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Tanner Hall's pro-model park ski is built with a traditional camber profile and a flex pattern that softens as you get to the tip and tail. This will help it be stable and predictable as you carve off jumps and hit rails yet still buttery for presses. The THall uses all of Armada's top-of-the-line technologies for durable park skis including, thicker edges, a faster base, Armada's strongest core structure, and three types of laminates: fiberglass, carbon, and Kevlar. At just under 90 mm underfoot, it will be best suited in the park or used as a park-inspired, all-mountain twin out East.

PRICE (MSRP): $675.00
PRICE (MAP): $525.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$675.00
MAP$525.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths166, 171, 176, 181
Tip/Waist/Tail119-86-109

Armada introduced the new ARVti to compete in a popular segment of the American market: 98-mm, all-mountain skis with metal laminates. The ARVti, is designed to be a one-ski quiver with tip rocker, two layers of Titanal for dampening, and a waist width that's at home in almost all conditions. It's also built with fiberglass, carbon, and Kevlar laminates to keep it energetic, and thicker edges and a stronger base for the durability demanded by the everyday skier.

PRICE (MSRP): $800.00
PRICE (MAP): $625.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$800.00
MAP$625.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths168, 178, 188
Tip/Waist/Tail133-98-123
Rating: Stability at Speed2.50 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.99 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.61 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.96 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness2.98 / 5
Rating: Flotation2.89 / 5
Rating: Overall2.80 / 5

The Halo 2 is a play on an all-mountain twin/park ski. It has 5-dimension sidecut (meaning both the tip and tail are tapered), which will give it a looser, smearier feel. It also implements Armada's EST Park Rocker - subtle rocker in the tip and tail and positive camber underfoot - which helps with butters and presses but also adds a measure of soft-snow performance. It's waist width, ranging from 92 to 95 mm depending on length, provides enough versatility to explore beyond the park.

PRICE (MSRP): $725.00
PRICE (MAP): $550.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$725.00
MAP$550.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths164, 170, 176, 182
Tip/Waist/Tail109-194-101

The TST is intended to be a modern interpretation of an all-mountain ski. The rockered and tapered tip will provide smeary looseness and powder performance, while the more traditional flat tail and 100-mm waist provide more versatility and trustworthiness in variable conditions and hardpack. The Hybrid UltraLight Core keeps the ski's swing weight down, as do the fiberglass laminates. The AR50 sidewall blends sidewall and cap construction for improved durability from chipping while maintaining the performance of a sidewall construction.

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
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths165, 174, 183, 192
Tip/Waist/Tail118-101-122
Rating: Stability at Speed2.91 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.71 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.24 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.94 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.31 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.77 / 5
Rating: Overall2.93 / 5

New for 2013/14, the Al Dente is the pro model of X-Games-winning hucker Henrick Harlaut. It's built with a touch of rocker in the tip to make butters and presses easier, while camber throughout the rest of the ski will help with carving off jump lips and sticking landings. Though it's built for park applications, its soft flex and generous waist (98 mm) provide soft-snow performance and all-mountain versatility.

PRICE (MSRP): $780.00
PRICE (MAP): $600.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$780.00
MAP$600.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths168, 178, 188
Tip/Waist/Tail133-98-123

Tanner Hall's powder ski of choice, the Magic J is a variation on Armada's much-loved JJ. It's wider than the JJ, has less tip-and-tail taper, and a longer sidecut for a less-catchy experience at high speeds in deep powder. It uses Armada's versatile 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. Fiberglass laminates and a light wood core round out the features of this wide surfer.

PRICE (MSRP): $975.00
PRICE (MAP): $750.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$975.00
MAP$750.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths170, 180, 190
Tip/Waist/Tail138-126-134

New for 2014, the Alpha X is a park tool with a waist width (92–95 mm) and rocker profile that make it useful around the mountain. It's built with Armada's AR50 Sidewall construction, a blend of sidewall and cap construction, for durability and hard-snow performance. The Alpha X is also built with Armada's strongest and densest core so it can stand up to abuse. EST Park Rocker combines subtle rocker in the ski's extremities for easy buttering and turn initiation, with camber underfoot for hard-snow performance and rebound. It's part of Armada's LTD series, meaning it gets the best materials and the most attention to detail.

PRICE (MSRP): $780.00
PRICE (MAP): $600.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$780.00
MAP$600.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths164, 170, 176, 182
Tip/Waist/Tail109-94-101

The long-time halfpipe weapon returns for Armada. The Pipe Cleaner uses full camber to provide the most edge grip for carving and jumping on firm halfpipe walls. It has a beefed up 2.5-mm metal edge for increased durability, carbon-laminate stringers for added pop, and a competition base material for maximum speed in the pipe. It's part of Armada's LTD series, meaning it gets the best materials and the most attention to detail.

PRICE (MSRP): $750.00
PRICE (MAP): $775.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$750.00
MAP$775.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths166, 171, 176, 181
Tip/Waist/Tail118-85-108

Since its impetus, Armada has specialized in making fat skis and the Norwalk is another offering in the deep-snow category. It has a flatter tail profile than most Armada fat skis that will give it a definite boost in power. It's designed with directional, big-mountain chargers in mind. Part of the LTD series of skis that utilize the best materials and are only built in limited quantities, the Norwalk uses Armada's EST All Mountain Rocker profile for a nice blend of float and hard-pack performance, and the AR50 Sidewall, a blend of vertical sidewall and cap construction, for improved durability without sacrifice to edge grip.

PRICE (MSRP): $900.00
PRICE (MAP): $700.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$900.00
MAP$700.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths169, 179, 189
Tip/Waist/Tail135-115-131

Yes Armada does build a carving ski. The Triumph, which ranges from 77 to 80 mm underfoot depending on the length, has full camber, a race-inspired base, a stout core with two hardwood stringers, metal laminates, and carbon reinforcements. It's the closest thing Armada makes to a frontside ski. It's part of Armada's LTD series, meaning it gets the best materials and the most attention to detail.

PRICE (MSRP): $850.00
PRICE (MAP): $750.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$850.00
MAP$750.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths164, 171, 178, 185
Tip/Waist/Tail120-78-107
Rating: Stability at Speed2.56 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.24 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.48 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.14 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.27 / 5
Rating: Flotation1.56 / 5
Rating: Overall2.63 / 5
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