We need to educate the market to understand that our Banana contours are dynamic (flexible and moving) and not static like a surfboard (no flex). Higher Banana actually tends to add stability in a snowboard. It will be a hard concept to grasp for most people for many years to come.
A higher Banana distributes more pressure to the central(straighter) portion of the sidecut, which gives stability at speed. The nose and tail of a board is where the sidecut flares out and can be twitchy if there is too much pressure on the snow(remember the dangerous twitch of cambered boards in the dark ages). Contrary to popular myth, Banana does not cause a board to teeter-totter, it actually redistributes your foot pressure to better portions of the board than antique camber was capable of. We actually tested a very, very stiff and high Banana(too stiff) on our pressure mapping machine a couple of years ago and learned that when stood on by a 150lb rider, it still had a surprising amount of pressure driving into the snow at the nose and tail. And this wasn’t even a C-2.
Our boards with higher Banana have also displayed the ability to glide a little faster than traditional camber or lower Banana contours. We attribute this, once again, to the straightest part of the sidecut(between your feet) having a higher percentage of the pressure distribution. Test a Magic on a flat cat track and you’ll see the raw racing ability at 3 miles per hour. Leave your camber-loving bretheren in your wake!
The Cygnus has won every test(4 at last count) it’s been in with comments about “mad pop” and high speed stability. The Cygnus and Magic have our highest Bananas. The proofs in the pudd’n, but it is something to think about when trying to understand the dynamics of Banana contours.
No magazine has shown a real understanding of Banana stability verses camber in the preseason equipment articles every year. I guess it is our job to better educate them.
The good news is that we have many future years of design aspects to talk about to retailers, magazines and snow-riding-people. Our future will be dynamic and exciting.