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Crank up the versatility.

Designed to fill the void between Black Diamond's hard-charging Zealot and powder-specific Megawatt Skis, the all-new Black Diamond AMPerage Ski is a slarvy big-mountain plank that truly knows no bounds. Featuring a generous amount of rocker in its tip and tail, a slightly cambered underfoot, and a playful core with plenty of pop, this nimble hybrid shines on big-mountain lines, through trees, and, of course, in powder.
  • Rockered tip and tail, wide underfoot, and hybrid shape allow you to surf the deep all morning, send a backcountry booter on your way to lunch, and finish up the day lapping your go-to in-bounds stash
  • Torsion box construction blends the powerful edgehold and durability of birch sidewalls with the weight savings and turnability of a capped top
  • Internal Wall Core Technology uses poplar with birch sidewalls for more pop and better edge hold
  • Formula One tech features three internal ribs to enhance torsional stiffness for greater performance on hard snow and improved turn initiation

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5 5

Light and Stylish

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I just picked up a pair of these for my wife, and she was stoked! I was impressed by how light they were (not the lightest out there, but not at all heavy) and the shred profile on these skis.
She hasn't tried them out on snow yet, but first impressions are good. Parts of the ski are cut out of the top sheet near the tip and tail to help reduce the weight, and the design of these skis is even cooler in person.
The 115mm waist and rockered tip and tail will make this a great powder ski, can't wait for the snow so she can try them out.

Comparison

Comparison

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Comparison between 174 k2 wayback 181 anti piste. And 185 amp

4 5

Solid

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Seems like a pretty solid ski. Haven't put them through the paces but seem nice. Look forward to the upcoming season.

5 5

Impressed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a pair of these for a late season deal last spring and was lucky enough to break them in with some late spring snow in CO and up in the Big Horns in Wyo! these were my 3rd pair of powder skiis and I have to say compared to my last few pairs these amperage were amazing. If you ski Co then you know how cruddy the snow can get here. These baby's make crud obsolete! The camber provided me with amazing float from anything from powder to icy, patchy, shite... That said, I use these for backcountry endeavors. The weight on these is not as light as say the verdict but it is a hell of a lot lighter than the megawatt. For me the best part of skiing is the climb and ascent to the top. These sticks climb like a dream. I have some 01 tele bindings mounted on these so for right now this setup is working well for me. I have no complaints about these skis whatsoever and would highly recommend them if your looking for a very universal ski that rides well on pretty much any surface.

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I'm 5'9 and 165 lbs and I found a great...

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I'm 5'9 and 165 lbs and I found a great deal on a pair of AMPerage 175's. I ski normal alpine now, but I want to get into AT soon, and thought maybe the AMP's would be good for both. I am an aggressive alpine skier, are the 175's going to be too small for me?

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Hi Forrest,
It comes down to personal preference, but I personally think the 175's would would be fine for you. Good length for touring and good for tight turns in the trees!

BD compare to K2

BD compare to K2

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This is a picture of a 174 Wayback, 181 Anti piste and a 185 BD Amperage with the tails lined up. As you can see, if people think K2s measure "long" BD would be the same

4 5

Measure True

I have not skiied these yet but I was comparing the length to my K2 skis. And they seem to measure similar to K2's...ie 185 is a straight line pull of 185.

Build looks solid and can't wait to mount them up.

Hey I was wondering how these what hold...

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Hey I was wondering how these what hold up in trees, cliffs and hardpack? I am an aggressive skier, 5'9" and 140lbs. Any opinions on what size and where I should mount them?

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I currently have a pair of 185's mounted with Large Dukes (for sale), they would be perfect for you.I find they are a little soft for me (190lbs), yet still really playful and great in a lot of conditions mostly softer snow! You would probably love them, new or used! Additionally they would probably ski better for you than the zealot, while an amazing ski the metal top sheet makes it pretty stiff. Take a look at Geartrade.com if interested.

 I currently have a pair of 185's mounted with Large Dukes (for sale), they would be perfect for you.I find they are a little soft for me (190lbs), yet still really playful and great in a lot of conditions mostly softer snow! You would probably love them, new or used! Additionally they would probably ski better for you than the zealot, while an amazing ski the metal top sheet makes it pretty stiff. Take a look at Geartrade.com if interested.

Whats the weight on these?

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Whats the weight on these?

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Hey Jonathan,

165cm weighs 4,110g, 175 weighs 4,309g and the 185 weighs 4,592g.

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my 185 cm Amperage are 4518 g a pair (no binding). Actual weight with a postal scale.
Great tele ski by the way. They are mounted with NTN Freedom bindings now. Mount is +1 cm forward

my 185 cm Amperage are 4518 g a pair (no binding). Actual weight with a postal scale. <br/> Great tele ski by the way. They are mounted with NTN Freedom bindings now. Mount is +1 cm forward

How would these do on a groomed trail?

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How would these do on a groomed trail?

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Being a skis with a rocker - camber - rocker profile, it will definitely get the job done on a groomed trail. Granted, this isnt designed to be frontside carver, but itll do fine on traverses and getting to the parking lot beer cooler.

Not sure about length with these. I'm 5'...

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Not sure about length with these. I'm 5' 8" 170#. Level II Skier on Tele. Usually like my skis in the mid 170's. Made a mistake last year and bought Sir Francis Bacons in 172. Mounted with 22Designs Axls. Too short. Thinking with any rockered ski I probably belong in the high 170s on Tele. 185 seems a bit long, while 175 would probably leave me with another too-short set-up. The rockered skis seem to have too small a sweet spot for me on Tele in my usual lengths so I should go a bit longer, tho 185 seems too big. Not a problem on Alpine. Probably most likely to use as a resort powder ski and for touring. Live out west in the less than blower country of SW Idaho. Any opinions on how short these ski? How big a sweet-spot? Thanks

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I am 5'8" 140lbs. and i recently bought the 185's. At first I was questioning it, but when I got them there were not that big. Hope this was of help.

I am from Idaho and have just moved to...

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I am from Idaho and have just moved to Colorado. I have been riding the a pair of ol' rossy scratches for as long as I can remember. I am getting into back country skiing and looking for a BIG upgrade. Would going to a pair of AMPerages be a good idea, or should I ease my way into the change with a different pair of skis? I have also been looking at Icelantic's Shaman ski... Thoughts on that?

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I'd go with the AMPs myself. The mid fat waist isn't going to be too much of a change from the small waist of older Scratches. Plus, with the early tapered shape of the tip and tail, youre going to have a easier time getting in and out of your turns than the Shamans IMO.

I am in the same boat as Ben. I am 5'10,...

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I am in the same boat as Ben. I am 5'10, 205lb, primarily an east coast tree skier and I am caught between these and the JJ's. I am afraid with my body type I will over power the JJ 185 and really don't feel like bumping up to the AK 195. However, I am receiving mixed reviews about the AMP's. I do not want an extremely soft ski and I am not a 100% confident with the cap construction for the east coast. Can anyone throw some knowledge my way? Being on the east coast I cannot demo, thanks!

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I think these skies are pretty stiff, but still very playful. Chatter is minimal at high speeds. I have skied these for about two seasons now and love them. I would recommend them to anyone. These preform wonderfully in powder and do surprisingly well on groomed. A smaller ski would preform better in moguls. Although if it is hard pack/ice these skies will want to go straight down rather than turn.

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These are a little softer than the JJ but have less tail rocker. The JJ may be a better option as they have a shorter turning radius and being an east coast skier myself, a larger turning radius won't do you much. Also you are still able to open up and go fast on the JJ. These are a really good ski to, great for touring if you plan on dabbing into the backcountry.

The Black Diamond Amperage or the Armada...

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The Black Diamond Amperage or the Armada JJ? I am an aggressive skier and like skiing cliffs, touring, and shredding powder.

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Ben - the JJ, this one is easy. When I saw the dimensions on the AMPerage for the first time I thought that maybe BD had finally made a ski that I would have fun on. I love the JJ. Both the JJ and the AMPerage are slashy, surfy fun shaped skis. The biggest differentiator is the tail - if you like to mach and/or huck your meat, the tail on the AMP is going to feel really soft for you and will both wash out and punish you if you ever land in the back seat. The soft tail is also a short tail. Wheelie city. I feel like the JJ is more balanced overall and doesn't suffer from the tail problems of the AMP. One man's opinion...

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Mark- Do you think that the BD Megawatt would be better for me than the Armada JJ or not? From what I have heard, due to BD cap construction, they loose their pop super fast.

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Ben - the Mega is a totally different ski. I haven't heard anyone say that it loses its pop, but it rides like a big mountain freeride ski, nothing like the tapered, rockered tip and tails of the JJ or AMP. I hate the Megawatts but lots of folks love them. Go check out the Blistergearreview.com writings on the Mega and the AMP - that should give you a great feel for the two skis.

5 5

New Favorite!

I've been searching long and hard for a replacement for my '09 Dynastar Legend Pro Rider. I think I've found it. This ski skis great in powder, yet busts through crud and handles surprisingly well on hard pack. It gets a bit dicey on ice, but manages well especially since its not made for those conditions. I'm impressed by how light they are with Diamir Fritschi Pro Freeride bindings. Skinning is a breeze and my hip flexors are thanking me. If there really is such a thing as a one ski quiver, this ski comes as close to the mark as any I have seen. Great job BD!

New Favorite!
5 5

Great ski

I now have about 15 days on my AMPs and love them. I am 145 lbs and 5'3" and am skiing the 175 as tele with 01s and midstiff springs. Of course they float like a champ but they carve groomers like a race ski and are surprisingly nimble in the bumps. They don't like choppy hard snow but otherwise are amazing. The biggest problem I've had is that they like to go fast and I end up freezing my ass off waiting for my buddies at the chair.

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Are you sure your last name is Goldstien because you sure sound like a Steve G..something that I know who just bought these skies. If so you better come back to Crested Butte and show me what you can do on them.

My AMPs are coming in the mail from SAC and I can't wait. I just hope the 185s are big enough for my 215lbs of terror

5 5

Killer fun powder sticks

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love these things in powder. They float well, fast, fun, bouncy, light. I have them on Dynafit Radical FT, they also tour very well. Don't care for them much on groomers or moguls, haven't hit other terrain. When I toured to work one day I continued to ride them as a patroller. I ended up pulling a tobaggon with a large person down moguls and was nervous but they did good. Lots of edge to stop and control but was way more difficult going edge to edge turning since they are so wide and parabolic.

I am 5'9" and 135 lbs, bought the 175 cm, I am happy with the decision yea a shorter ski is better in the tight trees but the extra length is great for fat landings and touring.

4 5

Black Diamond AMPs

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I tried some of these at a demo day at the local mountain, and they were super fun. I don't know how they would do in icy conditions, but in the mixed groomers and choppy pow that we had, they were great! I found them to be very stable and responsive, although they were kind of hard to tele turn. Probably they would just take some getting used to. I would recommend these only if you think you will be skiing mostly softish snow, because they did seem a little bit jittery on the hardpack. Overall, I think they are great skis!

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