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Armada

ARVti

Armada

2015

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rating3.23

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.91 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.77 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.36 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.54 / 5
Overall: 
3.23 / 5
Flotation: 
3.22 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH97, 98, 99mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST131-97121; 133-98-12

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS168, 178, 188

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RATING: 3.23 / 5

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Armada, the giant among indie brands, has never had trouble selling skis. But until this year, it had a hard time earning tester respect. The ARV finally pops through into the medal count. Testers were split, though. Some still wanted more edginess. oth- ers were wholly enthusiastic, admiring it for agility, energy, and an easygoing forgiveness that's never nervous or over- edgy. Luby: "Fun, swoopy carves. Great in the trees. Pretty capable in crud."

JJ 2.0

Armada

2015

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rating2.75

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.42 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
1.47 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.52 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.12 / 5
Overall: 
2.75 / 5
Flotation: 
3.76 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH116mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST130,116,126

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS165, 175, 185, 195

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RATING: 2.75 / 5

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Armada updated the JJ (hence the JJ 2.0) with a longer turning radius (16 m at 175 cm) and a bit wider waist. Armada also pushed the widest point on the ski closer to the tip and tail to give the ski more contact with the snow for better hard-snow performance while retaining its powder-specific float and smearability. Armada uses its Hybrid Ultralight (poplar and ash combo) core in the JJ 2.0 to keep weight down, and uses its AR50 hybrid construction. The construction uses cap construction in the tip and tail for lighter weight and increased durability, while using sandwich construction through the middle of the ski for increased performance and edge hold. And with rocker in the tip and tail, but camber underfoot, Armada designed the JJ 2.0 to slay pow like the best of â

Alpha X

Armada

2015

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rating0.96

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
0.77 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
0.64 / 5
Crud Performance: 
1.19 / 5
Forgiveness: 
1.59 / 5
Overall: 
0.96 / 5
Flotation: 
2.04 / 5

YEAR2014/2015

WAIST WIDTH92, 93, 94, 95mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST107-92-99108-93-100;

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS164, 170, 176, 182

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RATING: 0.96 / 5

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With an all-mountain, versatile 95-mm waist, the Alpha X is designed to stomp park hits, carve on groomed, and surf through soft stuff. Subtle rocker on tip and tail allows a catch-free feel for buttering nose and tail presses, while camber underfoot enhances carving. A Triple Zone Core contains three high-density wood stringers, which are reinforced by fiberglass for lightweight torsional rigidity. Cap constructions in the tip and tail makes for light swing weight and easier spinning, while carbon and Kevlar stringers in the tail add pop and durability. "Twist, pivot and skid is what this ski is all about. A great park ski no matter what coast you are on. on a soft spring day in the bumps this ski could shine," said Mike Rogan.

JJ & AK JJ

Armada

2014

rating2.79

price$900

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.38 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
1.46 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.03 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.28 / 5
Overall: 
2.79 / 5
Flotation: 
3.80 / 5

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH123mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST126-115-123

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS165, 175, 185, 195

MSRP: $900.00
RATING: 2.79 / 5

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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.

ARW

Armada

2014

price$650

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH107mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST117-84-107

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS161, 166

MSRP: $650.00

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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.

ARVw

Armada

2014

rating2.81

price$800

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.98 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.59 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.85 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.01 / 5
Overall: 
2.81 / 5
Flotation: 
2.99 / 5

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH121mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST131-97-121

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS168

MSRP: $800.00
RATING: 2.81 / 5

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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.

Tryst

Armada

2014

price$850

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH104mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST117-77-104

LEVELBeginner

LENGTHS164, 171

MSRP: $850.00

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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.

Cantika

Armada

2014

price$525

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH109mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST119-83-109

LEVELBeginner

LENGTHS150, 157, 164

MSRP: $525.00

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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.

VJJ

Armada

2014

rating2.32

price$900

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
1.96 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
1.56 / 5
Crud Performance: 
1.80 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.74 / 5
Overall: 
2.32 / 5
Flotation: 
3.25 / 5

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH123mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST126-115-123

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS165, 175

MSRP: $900.00
RATING: 2.32 / 5

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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.

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