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Armada

Arguably Armada's signature ski, the JJ is intended as a versatile powder tool. It uses Armada's EST Freeride Rocker, a blend of tip-and-tail rocker and positive camber, for maximum float without major sacrifices to hard-snow performance, and a measure of bi-directional skiability. The aggressive tip-and-tail taper and a tight turn radius improve maneuverability and smeariness in deeper snow but limit the effective edge when in a full carve. Lengths range from 165 to 195 cm. Waist widths range from 115 to 120 mm.

PRICE (MSRP): $900.00
PRICE (MAP): $675.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$900.00
MAP$675.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths165, 175, 185, 195
Tip/Waist/Tail126-115-123
Rating: Stability at Speed2.38 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.00 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip1.46 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.03 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.28 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.80 / 5
Rating: Overall2.79 / 5

Armada bills the ARW as "the most core women's park ski on the market." In it, fiberglass laminates, carbon-Kevlar stringers, and a thicker 2.5-mm edge surround a sturdy core. Positive camber increases the ski's stability for carving off the lip of a jump. It's intended to stand up to all the abuse of dedicated park skiing.

PRICE (MSRP): $650.00
PRICE (MAP): $500.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$650.00
MAP$500.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths161, 166
Tip/Waist/Tail117-84-107

Like the ARVti, the ARVw is intended to be a more traditional all-mountain, do-everything ski. It uses the same construction - AR50 Sidewalls (sidewall-cap construction), fiberglass laminates, carbon-Kevlar stringers, and tip rocker - as the men's version with the exception of the metal laminates. The ARVw is metal free making it more forgiving for a female rider, but it's still designed to be a hard-snow-charging ride with plenty of float for most powder days.

PRICE (MSRP): $800.00
PRICE (MAP): $600.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$800.00
MAP$600.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths168
Tip/Waist/Tail131-97-121
Rating: Stability at Speed2.98 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.61 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.59 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.85 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.01 / 5
Rating: Flotation2.99 / 5
Rating: Overall2.81 / 5

Like the men's Triumph, the Tryst is designed for the frontside. It's Armada's most groomer-oriented ski. With a narrow 78-mm waist, full camber, metal, fiberglass, and carbon-Kevlar laminates, and Armada's AR50 Sidewall construction (a blend between cap and sidewall construction), the Tryst is built like a GS ski and meant for fast turns on flat snow.

PRICE (MSRP): $850.00
PRICE (MAP): $650.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
MSRP$850.00
MAP$650.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths164, 171
Tip/Waist/Tail117-77-104

Like the men's El Rey, the Cantika is intended to be a more price-point oriented, all-mountain twintip and park ski. It's built with cap construction and a lightweight core. Thicker edges will be able to take more abuse from park features, while a generous waist (78 to 83 mm, length dependent) and full camber will provide both the hardpack performance and off-piste versatility demanded of today's all-mountain skis.

PRICE (MSRP): $525.00
PRICE (MAP): $400.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
MSRP$525.00
MAP$400.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths150, 157, 164
Tip/Waist/Tail119-83-109

Based on Armada's highly lauded JJ, the VJJ is designed as a powder ski with versatile qualities for everyday riding. A girthy 115-mm waist, aggressive rocker, and taper improve floatation in deep snow, improve maneuverability, and give the ski a smeary feel, while camber underfoot will provide a measure of hardpack performance. Many of the same technologies in the men's JJ are found in the VJJ including the AR50 Sidewall (a blended sidewal-cap construction), the Hybrid UltraLight Core, and a top-of-the-line Comp Series Base.

PRICE (MSRP): $900.00
PRICE (MAP): $675.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$900.00
MAP$675.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths165, 175
Tip/Waist/Tail126-115-123
Rating: Stability at Speed1.96 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.93 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip1.56 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance1.80 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.74 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.25 / 5
Rating: Overall2.32 / 5

Like the men's version, the TSTw is intended to be a modern all-mountain twin-tip. Its pronounced tip rocker and taper, and 100-mm waist will make it plenty floaty and maneuverable, but the stiffer, unrockered tail will help finish a turn on hardpack. Many of the same technologies in the men's TST are found in the TSTw including the AR50 Sidewall (a blended sidewal-cap construction), the Hybrid UltraLight Core, and a top-of-the-line Comp Series Base.

PRICE (MSRP): $850.00
PRICE (MAP): $650.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$850.00
MAP$650.00
GenderFemale
BindingFlat
Lengths156, 165, 174
Tip/Waist/Tail117-100-121
Rating: Stability at Speed2.36 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.14 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.04 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.94 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.43 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.51 / 5
Rating: Overall2.85 / 5

The El Rey is Armada's more price-point park ski. It uses a lightweight cap construction and Armada's lightest core. However, it's still built with thicker, more durable edges for rails and jibs, positive camber, fiberglass laminates, and carbon stringers for extra pop and strength. It also has a stiffer flex than most of Armada's other park skis to help improve its hard-snow and all-mountain performance.

PRICE (MSRP): $525.00
PRICE (MAP): $400.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
MSRP$525.00
MAP$400.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths157, 164, 171, 178, 185
Tip/Waist/Tail123-87-113

The AR7 is Armada's original park ski. It's designed for durability and performance. This season, Armada refined the flex of AR7 to better accommodate more all-mountain conditions. A fully cambered ski, the AR7 is built with fiberglass laminates and carbon-Kevlar stringers for increased strength and pop. The thicker 2.5-mm Impact Edge can take abuse from rails and jibs. A versatile waist width (ranging from 83 to 87 mm depending on length) will help it excel outside the park.

PRICE (MSRP): $650.00
PRICE (MAP): $500.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$650.00
MAP$500.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths161, 166, 171, 176, 181
Tip/Waist/Tail119-86-109
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