- Sizes: 158
- Flex: 9
- Profile: Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: €840
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Why we chose the Amplid Pentaquark Snowboard: Life on the edge doesn’t come faster, smoother and downright bonkers than this.
Amplid founder, Peter Bauer, described his fifteen-year career in snowboard design as the pursuit of the equilibrium between the creative, right side of the brain, and the mathematical left side. In the case of the Pentaquark, it might be the closest he’s come to finding it yet. This is a carving man’s carving board: power; performance; precision; perfection.
The Pentaquark sits among a series of three boards in what Amplid call their ‘Centrifugal Collection’. Everything about it screams high-speed, high-angle riding on the line. It features a fully positive camber and reinforced with carbon stringers in the tail. While it won’t be a forgiving or intuitive ride for many snowboarders – and essentially comes with a ‘minimum entry requirement’ – for those who’ve been honing the craft of turning for years, even decades, this is your ticket into the big leagues.
“For those who’ve been honing the craft of turning for years, even decades, this is your ticket into the big leagues”
With a Sintered 7 HD Base, speed may not just be your best friend on the mountain, but your only friend. Beating the Pentaquark down the hill with anything short of a teleporter will be a tall order. Prepare to spend some lonely minutes in the lift queue, wondering where your mates went.
A board built for these kinds of speeds is more than likely to encounter its fair share of chatter and vibration. ‘Hexo2’ replaces the wood in the nose and tail with a recycled paper honeycomb structure, to reduce the overall swing weight and dampen the overall ride.