Amplid Paradigma 2020-2021 Snowboard Review

  • Price: €590
  • Category: All-Mountain
  • Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Size: 156, 159, 163
  • Flex: 7/10
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Profile: Camber
  • Base: Sintered

Bookended by Amplid’s Centrifugal and Future Shapes snowboard collections, the Playful All-Mountain series looks almost vanilla by comparison. Then again, Amplid don’t exactly do things by half. The Paradigma is their premium offering and self-proclaimed ‘Swiss Knife’ for riders seeking a one snowboard solution that’s designed not just to handle all types of terrain, but excel in them.

As a snowboard designed for more experienced all-mountain shredders, most of the tech on offer here works best under increased speed and forces. There’s a positive camber running for the full length of the Paradigma. Although less aggressive than the likes of the Pentaquark, the central carbon band running from tip to tail amplifies the overall pop and snap of the core.

“Split your time between piste park and pow and the Paradigma will give you it’s full and undivided attention on every turn, slash and spin”

A sintered base keeps the Paradigma gliding well long after its last wax. Even with it’s more mellow flexing bi-ax glass laminates, there’s plenty of tech to keep high-speed chatter reduced to a minimum. Basalt stringers run from the contact points towards the centre of the inserts in a ‘V’ formation, while Visco Damp tech features a TPU that’s been CNC’d into the core between the laminates. This drastically absorbs energy and vibrations when under force, helping to keep the edge engaged and the response super high.

While the Omni Core isn’t the lightest on the market – not even the lightest in Amplid’s range – it’s hard to fault the durability and consistency in flex that comes from a full poplar wood core. The Paradigma lets the rest of the construction bring the character and performance. Riders can rest assured that the Paradigma’s built on solid foundations that will retain plenty of energy well into its lifetime.

It’s not uncommon to see even the more popular boards in a brand’s line eventually put out to pasture and replaced with a flashier model, but the Paradigma shows no signs of going anywhere. It’s been in Amplid’s roster for fifteen years now – since day one, in fact – but continues to evolve to meet the demands of the modern-day all-mountain shredder. Split your time between piste, park and pow and the Paradigma will give you it’s full and undivided attention on every turn, slash and spin.

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