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    Ski Shape & Performance


    While you can tour or ride resort on any set-up, manufactures tend design products with a specific usage in mind. The gear at Bentgate is curated to provide the best experience possible during a specific activity(s). Much of our gear excels in multiple activities, while other gear is more specialized.  This scale was developed by our staff to inform customers the terrain in which the product will provide the best performance. 


    Manufactures have spent the last 50 years fine tuning ski shapes to provide the best experience on the mountain. Different profiles are designed to increase performance depending on mountain terrain, snow type, or riding style. Profiles will vary slightly by manufacturer, but all of the skis and snowboards at Bentgate roughly fall into one of the following categories.

    TRADITIONAL CAMBER focuses on race-like downhill performance in hard snow and groomed terrain.  The reduced rocker profile gives the ski a longer effective edge, while a flat tail ensures a precise performance when carving turns.  

    DIRECTIONAL ROCKER provides float in deeper snow while still ensuring a precise feeling when making turns. The slight rocker in the tail will let easily let you vary between carve and smear turn shapes. 

    TWIN ROCKER profiles provides a loose and playful feeling on the snow.  A heavily rocked tail makes the ski nimble and surfy, especially in deep snow. The shape also lends itself to switch landings and skiing backwards. A short effective edge limits hard snow performance.

    REVERSE CAMBER or full rocker means that the center of the ski is flat or even rockered. This translates to a very nimble and floaty ski.  Often times a manufacturer will match the rocker profile to the sidecut of the ski, which provides great carving performance. Reverse cambered skis have a tendency to be less stable when not on edge. 

    DUAL CAMBER gives you many of the advantages of a Reverse Camber ski while providing better tracking and more effective edge on hard snow. The profile still maintains an surfy and nimble feel on the snow. 


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