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Syntax Review - Exotic Skis

If you want to know how a ski performs when it's put through its paces, you need to send skis to Eric at Exotic Skis. Last February Amplid shipped Eric some Syntax for some "Ice Coast" testing. Below is the summary of Eric and the other tester's thoughts, if you want to read the whole review, visit

"The Syntax was surprisingly excellent as an all-mountain ski in the under-90mm waist category, more so than many other brands of freestyle skis.  The impressive ability of the Syntax to rip securely and energetically all over the mountain means Amplid has created a great freestyle ski you can use nearly anywhere on the frontside without having to sacrifice performance or fun-factor, and that's impressive.  Everyone was impressed with how tight the grip was in carving situations with the Syntax, even as the speeds approached GS-levels.  Normally a park/freestyle ski doesn't deliver the impressive full-carve abilities of the Syntax, preferring instead to provide some "bite-and-go" turn behaviors. The Amplid Syntax can not only float, pop and fly through freestyle terrain, but lay down serious carving tracks on the hardpack with surprising stability. As you might expect, the Syntax is not the ideal tool for surfing through fresh powder or crud-busting windpacked chop in the trees or in open terrain because of its forward mount and relatively low floatation factor front and rear with minimal shaping, but then again, it's billed as a park and freestyle ride."

Rating (with comments):
(1="get me off these things"->10="I have to own a pair")

9 for bumps & park terrain
8+ for packed powder groomers
6+ for variable snow conditions
7-8 for boilerplate hardpack (speed limit above GS velocities)
5 for powder