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Armada

Halo 2

Armada

2014

price$725

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH101mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST109-194-101

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS164, 170, 176, 182

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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.

TST

Armada

2014

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rating2.93

price$850

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.91 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.24 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.94 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.31 / 5
Overall: 
2.93 / 5
Flotation: 
3.77 / 5

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH122mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST118-101-122

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS165, 174, 183, 192

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$649.99

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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.

Al Dente

Armada

2014

price$780

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH123mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST133-98-123

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS168, 178, 188

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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.

Magic J

Armada

2014

price$975

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH134mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST138-126-134

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS170, 180, 190

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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.

Alpha X

Armada

2014

price$780

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH101mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST109-94-101

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS164, 170, 176, 182

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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.

Pipe Cleaner

Armada

2014

price$750

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH108mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST118-85-108

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS166, 171, 176, 181

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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.

Norwalk

Armada

2014

price$900

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH131mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST135-115-131

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS169, 179, 189

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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.

Triumph

Armada

2014

rating2.63

price$850

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.56 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.48 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.14 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.27 / 5
Overall: 
2.63 / 5
Flotation: 
1.56 / 5

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH107mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST120-78-107

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS164, 171, 178, 185

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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.

Bubba

Armada

2014

price$1050

YEAR2013/2014

WAIST WIDTH123mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST130-127-123

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS168, 178, 188

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The fattest ski in Armada's line, the Bubba is designed almost exclusively for the deep. The successor to Armada's ARG, the Bubba is designed with more tip taper for a looser, smearier ride in powder, and more effective edge for better performance when you're headed back to the lift. Part of the LTD series of skis that utilize the best materials and are only built in limited quantities, the Bubba uses Armada's most aggressive rocker profile, EST Powder Rocker for maximum float, and the AR50 Sidewall, a blend of vertical sidewall and cap construction, for improved durability without sacrifice to edge grip.

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