Fly above the radar.
We all need a pair of sendin' sticks, and there aren't many better than the Amplid Infrablack Ski. A legend that took a five year hiatus to recharge its batteries before returning triumphantly last year, the Infrablack continues the better-than-ever reputation last year's reintroduction established with a smooth, floaty tip rocker, powerful flat tail, and a lightweight but seriously burly core. As the dimensions make clear, the Infrablack's a big-mountain pow ski made to shred deep AK lines and stomp BC pillows at high speeds, but a pow ski can't afford to be a dead, damp missile.
To avoid that, Amplid built the Infrablack on its Lite wood core complete with Hex02 windows, which pairs heavier wood at the tips with featherweight recycled paper honeycomb everywhere else for impressively low weight on a ski this burly. The burliness comes when Amplid wraps the core in its Full Carbon Jacket, lending big-send stiffness without weight. It also laid down a pre-stretched fiberglass laminate to give the ski torsional stiffness and stability that won't fade over the seasons.
You don't want to feel unstable or squirrely when you're punching big straightlines or airs, so Amplid designed the Infrablack with a stiff, flat tail that lets you finish turns and stomp cliffs without feeling like it might be the last thing you ever do. Roundtop sidewalls wrap the topsheet over the edge for increased durability and edging power, and the Infrablack's tapered Flotation tips reduce swing weight and increase nimbleness by removing excess material from the tip, which also creates a smoother flex and better turning in soft snow. Amplid also used its famed Jekyll & Hyde geometry to shape the ski, maximizing surface area and effective edge without making the Infrablack feel like a huge and unwieldy set of planks, and Amplid didn't forget a big ol' sidecut to keep it stable at face-melting speeds.
- Ski bucket list lines on boards built to handle the best
- Well-fed 126mm waist floats easily through deep pow
- Rockered tips and tails surf and slash quickly in the steeps
- Camber underfoot lends stability on-edge and on landings
- Carbon jacket for unbeatable torsional stiffness
- Light, lively wood core responds quickly when needed
- Deep sidecut won't bail on you at high speeds
- Item #AMP000F
- Q & A
Great skis - Mount is Important
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have last years version of this ski, and as far as I can tell only the graphic is different. About me - 155 pounds, very aggressive, down the line, directional style of skiing. I spend a lot of time in tight trees, and have the 183. I also try to pop off as much as I can.
First thing TELL THE SHOP WHERE YOU WANT THESE SKIS MOUNTED. There is not a traditional mount position, instead a small graphic on the ski gives a recommended range (60 to 100mm back from center). IF you don't say anything, the shop may mount them in the center, because that is where the only line on the topsheet is. I know this because it happened to me. If you want an idea, I got mine mounted 65mm back from center and I think it's perfect. Now about the ski -
I don't think this ski is as stiff as it is marketed to be. The tips are very soft, with things getting stiff under the boots, and then a medium flex in the tail. The tail rocker is also minimal. The flex profile translates into a ski that floats incredibly well, and is able to handle mixed snow conditions with ease. The tips get bashed around a bit in harder crud, but the rest of the ski muscles through it no problem. The tail is poppy, and can dish out a lot of energy back at you if you get in the backseat. This ski is not forgiving if you get rocked around, but it's easy to stay on top of.
The ski rules in powder, the steeper the better. It is unbelievable how much pressure you can put on the tongue of your boots and not dive. They carry so much speed in soft snow. They can also hold its own in tight trees, it is not the most nimble ski in the world due to it's size, but I have been impressed on how fast it whips around when I put some muscle into it. Even on soft groomers this ski performers way better than I would have expected. This is not a good ski for ice/hard groomers, but it isn't supposed to be.
Overall, this is an incredible ski. Phenomenal in soft snow, mixed soft snow, and good on soft groomers. Just be sure to have a detailed talk with the shop about where to mount them.