There are many terms used today to describe the camber of a ski. This page will define our use of terms to compare our skis.
The three camber shapes offered by 7B Skis:
Traditional Camber - The rise of the middle of the ski. This gives a ski better tip and tail contact to hold better on groomed/hardpack and more stability at speed. Also gives pop coming out of turns. In powder however it will drive a ski downward thus ski tips tend to be more upturned to counteract this effect. This helps a ski rise to some degree but also creates a plowing effect that reduces efficiency in powder.
Rockered - Also referred to as Early Rise. Rockered skis can have either tip rocker or tip and tail rocker but still offer tip and tail contact points due to camber under foot. This creates vastly improved groomed/hardpack performance over a reverse camber or full rocker ski. Skis with rockered tails are best for people who tend to ride or land switch as they create a much more forgiving ski in those situations. For those who only ski forward tip rocker is usually the better choice as it offers better edge hold/stability and the ability to load up a tail without going over backwards. In powder, rockered skis perform very well as the elongated tip creates more rise. This allows lower tip angles to reduce the plowing effect caused by the camber of the ski.
Rockered Zero (flat) camber - Our term for a ski with tip rocker that blends into a flat ski underfoot and a non-rockered tail. Excellent in the powder as the flat camber eliminates any tendency for a ski dive down. This allows for very low tip angles to cut through the snow and lift the ski without plowing. On groomed the ski will still have very good edge hold and stability due to the tip and tail contact points. It does give up some of the pop coming out of turns.
Reverse camber (not offered by 7B Skis) - Also referred to as full rocker. Opposite of a cambered ski. Underfoot is the contact point with no tip or tail contact until the ski is laid over into a turn. Works great in powder as long as you stay centered or forward. Offers no support if you get back. Poor edge hold and stability on groomed runs and no pop coming out of turns.