Tech Tuesday: Triple Camber
Welcome to Tech Tuesday! Today, we're deep diving into our revolutionary Triple Camber Technology.
More High-Pressure Contact Areas = More Stability, Better Tracking
A traditional, single camber profile has one, large camber going from nose to tail in the board. When you're on an edge, there are only two high-pressure contact areas, one at the nose of the board and one at the tail of the board. Leaving the center of the sidecut with lower pressure.
A Triple Camber profile adds two more high-pressure contact areas on either side of the middle camber zone between the binding area, with four high-pressure contact areas in total. So when you're on your edge, there is added stability between the feet – meaning deeper trenches on carves, and an increased ability to hold an edge on ice or poor conditions. Not only that, but it also means the board will track better at variable speeds and reduce chatter at higher speeds, allowing you to feel fully in control. This also helps the track straight and predictable while getting on and off the lift as well as traversing cat tracks.
Let's take a look at the difference in a Single Camber profile, versus a Triple Camber Profile:
The profile IS the Edge-Tech, and the Edge-Tech IS the Profile.
What do we mean by this? Well, popular edge-technology from other companies involves purely the side edge of the board. The metal edges protrude outward and regress inward similar to a serrated knife. This wavy edge is 'grabby' and increases the drag. Whereas, Triple Camber is the actual profile of the board. Meaning the 'waves' don't go from the board outward, but rather from the base down towards the snow, providing the pressure when on edge and will flow more freely while still maintaining grip. This allows the board's to be more forgiving for park riding, yet still be able to trench carves due the triple camber technology.
Check out this example of the high pressure contact areas in action:
Triple Camber Reduces Drag
You probably wouldn't think seaplanes have ANYTHING to do with snowboarding.... but hear us out 😉
When taking off with a seaplane, you might think glassy water is ideal, but glassy, wakeless water actually makes taking off more difficult, due to the smoothness of the surface increasing drag and reducing the ability to accelerate. After one of the Canaday brothers, Tracey, experienced this on a fishing trip, it inspired some of the thought behind Triple Camber technology.
In the same vein that a little surface roughness actually helps break the contact between the floats and the water on a seaplane, Triple Camber technology allows pockets between the base of the board and the snow – decreasing friction and drag, and increasing speed and the ability to continue gliding even on at low (or almost no) angle runs, such as cat tracks or when traversing.
Triple Camber Increases Pop, Provides Better Float
When it comes to pop, whether you're doing flat-ground ollies, shooting off side hits, or popping off the lip of a jump, you're loading up the camber area and releasing to complete the ollie. In a Triple Camber board, having camber focused into separate, key areas allow a rider to load up the camber and then 'spring' release - providing an unbelievably explosive pop!
What goes along with pop? Float. The three camber areas reduce drag, as we talked about with the seaplane example, which makes it easy to maintain speed and glide through the deepest of powder, as well as stay on top of slushy conditions. In addition to the Triple Camber profile itself, all of our Fusion Triple Camber snowboards feature an Early-Rise Nose for the ultimate float mechanics.
In the video below, Sam Anderson, Never Summer Pro Team Rider and Mechanical Engineer, breaks down Triple Camber Technology from a unique perspective.
Triple Camber Promotes Progression
We could go on all day about why Triple Camber is an incredible snowboard technology, but simply, Triple Camber makes snowboarding easier. Your board will be more responsive, track predictably, trench carves, and explode with pop.
Check out all of our Triple Camber snowboards here