Amplid Kodama 2023/24
The Kodama packs a hell of a lot of surface area into its one-hundred-and-fifty-six centimeters, and if you translate its name from Japanese you’ll quickly find out what kind of rider it’s built for: “The Spirit Living in the Forest”. With most of the surface area shifted towards the nose, it’s made for cork-like float while a stubby tail enables quick turns while out surfing the woods. The all black base makes core-shot surgery even easier. Transitions just got faster, too: new for ALL our Splitboards in 23-24 are holes at the tip and tail to make mounting skins easier. Self-propelled low-vis stormchasing just got even funner.
Size tested: 156cm
The winner of the ALL-ROUND SURF SHAPE award this season, the Kodama, is Amplid ‘s main new release for this season’ splitboard catalog. Available in a single 156cm length, the Kodama’s swallow tail shape, the low camber profile with early rise, plus a fat 268mm waist width, result in one of the most amazing feelings of floating on powder we’ve ever experienced. With most of its surface layed towards the nose, and the swallow tail, the Kodama’s designed is aimed to be as agile as possible, offering the maximum float. Peter Bauer’s current favorite board to ride tree lines on powder, as the legendary German rider himself told us, but we’d like to add that on steeps, open-fields o sneaking through the trees in your favorite forest, the Kodama is the splitboard you need to ride all sorts of terrain on deep powder days. Given the board’s shape and waist width, it feels surprisingly agile and fun to ride, way more adaptable than we expected just by looking at it. At Splitboard Magazine we absolutely love powder specific shapes that perform well all-round the mountain, which is the Kodama’s case, one of the best options available this season if you are looking to increase your quiver with a different shaped board that provides the maximun floatability and still feels swift and fun to ride.
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