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."
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
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.
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.