Board: Amplid Pillow Talk
Camber Option: Mid Riser. Flat between the feet and rocker under foot to the tips.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 170lbs
Conditions: Fresh snow of about a half a foot or more and more falling through the day, a low cloud bank with grey skies, and a fair amount of wind. There was fresh corduroy on certain runs as well.
Flex: This board is snappy and responsive yet very playful. You’ll notice right away that the tips have an abundance of flex while it stiffens up a bit under foot and then between the feet there’s more of that playfulness like the tips. The torsional give is very prevalent and makes for a board you can center flex exceptionally well.
Stability: For being a board with a lot of flex it was surprisingly stable. Whether charging a wide open powder line with crust underneath it or getting into tight trees that didn’t have as much deep snow I never once noticed that it felt like it was going to buck me. On groomers and runs with powder on top of corduroy this board never had any of that nose or tail death flat that you sometimes get with a rockered board.
Ollies/Pop: Here’s where this board stood out. The level of pop out of this deck was insane. It turned 2 foot rollers into 20 foot gaps. You could load up and snap off anything in your path. Whether hitting a natural kicker or side hit I never once felt like it didn’t want to be up in the air.
Butterability: The tips are wider and playful. This makes for a great board to butter on. Getting into deep snow it just wanted to lock in and really press into the snow. Then getting on firm snow it did the same. This board was just so easy to butter on, yet had that snap and response you want where you don’t feel you’re just on a noodle.
Carving: Ripping down a groomer on a wider powder board isn’t always fun. Sometimes the boards just feel sluggish. This is not one of those boards, you can rip aggressive Euro-carves with ease. Quick set up turns, long drawn out carves, and middle of the road skidded slashes were not a problem.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants a powder freestyle board.
Personal Thoughts: I could ride this board for everything even though it’s considered a powder freestyle board. It plays well in the trees, slashes wide open snow, boosts off natural features with ease. I took it through some log jibs and managed to grease everything I hit. This board just wanted to do it all and then some. The tip geometry is great for getting in pow and naturally wants to float up to the top.
Comparable Boards: Marhar Bohemian, K2 Ultra Dream, Yes 20/20
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This board was loaned to us for review by Amplid Snowboards marketing department.