Cambered: This is the bend/shape most of us grew up riding. It is ski technology and works very well. It is an arch shape that is basically a loaded spring. As soon as you put pressure onto your toe side or heel side, it transfers that energy/pressure into your two contact points(nose and tail), giving you edges or bite. This shape is very effective for people who do a lot of jumping and hard carving. It is also the easiest shape to catch your edges on, and we all know, ain’t no body got time for that! Depending on the stance options, on deep days, you have to lean back to keep the nose afloat, burning that back leg on epic pow days. This is where reverse camber comes into play….
Reverse Camber AKA Rocker: This is the exact opposite of camber. Super loose on the nose and tail, catch-free tips, floaty on a deep day, buttery in the park on boxes and rails. One strike against this bend is that you have to put in a lot more effort in ollieing. This shape is mainly used on either park boards or full-on powder boards. Nose and tail presses are effortless with this bend as well. This shape is the easiest one to learn snowboarding with because of said catch free features. Many beginners start with a reverse camber snowboard.
Camber Hybrid: This is meshing two types of bends, rocker and camber. This shape offers the stability and pop of camber and all the benifits of rocker. Never Summer is the company who figured out how to blend these two together and dialed it in right. Super floaty, poppy good times! S-Rocker is a type of camber hybrid found mainly on powder specific boards. This board is usually a directional board that has rocker and camber mixed but placed in appropriate areas, giving you a “surfy” type of ride. A pocket of camber is placed under the back foot where all of your drive comes from and there’s a heavy dose of rocker on the nose, keeping it pointed to the stars, allowing effortless float in the steeps and deeps. If you plan to chase deep powder all season, you might want a Camber Hybrid setup.
Flat/Zero Camber: Think of this shape as one flat, stable surface. On groomers it’s a little faster and in powder, more surface area to float on, all while giving you added stability. The nose and tail contacts are typically set back on this bend causing a catch-free feel. Like it’s reverse camber brother, you have to put a little more effort into your ollies but if you are really over catching edges and taking tumbles this is the board for you.