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Amplid Pentaquark/UNW8

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Does anyone have any history they can share with these 2 rigs
The Pentaquark and the UNW8.
Some pros some cons and similar US boards , Cheers !
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Where is the magic huh? I think my Pentaquark is greater than the sum of it's parts. It's a traditional haul ass board built with the newest tech around. From the specs to the build technologies, it's just really dialed.

The overall board feel is awesome. Here's what makes it really stand out to me: it somehow rides damp but lively. Your Tom Sims Pro probably rides damp. Traditional haul ass boards achieve dampness with extra epoxy, wet layups, extra stiff triax and carbon, and a thicker core. That's damp and heavy, and has a particular feel. On the other hand, Amplid built a very lively board and damped that down with antiphase and hexo2. Because they built a lively board, it's really light. Like, really, really light for how damp and stable it is. The hexo2 cutouts in the nose and between the feet reduce weight, reduce vibrations, and dial in the flex pattern. I know others have said that antiphase works, and it certainly does. The implications of that are larger than it might seem on the surface. It isn't just damp, it's hella lively and responsive too.
 

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@WigMar see, that I understand! Totally right about my Sims, damp and heavy. Definitely not lively. Would you say that the Pentaquark would be a replacement or an accompaniment to a more old school haul ass board? What type of turns are you finding it most adept too?
 

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I'd think a CR would be a better comparison
Yes, it would.

I rode CR and Penta on the same day. In my opinion, CR was while carving - less effortless to ride, and more gentle and stable at low speeds. Also, I felt the line I'm leaving much smoother with CR than Penta (I could compare it to a delicate pencil drawing a line, and a pen drawing a line). Also, I lost twice heelside edge on Penta, while didn't lose at all on CR/Nitro Pantera - riding them much much longer. Both CR and Pantera had better edge grip/hold than Penta for me.

Right now, I'm on the same page as MrDavey - Penta didn't make a "wow" impression on me when I rode it the first time.

I need to ask Yeahti87 to get Penta again, for another test session. I want to make sure that nothing has changed (I tested both boards very early in the season).
 

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So many boards so little time. All I can say is that I have a damp and heavy fullbag db and light/poppy pantera. If the pentaquark is the combination of both, I’m all in.
The penta was lighter than my yup. @WigMar and I both remarked on that when we traded boards. I'm not sure I can really comment about the pop of the penta because I was too busy freaking out about how fast I was going!
 

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I really want to try a Telos DST, Telos Backslash and Telos RANQUET but I don't know a single person who owns one.
I have the backslash, compared to the K2 Niseko and the Korua TF, its definitely not as lively, kind of a duller ride, got it in a 148 as my tree board. topsheet construction is meh, sintered base seems better than average, but not great. carves like a motherfucker though, good spring slush board too
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I have the backslash, compared to the K2 Niseko and the Korua TF, its definitely not as lively, kind of a duller ride, got it in a 148 as my tree board. topsheet construction is meh, sintered base seems better than average, but not great. carves like a motherfucker though, good spring slush board too
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I have the backslash, compared to the K2 Niseko and the Korua TF, its definitely not as lively, kind of a duller ride, got it in a 148 as my tree board. topsheet construction is meh, sintered base seems better than average, but not great. carves like a motherfucker though, good spring slush board too
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Which of those do you prefer for tight trees/pow?
 

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The backslash because its the shortest at 148 and has the tightest sidecut.
I think I'm going to pick up a slightly used 2020 151 Niseko Pleasures and try it out. I still am on the hunt for a tight tree pow board. If this doesn't work out, I'll sell it and try to pick up a 150 Orca or 148 Backslash. Also on the short list but not as high as the two I just mentioned are the gremlin, dancehaul, sashimi and pyre.
 

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I think I'm going to pick up a slightly used 2020 151 Niseko Pleasures and try it out. I still am on the hunt for a tight tree pow board. If this doesn't work out, I'll sell it and try to pick up a 150 Orca or 148 Backslash. Also on the short list but not as high as the two I just mentioned are the gremlin, dancehaul, sashimi and pyre.
Nice work finding a 2nd hand NP/SP, I've been looking for a couple of years in Aus and they just don't come up. I guess it says a fair bit about the board.
 

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Nice work finding a 2nd hand NP/SP, I've been looking for a couple of years in Aus and they just don't come up. I guess it says a fair bit about the board.
It wasn't cheap, but it looks to be in good shape and I can never find these on sale. I'm not sure if it's like you say and everyone keeps them, they don't make too many, or a combination of the two. Looking forward to trying it out.
 

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Also, I turned a buddy onto that Signal Tailgunner sale cause he's a big dude, but they didn't have anything but the largest and smallest sizes on sale. I'll get his opinion, but after reading what WigMar has to say I'm sure he'll love it.
 
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