Other than cosmetics the Amplid Morning Glory and Morning Glory Splitboard are unchanged for winter 2016 / 2017. I’m a big fan of this deck – it’s such a blast to ride in pow and on hard pack.
The secret behind the Morning Glory lies in how the board’s shape, flex and profile interact with each other. Before I strapped into the MG for the first time I was kinda expecting there to be too much board for me. I’m 170cm tall, weigh 75kg and have size 8 (EU 42) feet. At 163, it’s a little longer than I would normally ride and the waist width of 260cm is wider than I would normally need. The MG isn’t one of the new breed of super short pow decks that need a ton of width to float, nor is it a slightly downsized Burton Fish type deck. I was worried it was going to feel like a I had a tanker strapped to my feet.
I needn’t have worried. As explained in my full review of the Morning Glory, the board’s absolute length is kinda irrelevant – other than the fact that increases surface area and therefore float. The board’s running length determines that it still feels nimble and easy to turn in tight spots and the back foot camber makes hard pack carving really fun. It also provides a little extra confidence in sketchy situations. Up front the nose has a long and smooth early rise and the elliptical shape provides friction free float, flow and stability in powder.
The sidecut is placed directly under the set back stance so it feels balanced in the turn. The MG’s tail isn’t as short as you find some dedicated pow boards. This helps to make it feel more like a ‘regular’ deck, but it does have that extra cut away section to aid float. Amplid call the overall shape and profile concept Jekyll and Hyde geometry. It’s a great way of making sure the board floats in the deep yet also turns in the trees and on hard pack.
I haven’t ridden the split version of the Morning Glory yet but I can imagine it probably rocks. It’s super important for a split to be able to handle all types of snow, including shitty crud and re-frozen mank. Sometimes pure powder oriented shapes sacrifice stability and power in nasty conditions but I suspect that won’t be the case with the Morning Glory Splitboard. As you’d expect from an Amplid board, it’s also very light weight and once into rolling natural terrain coated in pow, the flow and speed the Morning Glory brings will make for an awesome ride.