Bottom Line: The Armada JJ is a really fun ski. It floats well at 115 underfoot, but with such early taper and rocker it has a really surfy feeling. It really can handle anything you toss at it.
I highly recommend this ski to ANYONE who is looking at getting into rocker, who rides powder/crud at least 70% of the time, or who wants a sick backcountry jib ski!
- Does most things well
- Not quite long enough or stiff enough
Pros: "If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
Seriously, they are probably the best 1 ski quiver ski that I have ever handled (for Snowbird/Alta that is). I don't like them quite as much as the Magic J (I like longer skis and the 185cm just isn't quite enough for me).
They carve fine on groomers, better than many other rockered ski. They float and surf awesome in deep pow (not quite as well as some fatter offerings though), and they are stiff enough to handle crud without a problem. If you could only own one ski, this would probably have to be it. They are also light enough for touring
Cons: My only gripe is that the ski could be slightly longer, fatter, and stiffer. Skis with rocker feel slightly shorter than they really are. I have for a long time said that if they made this ski in a 190cm.. slightly fatter.. and stiffer. I'd buy it.. well they did.. it's called the Magic J.. and I just reviewed them.. so check them out!
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $350
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Reviewers Paid: $350.00