rocker tip.  I find it interesting that the Nordica rep was making such a adamant distinction and didn't want the Nordica skis referred to as rocker.  I don't know if it was personal taste or a marketing decision.
If you want to know interesting, check out K2's 2011 line up.  Every ski in their 2011 line up has some form of rocker.  Even the front side carvers have what they are calling a Speed Rocker(someone will correct me if I'm wrong on terminology) which is nothing more than a subtle rise in the tip.
The reviews I've seen on the K2 skis have been far more favorable than I anticipated considering the bold move they made.
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Australia generally gets their skis 6 months ahead of the Northern hemisphere so we have just about finished our season now and the big winner in retail sales were skis with early rise technology, in particular the K2 skis and the Atomic Black eye Ti, I recently went to our industry on snow Demo days to test what you guys will call your 2011/2012 skis, without saying too much just yet, most companies will be moving to early rise for your next winter season 2011/2012, having skied on many of them over the past few months myself I am totally sold on early rise as the way to go if the person has reasonable technique, but if the weight is in the back seat then the early rise skis will let you know about it and you will see a lot of tip chatter, so to me an added bonus of having a ski instructor with you to get your weight in the right place.

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