Triple Base Technology is a design that looks at how the shape, materials and the board as a whole reacts with the snow whether it’s turning, pressing, sending, or any other contorted form you happen to make with it. This is what we spent a long time studying and tinkering with and it’s what led to our signature 3BT designs.
3BT boards are built with tip-to-tail positive camber and base concavity near the tips, with the proper materials to match. This fusion delivers all the awesome benefits of camber, rocker, flat and hybrid designs without the downfalls of each. 3BT is it’s own breed, something completely unique.
The Best of Both Worlds
We design boards with tip to tail camber because it gives them a powerful backbone. Camber’s spring and rebound is what creates lively turns, offers suspension, and helps keep you balanced and in control when you’re flying down a mountain. It allows you to load up pop instead of looping out like V, U, moustache and mushy banana shapes. Camber also offers suspension. Camber is good, but it’s highly concentrated around the board’s contact points, which dig into the snow, tend to dive in powder, and are far from your center of gravity and foot control. When you’re just a bit off, camber will send you for a slam, scorpion, or tomahawk before you can even utter the "O" of "Oh shit!" Camber is awesome, but it’s temperamental. Rocker and reverse-camber designs eliminate aforementioned harsh edge pressures by lifting the tip and tail contact points off the snow and moving them inward. The edge pressure of rocker and reverse camber shapes is concentrated in a small area around your feet giving you half the control you used to have in exchange for some added float in powder and easy presses. Rocker/reverse-camber shapes render your tips nearly useless and eliminate all the benefits of camber like: snap, suspension, edge hold, control. Sure, these designs deliver a playful and forgiving ride, but they make the board far less predictable, prone to looping out, give it weaker edge hold and no suspension.
A Whole new breed
3BT’s genius lies in combining the benefits of rocker and camber shapes in one shape. This is done by taking a traditional vertical tip-to tail camber profile and combining it with a horizontal edge to edge rocker in the nose and tail of the board. The combo of these two shapes divides the nose and the tail of the board in 3 sections. The center base which holds the tip to tail camber (snap, suspension, edge hold and control) and the side bases that create the rocker (playfull, forgiving, float) with a gradual uplift from the bindings to the end of the board. The flat centerbase section of 3BT serves as a large, stable area underfoot and in the tips. It’s a steady place to press, pop, land or point it without the added drag of camber and uncertainty of edge catch. Gradually lifting the sidebase profile towards the tips changes the game by dispersing this pressure over a larger, more controllable area. Suddenly there’s a smoother transition when initiating turns, transferring from edge-to-edge, and sliding through transitions, yet the board doesn’t lose its foundation of grip because the full edge is engaged when the board is on angle.
Triple Base Technology divides the nose and tail in 3 sections: A left sidebase to turn left, a centerbase section to go straight and a right sidebase to turn right.
The up turned sidebases make initiating turns easier and faster, with less effort. The total uplift distance starts at zero under the bindings, growing to maximum at the widest points of the board. This puts the control under your feet without losing control outside the bindings.
As you initiate a turn the contact edge grows from your bindings to give a full traditional edge grip over the entire effective edge when fully committed.
The uplifted sidebases make your board forgiving when going straight (like a rocker) when you tilt the board to just a few degrees the full contact edge engages, without the torsional stress of a traditional camber board.
Because the board has no edge-to-edge concave between the bindings and a full tip-to-tail camber down the center of the board, you keep all the performance and control of a traditional camber board. At the same time, the angled sidebases give you the playfulness, forgiveness and powder float we have come to appreciate from rocker shapes.
3BT combines camber and rocker into one shape, and it actually works, but don’t believe us...
With enough pressure to engage the whole edge (just 2-3 degrees), the contact edge has the same shape as a traditional camber board, but the pressure is equal along the whole edge and no torsional stresses are introduced.
With a tiny amount of pressure, the sidebases start to engage near the bindings, but the pressure remains constant along the contact edge.
When riding on a flat base, only the centerbase section is in the snow, so the board travels in a straight line.
When pointing it or navigating sketchy traverses the board accelerates faster and holds more speed since the uplifted edges don’t drag.
Controlled Bite/Catch Less Edges
The uplifted edges make for a more forgiving board without sacrificing performance.
Ollies are more powerful than a cambered board because the concave shape from rail to rail in the tips loads up even more pop when compressed.
The hull-like shape of the tips has inherent floating and planing properties. Enough said.
When laid on edge, the uplifted sections along the edge form a truer more cohesive arc with the snow surface.
With less initial edge bite at the contact points, you can ride away from not-so-perfect landings rather than eating shit. And if you happen to put it down perfect, the stable centerbase locks in stomps.
Park & Jibs
The flat centerbase provides a large area to lock in presses and the uplifted edges around the bindings need little to no beveling. Glide through kinks, wallrides, boxes, transitions and more with the extra forgiveness of uplifted edges.
Asym 3BT featured on: ETA
Twin Pow 3BT featured on: Magic Carpet