Amperage

Black Diamond Amperage

Brand
Black Diamond
Model
Amperage
Category
Freeride
Weight
1982 gr
Waist
114.9 mm
Tested length
175 cm
Year
2014

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

3
3
3
3
4
Fri Flyt overall rating of Black Diamond Amperage:

6 / 10

Flotation:
6 / 10
Turning capabilities:
7 / 10
Stability at speed:
6 / 10
Technical info:
Amperage is among the slimmer models in this test. The test skis are also the shortest in this category. Black Diamond has opened a new factory in China, and the skis have a new side wall construction. Amperage has a long setback in relation to the turning radius, which gives a big width difference between the front and back ski. Otherwise, it has a lot of taper and soft flex all the way. The weight is relatively low, but not notably so considering the fact that it is short and soft.

On snow:
We tested a very short version of the Amp. 177 centimeters will not satisfy a skier with an appetite. We conclude: Short, but smooth toy. It is a good and harmonic ski, which is easy to handle. A longer pair might be a good all-round ski. It may resemble a downscaled Megawatt at first glance, but after some testing we discovered that it´s not. It is more of a traditionally built ski, not that extreme. Moreover, the skis are simply too short compared to the other skis in the test, and they lack float and stability.


Amperage

Technical data:

Measured length
177 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 33334
Brand
Black Diamond
Model
Amperage
Produced
China
Available lengths
165, 185, 195
Contact length
105 cm
Rocker tail
32 cm
Rocker nose
40 cm
Side cut
105 cm
Taper tail
34 cm
Taper tip
38 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
11 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
8 cm
Max tail width
122.9 mm
Min waist width
114.9 mm
Max nose width
140.7 mm
Side cut radius
21 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
17.8 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2100 cm2
Weight
1982 gr
Relative weight
0.94 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
38 mm
Hight nose tip
63 mm
Angle tail tip
16°
Angle nose tip
25°
Height of camber
7 mm

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.