Rocker and Roll

October 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

In the history of skiing, there have been a few monumental developments.

First, a benevolent creator or a dispassionate natural force heaved the earth upward in places, forming mountains of perfect height and pitch.

Then, the most highly evolved amongst our primitive ancestors decided that there had to be a better way to commute through endless miles of deep pow, so they strapped trees to their feet. The bravest ones forged shortcuts, straight up, over, and down the hills.

Later, someone decided that wearing a hollowed-out dead bear to keep warm and dry might make an excellent fashion statement, but really restricted range of motion, so she invented lightweight, waterproof, breathable performance fabrics.

Later still, after a night of excessive imbibing, a skilled craftsman retreated to his ski-making lair, neither able to walk a straight line nor carve one. The shaped ski was born.

And this year, according to every single skiing magazine I’ve read, we’ve made another giant leap for ski-kind: Rocker. (It’s actually been around for a few years, but it was mostly reserved for powder skis. Now, it’s going mainstream.)

The October 2010 issue of Ski Magazine devotes several articles to this topic. In the first one, Joe Cutts calls it “the next game-changer in ski gear” and “as important as the sidecut revolution.” Trends 2011 says that rocker deserves all the attention it’s getting this year. And in an earlier article back in February, the same Joe Cutts said that “we’ll all ski better because of it.”

So, you may be asking yourself, what exactly is rocker? Well, it’s the opposite of camber, of course! Still confused? So was I after reading Joe Cutts’ October article, which repeatedly defined one as the reverse of the other, without really defining either.

The good news, though, is that there are several articles out there that do an excellent job of explaining (and illustrating) rocker (including Mr. Cutts’ earlier article), and of how it will completely change your life.

So, rather than try to explain it to you myself, I’ll leave it to the experts:

School of Rocker, Joe Cutts, February 2010
What is Rocker and why does it matter?, Evo
Rocker, Skiing Magazine, 2009

And, of course, you can always stop by the Butternut Ski Shop this month, or our demo tent throughout the ski season, to learn more about rocker from our knowledgeable staff…or by trying it out yourself!

P.S. I didn’t forget about the boarders. Snowboards now have rocker, too.

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2 Comments

  1. Going to have to read up on what a ‘rocker’ is now!

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  2. Nice video now I have understand what is the new feature from the rocker ski


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