Last season I rode the Nitro Sub Pop, The Bataleon Goliath, and the Never Summer EVO-R.
The Nitro had rocker betwen the bindings and camber under foot. Even with REALLY detuned edges for dedicated park riding, I was surprised I didn't die going through chop and sketchy conditions considering the noodley nature of the board. I attributed it to the base shape. I also rode the NS EVO-R, which has RC tech of course. It's similar to the Nitro, but the camber is more after the bindings rather than underneath. I didn't detune the edges on the EVO, but I felt the same way. It handled great everywhere considering it's a park deck. It handled better than the Sub Pop for obvious reasons but I took it out on some harder terrain and it did get kind of sketchy in chop, but nothing I couldn't handle. Just had to speed check at times unfortunately. EDIT: This is just my experience with these particular rocker shapes last season and how I think these shapes may be beneficial in general, and is not a comment on said boards being "quiver killers".
YES! was one of the few companies aside from Rossignol to have camber under foot, and rocker at the nose and tail. It's a tech I've yet to try out, but it's compelling because camber helps transfer energy, not just for pop, but for good carving performance. And the rocker at tip and tail makes it more catch free.
Companies like K2 and Ride are using little or no camber with slight rockers at the tip and tail. I'm curious about this shape and I'd really like to demo a board with this tech. Specifically the k2 Parkstar and Slayblade and the Ride DH2.4 and Machete. I've read some reviews and something about the flatter designs just doesn't seem optimal to me. Carbon stringers or rods might make up for the lack of pop, but I don't see how it will make up for equal carving performance when compared to a cambered deck. When the deck is unweighted as you're transitioning from edge to edge, that energy from camber flexing up and down is lost on a flat deck. The obvious problem with camber is that it makes a deck more catchy
Honestly when all is said and done I'd hedge my bets on designs such as the Hybrid Prorize, Camrock, and TBT since they have some form of traditional camber under foot. As I said though, I'm real curious about these flat and mostly flat designs.
Anyone who has ridden boards with the different base shapes mentioned please chime in with your thoughts. In the end it's really just the boarder, but these technologies are making boards more specialized rather than more convergent obviously. k2 pretty much switched to camberless decks. Is flat really
the quiver killer design?