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Get all-mountain AMPed.
The Black Diamond AMPerage Ski, their second-widest big mountain ski next to the Megawatt, is a powder ski with all-mountain versatility. It's got fat dimensions, rockered tip and tail, and a large turn radius for float, stability, and speed. Traditional camber underfoot and sandwich/sidewall construction give it pop and carving power. That lively poplar wood core also smooths out hyperspeed rides. Suddenly, landings are silkier than ever, ollies come fast and natural, and deep, high-speed drift-turns feel like a high-five with an old friend. Edging across an exposed chute to access pow? With camber and sidewalls, no problem. Staring down a bottomless bowl of Sierra cement? Rockered tip and plenty of girth at your service.
- Rockered tip and tail
- Traditional camber underfoot
- Formula One 3D and ABS sidewalls
- Poplar 3D CNC wood core with pre-preg composite construction
- 115mm waist width
- Large turn radius sidecut
- Power Edge edges
- P-Tex 4000 base
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Santa rides this ski...
...if it's good enough for Santa, it's good enough for you!
Fellow Backcountry.com employee Chris S. taking some turns down a classic line at Snowbird called Pipeline.
Conditions were...ahhh....not so great, but these skis could handle.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Have enough days on these that I'll finally write up a review. I've had these out mostly in powder here in Colorado.
First things first, these babies rip. You name it they do it, powder, chop, mank, jumps, you get the picture. BD finally heard the voice of skiers and started to stiffen up their skis and the new AMP is an amazing big mountain ripper. With camber under foot they'll make it back to the base without issues and they are just a dream in powder. These have a lot of pop in them and are fun as can be when you put some air under them. Super easy to turn in trees when you need it but they also like to rip big open turns. I like the design of skis like this, ie camber with early rise tip and tail vs say a full rocker. I believe BD hit the nail on the head with the AMPerage.
I got the 185 and I'm 5'10" 170, perfect length for me. Overall I'm very pleased with these bad boys. I'd recommend.
Great for the hard charging skier.
This makes other skis feel like your bringing chopsticks to a gunfight. They are super playful in the powder and still charge on the hardpack. The only draw back is that they have a softer tail. If you stomp every jump then your fine, but you have got to be a little hesitant if you land in the backseat. But overall, a great ski.
So looking for a ski to add to the quiver...
So looking for a ski to add to the quiver around the 112-115mm underfoot. Amps look good but my question is how damp are they? And how hard can they charge through chop and undesirable stuff occasionally? Also looking at the Armada JJ.
Skis I have are BD Revert for ski mountaineering, Moment Night Trains for powder and Ski Logik Ullr Chariots for regular resort days.
These skis are unbelievable. They have so much float and take on any type of surface with ease( and I have never had a problem slicing through any mixed crud) which is exactly what we get in CO. With a little aft movement and you float down powder with ease and the turning radius is not bad at all. I think the Rossignol S7 has a tighter turn radius, but the S7 and Amperage really have the same amount of chatter on the tips down the groomers. If your looking for an all mountain ski then I think this is really going to be a great ski for you. It does so well on all surfaces and that is what brought me to the Amp. I think it really performs in powder, but I can't tell you much about the Armada JJ because I have not used any and only have 2nd hand info which is not bad either. From personal experience I feel really confident riding anywhere with these. Hope that helps.
This is a fantastic ski, and handles all soft snow conditions with ease. Great float, no trouble skiing through the chop, will get you through trap crust and mashed potatoes just fine.
I haven't found it to be incredibly damp, but more than damp enough for my skiing style. If you're the type who likes to straight-line everything though, this might not be the ski for you.
As for hardpack performance, these are more than capable, and still fun, but definitely not a "charger" in harder conditions- the rockered and tapered tips don't lock in well on hardpack. But they perform just fine for moderate hardpack skiing.
Testing The AMPerage At Jackson Hole
PC: David Stubbs