I've been riding cambered boards for 9 years up until this season. I've only tried the v-rocker as far as the new profiles go which is on my Burton Hero. At this point I don't think I can do without either of them. I love them both however, I am still leaning toward traditional camber as being my personal choice. The rocker profile just doesn't carve very well and it has ZERO grip on steep icy slopes that my cambered board slices right through without much trouble. Its a huge night and day difference.
This is my comparison. Both setups are using the same bindings (older missons on the 7, newer missions on the Hero) and exact same boots.
My old cambered Burton Se7en (first one Burton made) Its a very stiff park board with lots of camber for popping off jumps.
-LOADS of edge grip and control up to the highest speeds I've been able to reach on it (terminal velocity down our diamond slopes)
-Very responsive and positive feel while transition from edge to edge.
-More pop than you could ever possibly need for large park jumps and some pipe riding.
-Catching edges is pretty easy and unforgiving. Can make landing from a big jump slightly off square very painful.
-Low speed maneuverability isn't all that agile.
2011 Burton Hero with V-Rocker and pretty soft flex.
-Difficult to catch an edge.
-Very playful at low speeds for buttery ground tricks.
-The soft flex gives me a better feel on rails.
-Easy to recover from landing off-center.
-Does not grip ice at all
-Doesn't carve well at all unless its slushy or powder.
-Doesn't have that nice responsive feel while transitioning from edge to edge at higher speeds.
-The pop is ok but I could definitely use more in the park.
I've been bringing both with me and just use whatever stick I want at the time. If I want to carve through the diamond slopes than I bring the 7, if I want to play around in the park or on shallow slopes than I use the Hero. The resorts I normally go to make it pretty easy to access the parking lot from the slope so its not that big of a deal. I know at some resorts it can be a long walk back to the car. In the end my Burton Se7en can do it all very well but the Hero is limited to lower speeds and good snow conditions. For the record I can't fucking stand the Hero on icy conditions!!!!!
I haven't tried a hybrid profile yet but I'd like to pretty soon. I might wait till next year though.
P.S. My fiancee is new to snowboarding this year and is progressing very quickly. She has a Ride Solace, Rome Lo-Fi cambered (bought and rode yesterday), and shes tried my two current boards. She likes cambered the most. She loves the Se7en for its edge hold and her new Lo-Fi because of its edge hold but has a more responsive feel and fairly forgiving edges. So shes for cambered boards over anything else.
Last edited by Butterscotch; 01-31-2012 at 02:50 PM.
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