Last February at ISPO Jeremy Jones announced the Ultracraft, a splitboard so light that it skimmed at least half a kilogram off its closest rival. Saving weight is even more important to splitboarders than it is to standard snowboarders because as splitboarding folk law goes, one gram on your feet is the equivalent of three on your back. So mr Jones must be feeling a little miffed that Amplid has released a splitboard a whole 200 grams lighter before the Ultracraft even hit the shop racks. The Amplid LAB Carbon split weighs in at an incredible 2.3kg!
Here’s the press release from the team at Amplid:-
Weighing just 2.3kg, the Amplid LAB Carbon Split is the lightest splitboard on Planet Earth. Designed by company founder and owner Peter Bauer as the first release of the hyper-limited LAB series, the Carbon Split uses the most innovative technologies available to shave-off unnecessary weight. Peter, who is no stranger to designing lightweight, high performance snowboards said:
“Experimenting is always exciting; you can’t really predict the outcome. We really didn’t expect to reach such a new weight-benchmark. Cutting weight is easy, losing grams and keeping durability is really tough. Our R&D team feels like alchemists who have discovered the perfect splitboard formula - awesome!!!”
Combining pioneering weight saving materials including a Birch, Balsa and Paulownia wood core and aerospace grade low viscosity epoxy with topsheet free construction has enabled Amplid to skim 200 grams off the previous title holder. The raw, stealth aesthetics of uncovered carbon fiber adds Batmobile looks to blistering performance.
The LAB Carbon Split’s S-Rocker camber-line and conservative freeride geometry make this a splitboard capable of riding and skinning on all terrain and snow conditions. It is the perfect companion for long tours where conserving energy and power for epic descents is important.
For the 2013/14 winter season, production is limited to just 25 splitboards worldwide. The LAB Carbon Split is available from select retailers and http://www.amplid.com .
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