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Amplid UNW8

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All-mountain Amplid UNW8 2017 snowboard test in Alpbach, Austria

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 156, 159, 163, 163W
Waist width (mm): 248, 250, 253, 267


Characteristics:

Terrain: 50% piste - 50% off-piste
Discipline: all-mountain
Snowboard level: advanced+ - experts
Stability: very good
Edge grip: very good
Character: carve, speed, float

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All-mountain snowboard Amplid UNW8 2018

 

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Steef's review: Expert all-mountain boarder

Expert level all-mountain boarder
Steef's rating of this snowboard:

5 stars


Considering his snowboarders profile:

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Reviewer Steef

"Enjoying the whole mountain needs a maximum of piste carving, float in powder and playfulness. And for some decent carving on piste with acceleration a condition is good edge grip and camber. I am prepared to work for it."

 SkillsLevel 12
 FitnessLevel 12
 SpeedLevel 13
 Length:180 cm
 Weight:72 kg

 


My favourite all-mountain snowboards:

 

1. Amplid UNW8
All-mountain snowboard Amplid UNW8 2017

 

2. Capita Black snowb. of Death
All-mountain snowboard Capita the Black snowboard of Death 2017

 

3. Rossignol XV Magtek
All-mountain snowboard Rossignol XV Magtek 2017

 

To all my reviews

 

A true one-quiver board


The Amplid UNW8 (tested at 163W) is a very light weight weapon for the experienced riders. Whether it is powder or groomers, this board can do all perfectly well in hands of a skilled rider. Although the UNW8 is very very light weighted, it is still very stiff. If you are not used to this kind of power monsters with this much pop, you have to be cautious, or the Amplid UNW8 kills you!

Light-weighted power snowboard

Light, stiff, sharp, pop, control, full speed, power turns, everything is perfect on the Amplid UNW8! Awesome board with so much energy in it! It will give you everything back you put in it and more. The UNW8 board is very light weighted and yet very powerful. The result is incredible control. So easy it changes direction, so much grip, so much control on high speed, this is definitely one of my favourites! With my boot size 9 it wasn't necessary to try the 163 wide version but I did, and it felt very good. Because of the extra width the board has a nice float in the powder. So if you are looking for a high end one quiver board this wide version of the Amplid UNW8 will definitely not disappoint you!

Amplid about the UNW8

"Beneath a suit of sophisticated artwork the UNW8 is concealing a ferocious character. Unrelenting edge-hold is a by-product of the UNW8’s full-length Pop Camber and V-Pop Stringers which focus rider inputs at its contact points and intensify its pop. Weight-reducing HEXO2 Technology and Amplid’s Lite Core, a featherweight core constructed from batons of hand selected low density Poplar, make the UNW8 feel connected and responsive underfoot and effortless in the air. This is a board which responds best to the aggressive and powerful riding styles of expert snowboarders.

New All-Terrain Tips, which conceal extra surface area and a smooth radius, boost the UNW8 floatation in soft snow conditions. Longer contact points, part of the UNW8’s innovative new geometry, lock onto firm snow in steep terrain and stabilize the board at hair-raising speeds.

Expect all the brutality of previous UNW8s with a touch of refinement."", says Amplid. Yes, I just totally agree.

Related snowboards

Nitro Pantera: also very stiff but not that light weighted and more piste orientated.
Capita the Black Snowboard of Death: similar.
Rossignol XV Magtek: similar but not that light weighted.

 

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All-mountain snowboard Amplid UNW8 2018

 

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Comments  

# rob 2017-10-08 14:58
Hallo Steef!,

How much stiffer is the UNW8 compared to the BSOD?

And how would you compare the BSOD against the Amplid Paradigma?

Thanks for your advice!
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# Steef 2017-10-16 15:31
Hi,

The UNW8 is to me a bit more sophisticated and the BSOD rougher. Both stiff.
I haven't tested the Paradigma.
Best regards,
Steef
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# Kaspar 2018-02-07 07:57
How does it do on very hard / icey snow?
Thanks!
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# Steef 2018-02-07 19:00
Edge grip is very good, of course you need sharp edges to profit from it. Besides that the UNW8 is stiff enough to put a lot of power in your turns.
BR,
Steef
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# Kaspar 2018-02-23 11:18
Thanks!

Making an on-piste (going fast, carving) / off-piste (powder, chunder, bumpy slopes) comparison to the Flagship - how would you say the two compare?
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# Steef 2018-02-24 17:13
Hi Kaspar,
For me the UNW8 is better on piste than the Flagship, stiffer and more agile. Off-piste it is the other way around, the Jones Flagship is more specific for powder as it floats easier. Both are awesome boards to ride anywhere on the mountain!

Hope this helps to make a choice.
BR,
Steef
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# Steef 2018-03-11 08:25
Hi Steef,

thanks and sort of. I might be overthinking things - basically I'm used to a hard directional camber board - the flagship is interesting because it would be nice to have some more float in powder, the unw8 is tempting because of all the rest. In essence what I meant is, whether one of the two boards is far better than the other at off vs. on-piste or if the differences in their relatives strengths are comparable.

Best
Kaspar

Hi Kaspar,

You are asking for something that is impossible to answer objectively. How much better is one board in its specific quality than another board in another specific quality?

The one quiver that is the best board everywhere doesn't exist. You might want to consider having two boards or make a choice. Both boards are excellent quality, and you'll get used to riding either one.

Good luck and have fun,
Steef
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