Flat Camber Profile Explained

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by vlad vlad

July 5, 2019

Flat Camber

If you have decided to buy a snowboard or change the existing one, you are likely to be on the path of mastering the primary parts of the snowboard. This is because this comprehension is essential for choosing the right snowboard.

On this journey of comprehension, one of the important parts to explore is a snowboard profile. That is because the profile affects the way you shred, ride, turn, and land. Usually, there are three main profiles namely, camber, rocker, and flat.

While camber is the oldest profile, rocker is a recent innovation made from camber in the form of upside-down camber. The flat profile is simply a zero camber profile. Let’s dig out the flat snowboard profile in detail.

What Is A Flat Camber Profile?

A flat camber profile, as the name indicates, makes a snowboard lie flat on the surface. A board having this profile is flat. Excluding the tip and tail, the edges and base lie even and completely touch the snow. There is no curvature or bend from tip to tail. Just think of it as an even and stable surface.

The profile sits between the traditional camber and the rocker camber in terms of design and features. If you place a flat snowboard on a table, no space would be there between the table and the board. Such a profile ensures a better grip along the edge than rocker and improved maneuverability as compared to the traditional camber.

How the Flat Profile is Useful? How It Works?

The flat profile seems to integrate the benefits of both profiles making it a versatile option and desirable profile for park boards. As the section between the ends or bindings is flat, flat snowboards are super stable for riding rails.

The lack of curve is also the reason why this profile is ideal for a superb park experience. This low profile also contributes to less pop but is still ideal for park riding, as it is highly forgiving.

As the effective edge remains in touch with the snow most of the times, the rider’s weight is dispersed more evenly along the edge, making it more difficult than the traditional camber to catch the edge. In other words, the benefit that the riders get is a smooth, predictable ride.

Flat snowboards also are admired for their ability to facilitate easy transitions. The ollie force required to get in the air is less as compared to the conventional camber board. This profile is stable like camber but is free of catch and gives a much loose feel without much lack of edge control or pop, as the tail and nose points are the only curved sections and are usually set back.

Despite this, you can ollie just as in case of any other snowboard.  Like the rocker, it is essential to apply some more effort to the ollies. However, this profile is for you if you take tumbles and truly over catch edges.

On groomers, this profile is a bit faster. Similarly, in powder, there is a greater surface area to float on. In either case, the wanted level of stability is not compromised. The flat profile is also sufficiently stable while jumping at high speeds and yet offer a good edge hold for alighting after spins as well as sufficient flex to press on rails.

The profile promises better performance in powder than rocker. However, the grip is less if the snow is hard due to the minimal contact surface. Still, the profile facilitates a swifter edge change with pop more than rocker as well as grip more than camber.

A flat camber snowboard never pushes the edges actively into hard snow unlike the traditional camber. However, it leaves them on the snow allowing them to facilitate grip.

Thus, this profile does not actually possess as much edge grip as the traditional camber but yet facilitates the edges to grip on that snow. Thus, flat snowboards are strongly recommended for powder skiing.

For Whom Flat Profile Is Ideal?

Due to the stable ride, the flat profile is ideal for the first-time boarders who want a board to learn quickly while enjoying the ride. While such a board is subject to catching the edge, it is just reliable for hitting jibs and landing big air.

This profile is quick from one edge to other unlike the other profiles due to which it is perfect for riding over tighter regions with sufficient edge hold. This profile is not for those who want to enjoy fast riding, as it is slower than other profiles.

This is because of the lack of space or curve between the midsection and the snow surface. It is commonly seen on soft snowboards that are more inclined towards the freestyle type and are focused on riding non-snow aspects such as boxes and rails.

The curveless base makes a flat board a better choice for casual freeriding and park experiences featuring several big-air features such as pipes and big air jumps.

You can expect a feeling similar to riding a skateboard. With just a few feet adjustments, the turning experience can be made better for enjoying some freestyle actions.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Ideal for boxes and rails
  • Optimum stability
  • Stable even at high speeds
  • Possibility to ride boards shorter
  • Longer running surface
  • Decent pop

Cons

  • No rebound
  • A damp feeling, as it is neither a full rocker nor a full camber due to which all benefits of both profiles are missing
  • Catchy edges and hard takedowns
  • Less lively without extra measures

Conclusion

If you want to enjoy extra-large jumps and also hike rails and ride all over the hilly area, the flat profile is for you. It is truly ideal for park riders with flat design offering forgiveness and playfulness both. It ensures extra stability, easy transitions, and a bit more speed on groomers.

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