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.