|Back in 2008 when the RVL8 Condor was first released it was the widest skiboard ever made and once again the Condor is the trailblazer for powder skiboarding. The 2012 Rockered Condor is proud to boast the title of the first ever rockered skiboard! The
new Rockered Condor is designed with tip & tail rocker and zero camber. These features will help you keep your tips up when indeep powder and carve effortless turns on groomers. The 2012 RVL8 Rockered Condor is the absolute best deep powder skiboard ever made.
Here are some technical details about the revolutionary new design of this skiboard:
Camber is the height the center of a skiboard sits above a flat surface. The new Rockered Condor has zero camber meaning it sits perfectly flaton the surface of the snow. Tip & tailrocker means the tips & tails are “angled” up. Both of these features help you to keep your tips up when in deep powder and carve effortless turns on groomers. In the Rockered Condor’s case the tip and tail rocker are 10/17. The “10” refers to 10 millimeters of tip rise—the maximum distance the ski’s front end will rise when laid on a flat surface. The “17” means the ski’s base will not touch that flat surface until 17 cm down from the skiboards traditional contact point (just behind the tip).
These features along with a stiff center section for hard packed carving, soft flexing tips and tails for powder float and the traditional Condor width add up to revolutionary powder performance in a 110cm super maneuverable package. If you’re into powder and skiboarding the Rockered Condor should be in your quiver. Click to read more about rocker technology.
Thanks to Jack Jue for test piloting the prototype 2012 Rockered Condors.Also take some time to learn about the new “Slarving” technique to get the most out of your new Rockered Condors.Graphic design by Dave Cox.All RVL8 skiboards feature the best ingredients available:
Minimum rider height for best performance with:
Matt Hein dropping a cliff at Squaw Valley on a pair of 2012 RVL8 “Rockered” Condors 110cm Skiboards. Photo by Greco
Jack Jue Jr. –
2012 Rockered Condor – Like no other skiboard before it , but owing much in inspiration to the original flexy bendy 2009 and 2010 Condors . A torsional stiff zero camber center is matched with early tip rise rockered very flexible tips . Way easier to turn then the 2011 Condor just foot steer or pivot and the thing turns , rock the edge over a lower speeds or less angles and the very short straight section engages. On firm icy snow , you have much less edge to work with but the edge is straighter and you can apply all your weight to that very short edge and get very good grip much like you would riding a 75cm super wide bodied skiboard on icy snow. Tips and tails don’t engage until you have softer snow and then engage progressively the softer and deeper the snow . In nice soft groomed snow or chopped up firmish snow . begins to feel just like the 2011 Condor in the same snow but with a more relaxed carving feel with less tip and tail influence on the carve . Spins around and butters like no other skiboard , but perhaps less pop then the 2011 fully cambered Condor to initiate jumps . Maybe less crash durability off park features and awkward cliff drops then the stiffer more uniformly stiffer flexing 2011 Condor ? Suspension to die for in chop , variable snow , and powder with absolutely no need to set back the bindings . Less work and easier to ride then the 2011 Condor . I feel goofier , more playful on the 2012 Rockered Condor and a bit more serious and aggressive on the 2011 cambered ,stiffer version . For me , it is a no brainer , the 2012 Rockered version is more ME but is it YOU ? maybe you will have to buy both to find out LOL !
Tom Greco –
From a RVL8 Rockered Condor customer – "Yesterday’s [18 March] 14 inches of prestine powder at Grand Targhee Resort were epic. It was also the first time on my new RVL*8 Rockered Condor ski boards. I didn’t have time to tune them to my specifications, since I had just gotten them the afternoon before, but I put on some high velocity wax just in case. Before I bought the RVL*8’s, I did a lot of research, because I wanted a ski board that would perform well in deep powder. I gave up my long skis about 10 years ago, and had yet to find a ski board [I now own 4 sets], that could perform in deep powder, so I had to pretty much stick to groomed and/or skied off slopes. I looked at the Summit Custom 110s and the RVL*8s. Based on the specifications and the reviews, I decided to go with the RVL*8s. I DO NOT regret my choice. The RVL*8 Rockered Condors are exactly what I had been looking for, and it’s awesome to be able to play in the deep stuff again without sinking or getting stuck. The learning curve for me was three runs. These boards are wider than any of my others and they are longer. They are also heavier and the non-release bindings add to the weight. I had to tighten down my boots just a bit more to make sure my ankles stayed put. Once I got the hang of staying centered over the boards, skiing on the groomers and in the deepest powder was easy and awesome. These babies are fast and they rock!" – at Grand Targhee Ski Resort.
mike ingram –
haven’t purchased yet, but intend to test them immediately. they look superior in this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEOGd2v3NVI