Expert level freerider
Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
"Easy float, let me hike, surf and play any terrain. I don't like a powder board to be too flexible, because I want to lay some trenches on the groomers too. When the snow starts falling in the evening, I get happily nervous for the next day."
My favourite freeride snowboards:
1. Jones Carbon Flagship
2. Nitro Mountain
3. Jones Flagship
To all my reviews
Specific playful powder board
The Pillow Talk is a specialized board for powder. And there this Amplid snowboard shows its' qualities. Great damping and surfing in the off-piste terrain. The Pillow Talk gives me the feeling of a freestyle board but then specific for powder snow. It means that you don't want to ride it at Mach 3, but keep an eye out for the nice deep patches, for the natural bumps that give you the sweet jumps, and for the forest trails. Once on a board like the Amplid Pillow Talk, I can enjoy other things on the mountain than speed and carve. Nice, the Pillow Talk gets 4 stars from me.
While the Pillow Talk excels off-piste, it is to me only sufficient on piste to get down to a lift. Main reason is the width of the board. Amplid makes it one size and that is with a 267 waist. It makes the Pillow Talk hard and not comfortable to get on the edges. Plus the lack of camber doesn't make it pleasant for on groomers for me. That all fits the total picture of the board though: specifically made for powder. The whole surface of the board provides enormous floatation. Even at a length of 156 cm. That quite short length brings you the freestyle part of the board in powder snow. There it is easy to maneuver, short turns, float, jump, next turn. Very specific, I like it, but keep in mind that for most boarders only fresh powder is not always available. This could be your second board though to take out when the powder calls.
Amplid about the Pillow Talk
"Spread butter on every pillow, log jib and powder-laden transition with the Pillow Talk’s oversize spatulas, or just cruise in knee deep powder and make the most of its auto-float personality.
The Pillow Talk is a pioneer in the twin-shaped powder board genre, this super wide deck with its exaggerated Jekyll and Hyde Geometry fuses freestyle playfulness with astonishing deep snow floatation. Long, low rising Powder Tips with inflated surface area will keep you afloat, gliding across the surface of the lightest, deepest snow of your life, so that you can concentrate on finding the next hit to get airborne from. Riding switch in fresh snow is never easy, but the Pillow Talk’s symmetrical Mid-Riser Rocker and almost-twin shaping offers the best odds for sticking switch powder landings.", says Amplid.
Nitro Slash: forgiving freeride board, powder focus with big rocker tip.
Lib Tech Skunk Ape: wide playful powder board as well.
K2 Raygun: nice for intermediate powder rider.