AMPLID POCKETKNIFE SNOWBOARD 2013/14 REVIEW
Amplid Snowboards is the brainchild of Austrian former pro Peter Bauer. Back in the 80s, Bauer was one of the earliest European adopters of the new sport of snowboarding, and went on to win the World Championship (which at the time consisted of slalom racing and halfpipe) in 1988. He started making his own boards under the Amplid label in 2005, and the brand has gone from strength to strength ever since.
The Pocketknife is a brand new board. It features an interesting new technology Amplid call “Jekyll & Hyde geometry”. They’ve extended the effective edge right out to the nose and tail, to bring almost the whole rail in contact with the snow. This has enabled Amplid’s engineers to take material off the tip and tail of the board to create that snub nose and tail shape, making it shorter, lighter and reducing the swing weight. Shorter, lighter boards are obviously great if you’re into riding rails, which is exactly what the Pocketknife is designed to do.
Amplid have further enhanced this new model’s jib credentials by adding their ‘Hybrid V’ profile. Refreshingly, in a world where everyone claims their profiles are unique and revolutionary, Amplid freely admit “we’re not the pioneers of this technology but we rode it and liked it so we designed our own version”. The soft flex of the board works in conjunction with these two technologies to give it a playful, jibby feel that really impressed our testers, who said it was “super easy to spin” and “perfect for out and out freestyle”. Of course if you’re looking to ride a lot of powder, a shorter board won’t help you at all, but if you want a pint-sized park slayer, the Pocketknife is it.
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