The 3-point contact camber maximizes the ski's handling and stored energy, without compromising its agility. Rather than the pressure being uniform across the entire length of the ski edge during a turn, three distinct high pressure zones are created. This blog will first describe to you what 3P camber is physically and then the benefits and operation of this technology will be detailed.
What is 3P camber?
Figure 2: Deformation of the Pionnier 104 (top) and of a ski from another brand (bottom) according to the force applied to the boot
The more observant among you may have already observed this phenomenon on other skis. Indeed, some skis with a lot of camber can also have this behavior. However, other skis don't do this as pronouncedly as the Pionnier 104 or the Explo 96. For this reason, our backcountry skis offer unique on-snow handling that provides great energy return on exits while remaining agile and playful.
What is the 3P camber for?
After all these explanations, it's still legitimate to wonder what the 3P camber is for. Well this technology reduces the pressure in the tips of the ski at low angles of attack. Lower pressure at the ends of the ski translates into greater ease in pivoting the ski. This behavior is often referred to as "playful" or "agile". That's what makes the Pionnier and Explo the perfect skis for negotiating tight turns between the trees of your favorite glade.
However, when the ski is edged at a steeper angle, in a short radius carving situation for example, the 3P camber behaves like a normal camber and transfers more pressure to the tips of the ski. This allows the ski to maintain good grip while allowing rapid energy return.
The result? Exhilarating and versatile skis that will allow you to enjoy your season to the fullest!