Just a few short years ago the reverse camber creation phase hit the technology side of snowboarding like a tsunami and changed the board landscape. We went from something tried and true but stagnant to what some might call the rise of the mad scientist camber theorists with profiles that were full of various camber, rocker, and reverse. If there was a variation of camber that could be created it was and has been built.
Now as companies board designers have finally figured out what does and doesn’t work we’re seeing them reinvent the tried and true traditional camber. While some might say that traditional camber doesn’t exist anymore, it is there and has its place in the current camber landscape. All one has to do is weed through the various tech names and stories that surround it. This is where marketing has failed the people as the belief that a creative name and description will sell more product instead of keeping it very cut and dry.
Below you will see the direction camber is going in. Instead of an arc representing the camber profile from contact point to contact point it has now been flattened out in the middle, but rest assured knowing this is traditional camber.
There are more variations than those listed above but this gives you a general idea of what is out there.
Obviously the names can be a bit misleading as everyone that snowboarded before 2004 just knew it as camber. Now you’re suddenly expected to relearn what it is and isn’t with all the various new names. Thankfully there are brands out there that are just calling it camber and keeping it simple still. So the next time you or someone you know is board shopping and they say traditional camber doesn’t exist anymore, flip over that board and look at the cheat sheet on the base. Read through the marketing hyperbole and see if you can see the reincarnation of traditional camber. If you can’t then I suggest you look down the sidecut of the board or place it on a flat surface and see if it has that arc you know and want.