Board: Amplid UNW8
Camber Option: Pop Camber. This is oldschool man camber.
Bindings: Rome Black Label
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 200lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, moderate wind at times, firm fast groomers, death cookies, chunder, ice, and perfect firm fast corduroy.
Flex: STIFF! This is one of the stiffest boards I’ve ever ridden and I mean EVER. Tip to tail it’s a stiff and consistent flex that doesn’t have much give to it. There’s a little and I mean little amount of torsional flex but not much.
Stability: On a perfect groomer there’s no chatter. When you get into rutted out terrain and start hitting lumps, chunder, moguls, fat frozen skier families if it can’t plow through them it will hammer into them and you will feel a jarring hit to the body from it.
Ollies/Pop: You have to aggressively load up this camber and then this board just rebounds back to its natural shape and that gives you your snap. Is it the snappiest thing out there? Nope, but it’s so reactive you will think that it is. This board just uses any type of terrain to go fast and launch.
Butterability: Yeah didn’t even try because why would you? Are you some kind of buttering sadist?
Carving: Now you would think with a board designed to be a rocket ship that it would be the most aggressive carving board on the planet right? Well you would be wrong. This thing carves so different and due to the lack of torsional flex it utilizes itself more as a board for going Mach 10 and leaving a line vs ripping a deep hard aggressive laid over carve. This is a board that requires a lot of space so you can fully engage the edge and even then it’s a deck you’re not as laid over as you are tossing your hips and knees into to turn more. Long drawn out carves are where it shines. When you do lay this over because inevitably you will decide that you want try you need to be so calculated that you can predict where you will start the carve, hit the apex, and exit. When doing tight quick carves you’re throwing your hips hard into the edge to get it to engage which correlates to how nimble it is. The nimbleness is only as quick as you are with your body movements, so if you’re a slow slug, you’re probably dead.
Rider in Mind: The hardest of charging carving guys that want the stiffest of decks.
Personal Thoughts: Oh my god this is too much board for me. Talk about tossing yourself so hard into a board to get it to engage and drive. This thing was a workout. This is what driving a Formula 1 car must feel like because it was a total body work out. This isn’t a board for the weak or feint of heart this is for someone that wants to give it its all.
Comparable Boards: Nitro Pantera, Ride Commissioner, Bataleon Carver
Recommended Bindings: Now O-Drive, Ride A-10, Rome Cleaver