Amplid Surf Shuttle
Since splitboard development has reached the end of the road in terms of weight optimization, Peter, founder of Amplid, wanted to know if it is possible to further reduce the weight of his splitboards during the ascent. Because we all dislike heavy snow, which sticks sometimes more or less on our skis during the ascent. Especially not when it resists repeated scraping. So Peter Bauer developed the Stratospheric Topsheet. This is supposed to reflect incoming heat radiation better from the board, therefore causing a cooler surface on which the snow no longer sticks.
Ascent: The Surf Shuttle resembles the Millisurf like two peas in a pod. The basic weight is a little bit higher than the Millisurf, but the Surf Shuttle also moves in the lighter area of the splitboards. Due to its shape it has very good float and climbs excellently, even if the shape is more powder oriented. Even with the very hard 35 degree inclination we felt safe without crampons. There is a noticeable difference to last year's Tour Operator. The new Stratospheric Topsheet, which according to Amplid should prevent large amounts of snow from sticking to the board halves, has not yet been tested due to the pandemic. We will make a more detailed comparison as soon as possible.
Descent: I can say that the Surf Shuttle will work in powder, even if we could only test it in up to 20cm of drift snow. This is due to the shape and I don't think we need to say much more about this. More interesting is the performance of the powdershapes in hard and rough conditions. Here I dare to say the Surf Shuttle does everything that is expected and this very well. The Surf Shuttle from Amplid is a splitboard with which I would go on very ambitious tours and I would fully trust it. Generally the Surf Shuttle feels quite surfy, but still stable if you want it to be and if you press the edge properly into the snow. The flex is a bit softer than the Millisurf but still considered as hard. Concerning the POP we could not quite agree. Compared to the Millisurf it has less, but still enough to be rated very lively.
|Overall length (mm)||1570||1610|
|Nose length (mm)||295||295|
|Running length (mm)||1120||1160|
|Tail length (mm)||155||155|
|Waist width (mm)||260||264|
|Nose width (mm)||308||313|
|Tail width (mm)||292||297|
|Sidecut depth (mm)||20||20.5|
|Sidecut radius (m)||8||8.4|
|stance position||10 back||10 back|
|Nose radius (mm)||800||800|
|Tail radius (mm)||800||800|
|Ref stance (cm)||56 (52-60)||58 (54-62)|
|Approx weight +/-6% (kg)||3.4-3.5||3.5-3.6|
|Rider weight-range (kg)||62-84||72-94|
|Active surface area (cm2)||4230||4410|
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Basalt Suspension Strips
Running along the topsheet in a V-configuration from the contact points towards the bindings, these narrow bands of basalt fabric dampen unwanted vibrations, reducing rider fatigue and keeping you edge engaged with the snow for improved control. Get the Rolls Royce feeling!
Heavy snow, which is sometimes more or less on the skis during the ascent, we all don't like. Especially not when it stubbornly resists repeated scraping. The Stratospheric Topsheet is supposed to reflect incoming heat radiation better from the board, which makes for a cooler surface on which the snow doesn't stick as quickly.
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All Terrain Tips
A smooth kick radius and fuller tip outline improves deep snow floatation without adding swing weight.
Amplid lightly rounds the edges at the tip and tail, outside of the effective edge. Blunting these edges reduces chipping to the topsheet during skinning.
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Bolted Tip Clips
Using threaded bolts instead of rivets allows broken tip clips to be easily replaced, on the hill, without the need for a workshop full of tools.
Pre-Cured Impact Plates
Tough, pre-cured composite impact plates placed beneath bindings and touring hardware significantly reduce the risk of topsheet dings and breakages.
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Knuckle Sandwich Construction
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