It's f%$#ing ridiculous to claim the hybrid rocker/camber as one companies intellectual property, IMO. Here's why.
You can change the total performance of the ski with the subtlest of tweaking, slight shape shifts (Fringe fans), and if you have some different qualities of dampening and stiffness in the ski, it will cause the shape and the camber to behave differently, producing a completely different performance, therefore different ski. ie, Bent Chettler and S-7 perform very differently, although both are hybrid designs.
F#% Armada, they are going to receive my ongoing rath from here out, and I will try to derail anyone looking to buy them. Kids will buy whatever, so be it.
Tell me Atomic has nothing to do with this, as I really like the Bent and the company in general.
And for those who want to bash the big companies, consider this: big ski companies have done a ton for the sport, sponsoring skiers for decades, developing the engineering that is the basis for all ski designs for 50 years, working with skiers on developing engineering and design, participating in big venue racing and other ski events. What have some of these small start ups done for anyone? Dick, that's what.
The small ski commpanies do more than Dick. Companies like icelantic are trying new things like the agressive sidecut. Also atomic and all the other big companies all started out as small ski companies. I dont see a problem with buying big or small company skis just which ever ones seem the best . Everyone also likes different skis so the small ski ccompanies giver many more options of types of skis since the smaller ski companies have much different skis than the big ski companies who almost have the same skis.