Whilst I understand the principles of camber and rocker ( and also Reverse/Reverse), your skies seem to feature "flat camber " which I assume means no camber ie flat underfoot .
What would be the benefit of having no camber?
PS, was set on buying a pair of atomic automatics, what would be the best equivalent in Down? The 7? mhilberts op 21 aug. 2013 21:46
The benefit of having no camber at all is simply an inbetween of having a little bit of camber and a full rocker. Just a gradual transition from less to more pivoty, but also from more to less poppy due to not being able to load as much energy into the ski.
The CD7 is our only cambered ski this season, and the reason is that it's designed to be poppy, energetic, lively and jibby.
The CD1 has flat camber, as it's a (huge) BC jib ski, basically. The flat camber makes it slightly more pivoty in deep snow than it would have been with camber, while still being quite poppy.
The 0, 2, 3, 3c, 4, 5 and 6 all feature our low full reverse elliptical rocker profile, which makes them handle even more smoothly in inconsistent snow. They are slightly less poppy due to this, but the overall feel and designed area of use is more "freeride-y" for these skis. The rocker profile is calculated to give full edge contact at 30 degrees of angulation, but if you unweigh the ski, the edge contact is zero and they are super easy to pivot.
None of our carbon skis lack pop though, they are very lively and energetic, it's just a matter of different levels of pop and what's appropriate for each model and area of use.
Here's a link to a pdf showing the difference between last years and this years CountDown 2. https://docs.google.com/a/downskis.com/file/d/0B7DjcmpPOyCVem9ycjB1RHR...
Incidentally the 2 is the ski I'd recommend as an alternative to the automatic. Freeride, directional, playful yet works well on groomers and doesn't have a very long radius, with the added bonus of being light enough for touring...
Edit: Fixed the link to the pdf so that it´s available for download. Much easier to see the changes in a pdf reader.