What do Flying V, Flat Top, Pure Pop Camber or Camber mean?

What board bend is right for me?

One key element of how a board will ride is its profile (the shape when you look at it from the side) or bend. Each specific bend can be found under the Tech Features section of each board's product page.  Understanding the different board bends can help you find which board is right for the conditions or terrain you ride in. 

We offer a variety of different bends: Camber, Flying V, Flat top, Directional Camber, Directional Flying V, and Directional Flat Top. Please keep in mind that the bend of the board is just one aspect in selecting the right board for your riding.

Regular Camber:

The side profile of camber looks like a rainbow. Tried and true, camber has been the dominant board bend in the snowboard industry for almost 40 years. Adopted from the bend of alpine skis, camber snowboards deliver precise turning and edge control, with spring-loaded pop due to the bend in the board, providing better jumping characteristics. Advanced riders tend to prefer this bend, especially for hard carving and high-speed riding. Even when it comes to softer park snowboards, camber boards deliver exceptional pop and control. However, they are not as forgiving of mistakes and can be more difficult to learn or progress on than a rocker or hybrid bend.

 

 Pure-Pop Camber:

We call this “Diet Camber” featuring about 70% of the camber profile length that a typical camber board has. The camber zone ends just outside each channel, and a flat zone continues for a few centimeters of length until the board transitions into a small amount of early rise near the nose and tail.  This board bend lies somewhere between the playful flat bend and the precise camber bend. It also offers increased pop as the flat zones before the nose and tail kicks provide additional load and rebound.

 

 Flying V:

This bend is a hybrid of both camber and rocker, where rocker is the opposite curvature of camber. It has camber underneath both feet and rocker in between the feet, as well as outside the feet. The nose and the tail are lifted off of the snow which makes for a super-playful, floaty ride by reducing the ability to catch your edge and allowing the board to plane better in deep snow. The camber underfoot gives you edge control and pop where you want it, without sacrificing that playfulness where you need it. Flying V can make a board feel softer than its Camber counterpart. For example the Process Flying V vs. Process Camber; Flying V will feel softer even though they have the same materials. Geared towards beginner to intermediate and freestyle riders but provides a versatile platform for progression and exploration.

 

 Flat Top:

These boards run perfectly flat for the running length of the board, with a few millimeters of early rise rocker in the tip and tail. This shape is the perfect blend of the stability and precision camber offers, as well as the catch-free and playful personality of rocker. With no camber to press out of the board, turning takes very little energy to initiate. Flat boards perform well in all conditions, from powder conditions to hard-packed and groomers. It is great board shape for any rider.

 

 Directional Camber:

 This board bend has entry rocker that adds lift to the nose while a camber section under both feet maintains momentum and stability through deep-driving turns and variable conditions. This bend caters to those who like the attributes of traditional camber but want something that will get up to speed and float easier in powder. 

 

Directional Flying V:

This board bend has entry rocker in the nose to add lift while a camber section under the back foot helps drive and control. This creates a bend that is easier to ride in powder or soft snow compared to directional camber while still giving the board stability.

 

Directional Flat Top:

This features a longer entry rocker in the nose that transitions into a flat section just before your front foot for the remainder of the board. This will be the most powder specific board bend as it promotes lift and float for deeper days while not lacking stability and control.

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