It’s been ten years since former Burton R&D man Peter Bauer set up Amplid snowboards. In that time he’s been applying his considerable knowledge into crafting a varied line of high-quality sticks, with no concept off limits. Amongst the new additions for 2014/15 are the Carbon Pocketknife (the “world’s lightest snowboard” at a mere 1.8kg) and this, the Amplid Pillow Talk. While influenced by the Morning Glory, a directional pow charger that made its debut last season, this one is aimed more at the backcountry freestyler that doesn’t want to be restricted to their normal stance.
Naturally it’s got a twin shape, albeit tapered with a slightly bigger nose. It also has a seriously wide waist, which increases the overall surface area and gives the Pillow Talk the same float in powder that you’d find on a much longer board. It’s only available in one size for now, but it’s one that will suit the vast majority or riders. Plus the ‘Mid-riser’ profile (rocker with a flat section in the middle) makes it highly manoeuvrable in the deeper snow, and will compensate for the slower edge-to-edge transition time that you tend to get with wider boards.
“The playfulness of the Amplid Pillow Talk is instantly apparent; it couldn’t be easier to press, and it floats effortlessly in the soft stuff thanks to the profile and wide waist. That 26.7cm width was great for the powder but with my UK 6.5 feet I found it made the board less stable on the groomers. However, this wasn’t an issue for riders with size UK 9 and above, and piste isn’t what this board is about anyway; like you, it wants to be in the powder whenever possible.” – Adam Hoskins