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Amplid snowboards are relatively little known outside of Europe. So post up your reviews and experiences.
Amplid snowboards are relatively little known outside of Europe. So post up your reviews and experiences.
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I'll follow up with more later, but in a nutshell this Amplid Surfari is an incredible ride.

20cm fresh dry powder and it's an amazing board. I was so nervous to get on this board as I thought it would be too much but I'm not sure I'll ride much else it's just so smooth. I'm 74kg on the 157 and that minor 3D spooned nose allows this board to roll from edge to edge and not get hung up. I don't know what to say but I'm a fan.

Thank God I have another 3 days here.
 

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I was worried you would spend too much time on the Yup before you broke that bad boy out! That 3d nose coupled with antiphase is really something special. So glad you got some fresh to try it out.
The Yup was so much fun but the Surfari is something else, it.just feels effortless to ride.

That thread from @Kijima has also helped me so much in improving my riding.

Really liking these K2 Lien AT bindings also, nice feel, responsive. First time I've ridden +/+ at 21/3 and that feels good for me. The heelside carving feels much better.
 

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Man, so glad that you're having an amazing week!!! Bluebird days, light pow - it's not often you get those two in the same week down here.

How do you find the Amplid in terms of feel-of-weight? I'm not trying to become one of those spandexed Tour de France weight-weenie commuter cyclists, but I AM starting to research boards that are on the lighter side, in terms of feel.

Penny for your thoughts!

PS yeah the Lien ATs are a solid binding.
Yours to ride later in the week 👍

It's funny, it's light to ride to me but I feel it on the chair but I think that's more the +21 binding angle that is more awkward on the lift.

It's a seriously smooth board to ride, spent a bit of time at Rapunzel's and handled it so nicely.

Heading home Sat so if yr here before flick me a msg and you can ride it.
 

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Yeah the stereo was one I was originally looking at and then changed my mind. It was a long process getting it here and we did get hit with Tax on this one but saved some dollars as a mate and I imported 2 boards under the one shipment, he got a Creamer.
If you are thinking of getting one, make sure you send Gregor an email and ask what's the best price he can do. I reckon I landed the Surfari pretty close to $1k AUD all up which isn't too bad.
 

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If you are interested let me know, I know my mate with the Creamer is thinking about a Surfari also and you know what, it wouldn't take much to convince me to add a true twin like the stereo.
 

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Argh shit man, didn't see this until now - got flooded with jobs for work yesterday arvo, and after work had a couple of virtual drinks with my work partner, got very philosophical (and a bit tipsy - life is short, do what makes you happy etc etc), and jumped online and picked up a Stereo from a store in Sydney.

There's actually a sorta decent range here - between E107 and Wilderness. I will be keeping an eye on either the Spray Tray or Dada or Aloha Vibes at the end of the season, because they all look like they'd suit my lazy carving style to a tee.

Between the two shops, there are still Ticket Twins, Stereos, Creamers, Paradigmas, as well as the Future Shapes collection - something to tempt you in there?
Shit, I had no idea you could buy Amplid direct here in Aus - what size Stereo?
 

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I got a 155. Would have got a 152 as a super playful, undersized board for getting back into spinning on small and medium park features, but figured the 155 would be the more sensible option for my weight.

I was actually really close to pulling the trigger on a Ticket Twin or Paradigma during the last lockdown, but couldn't justify it. Then they sold out at E107 (best prices I can find in Aus for pretty much anything, really). Then drinks with my work mate last night, and I thought fuck it, if I don't get onto it now, it'll be gone when I want it at end of season sales.

You love your Surfari. I'm sure I'll enjoy the Stereo. At end of season if I can wrangle it, I might see if I can get a multi discount on e.g. a Ticket and Aloha Vibes. If getting a couple of boards I don't need but do want, means increased likelihood that brands like Amplid can be sold locally, stuff it - I won't be frowning.

(Sorta like my correspondence with Weston Backcountry - they were looking into getting in with local distributors, although that hasn't happened yet.)
You must have got the last 155 ya bugger - I'll have to do another trip down to have a ride on it. I feel bad man, you should've taken the Surfari for a lap - I apologise.
 

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Angry gave an Amplid shout out around an hour into his last livestream. He called them supercar snowboards that will change the way you see snowboards forever once you ride one. Pretty high praise from the angry one. I really can't wait to shred my Penta and Surfari again.
Sounds odd, but man that feeling I got on my first run on the Surfari.....
 

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Hope E107 and Wilderness continue to stock Amplid next year (here in Aus) - I'm thinking they might, given that E107 has sold pretty much all their Amplid decks from this season.

Interesting that in their new catalogue, they allude to gathering data across a wide range of riders, and the average boot length being an EU43 (which is me) - really adds fuel to the question as to why so many binding companies don't have EU43 sitting right in the middle of one of their sizes, rather than at the upper end for medium / lower end for large. (Admittedly this might be an old question - I'm doing okay on Burton and Nitro medium, Flux could be ever so slightly wider in the heel cup - not sure what other binding brands are like).
Apart of me does, but I also like the fact the boards are unique and not that readily available.
 

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Same - I'm hoping for a selfish compromise - only 1 or 2 stores stock them locally, enough decks in the right sizes, and no one buys them because they can't be bothered to research a new brand / everything is all about the main stream brands.

Mind you, if I experience what you did with your Surfari (on my Stereo), it wouldn't be unreasonable to get 2 decks at the same time, ask for some sort of discount etc from Amplid GMBH.

When you and your mate got your Safari / Creamer (iirc), did you get smashed by tax / customs?
Yeah we did, wasn't expecting it as I had the Yup imported and it was a simple process but the 2 Amplid boards went over the $1k mark and was a bit of a shit fight.
 

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BTW
I’ve noticed Amplid added the front and back insert width for the board specs. That’s nice but unfortunately they must have measured it right at the last holes towards the tips as my Penta 158 backfoot width is 270 mm (base) at the reference point, not 277 mm as stated.
Yeah, for how wide they say the Penta is, I have to ride it with some pretty steep angles to prevent boot out. I wish I could get into even smaller boots.
Asked the question, below is the response
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I'm 5'9", 155lbs with size 8.5 Burton Ion Step Ons. I own the following Amplid boards:

157 Surfari - My first Amplid and the one that completely blew me away. I will say that it's a bit stiff/long for me in the tight stuff, but if I'm riding variable snow, open terrain and/or carving I'll grab it over the next board hands down. That being said, it doesn't see use on groomer days anymore after I bought the Pentaquark.

156 Pentaquark - My favorite board of all time. Does what it does better than anything you've ever ridden and is much more forgiving than the amplid copy leads you to believe. I'm not surprised that AngrySnowboarder/BurtonAvenger just named it his favorite carving board. I also rode the newer 158 and it was a beast, this one is less stiff for my weight but I'd be happy on either of them. I just picked up a pair of Step On X bindings for it this year.

156 UNW8 - I need to spend more time on this one. It really does punish you if you let it, but it is a scalpel on the mountain. I may consider trading this one for a less stiff twin/directional twin all mountain ride, but not sure yet.

155 Stereo - My freestyle deck. I love the board but it's a bit stiff for what I need, if anyone has a 152 stereo that wants to swap me for I may do it. This board is more of an all mountain freestyle twin for me at my low weight, I think the 152 would be better for my use case.

157 Surf Shuttle Split - Great split and super happy with it. Purchased from The Splitboard Shop in Utah.
I hate you!

I wish I had that many Amplid's - only the Surfari and Dada here but I'd love to try so many more like the Penta, SG, MG - well just all of them really.

They are a great company to deal and interact with that's for sure, the only thing is I kinda liked it when they were a "best kept secret" type board/brand - you know that niche market where those that know just give you that little tip of the hat or nod
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It'll be fine on groomed stuff, but it feels like a waste unless you're there on a weekday with barely any crowds. I don't trust people riding in this area enough to ride a high power board anywhere close to its potential. Too many out of control idiots straight lining...
The surfari is good like that IMO as it's a board you can shift a gear down on and really have fun with if needed. Sure there's better boards for doing that but I really did enoy riding it still in a less agressive manner.
 

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For anyone else considering an amplid but gun shy about dealing with them directly, I picked up mine from snowcountry.eu They were easy to work with, website lays out how to deal with issues and it arrived in 3 business days after the order processed
Yeah I'm seeing their boards in a few retail outlets now and at much cheaper prices than what was listed direct from Amplid. It wa a struggle getting my board direct from Amplid also. I found them pretty easy to deal with just, the shipping was a nightmare. I remember seeing my board sitting in Taiwan I think it was for weeks waiting to get to Aus.
 

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Sad to hear this about the Amplid brand, for me their strong point was quality and customer service as that niche brand but maybe this is falling by the wayside as they expand their footprint commercially. Very sad to read.
 

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This has always been the same experience I've had dealing with Amplid, I've found PB and Gregor engaging and always helpful. My board took a while to get here to Aus but I also understood the difficulties around freight at the time.
 

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@Triple8Sol

Do you think those two boards are different enough to own both? Seems like there would be an incredible amount of overlap.
That was my biggest worry, not sure even I could justify owning both

How much do you weigh? I’d love to try either of these decks but I feel like my weight is too low (63kgs) to really get the full benefit out of them.
I was around 73 kgs when I rode the Surfari (157) last, I had no issues at all and never felt like I couldn't handle it but that's 10 kegs on you which is a bit. I'd imagine it would probably feel like a plank coming from your NP and it might take some of the enjoyment out of the deck.
 
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