Jul 18, 2012

The right Rocker for every skier

Piste Rocker, All Mountain Rocker or Powder Rocker? If a skier knows the type of terrain he wants to ski on, then he automatically knows which type of Atomic Rocker he needs.

For 2012/13 almost every Atomic ski is equipped with a Rocker. But what exactly is a Rocker? Rocker refers to a reverse camber of varying degrees in the tip and – depending on intended use – the tail of the ski. A conventional ski is cambered, its tip is short and curved, the ski's contact points are close to the tip and tail when the ski is resting on a flat surface while the waist arcs upward.

With a rockered ski, the length of the camber is reduced: the pronounced negative camber (the rocker) means the tip and tail rise off the ground much earlier than they do on a cambered ski, shifting the contact points towards the midsection of the ski.

This construction has several advantages: rockered skis allow turns to be initiated more easily and carved with less effort; flotation in powder is improved. Skis with rockered tails exaggerate these effects even more.

Atomic produces skis with a Piste Rocker, All Mountain Rocker or Powder Rocker. They enhance or complement the character of a ski and the camber is accordingly more or less pronounced.

Agile and effortless: the Piste Rocker
The Piste Rocker – a lightly cambered rocker below the tip – is the ideal rocker for those who prefer to ski on-piste. Turns can be initiated effortlessly and edging is minimized. The ski runs smoothly and stably and delivers maximum grip on hard pistes.

Best of both worlds: the All Mountain Rocker
All Mountain Rocker skis are especially versatile: they are built for skiers who love to ski on and off-piste in all snow conditions. The rocker below the tip produces greater lift in powder and allows turns to be initiated more easily. Maximum edge grip is a given on hard pistes.

Always on top: the Powder Rocker
The Powder Rocker is ideal for skiers who prefer to ski in powder snow. Freeski models have a rocker in the tip and tail, while the Backcountry Touring ski features a heavily cambered rocker below the tip. The result: maximum lift and effortless manoeuvrability in powder.