The Armada ARV 106 is part of a redesigned ARV line for 2017. I found it to be a really fun, playful, and lively all-mountain freestyle ski that has a lot of versatility. I could easily see this ski becoming a daily driver for a lot of people. If you find skis like the BMX 105 HP, or Moment Belafonte to be too burly or too directional, but you like the waist width the ARV 106 might be a solid option.
Armada ARV 106 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Conditions:Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack
Ski Personality: The Armada ARV 106 is a semi-playful all-mountain freestyle ski with a lively and energetic feel.
On the Snow Feel: I would say the Armada ARV 106 is semi-stable. It’s quite playful and energetic, but I was surprised at how stable it felt at moderately high speeds
Powder: I have only had the Armada ARV 106 in 6″ of fresh snow and nothing deeper. But, I do have some initial thoughts. First, this ski is fun in soft snow. It’s maneuverable, and easy to pivot, allowing me to play around a bit more in softer snow. The ski isn’t loose, but it is smeary and surfy when you want it to be. Float is also pretty solid. The flex allows the ski to plane smoothly, and with 106mm underfoot, there is decent float. I wouldn’t say this ski is going to be great for big mountain skiers that are going to ski deep powder at high speeds, but for those playful skiers that like to slash or smear powder turns, the ARV 106 could be really fun.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I found the Armada ARV 106 to be relatively forgiving and easy to get on edge. The ski is easy to pivot and turn at slower speeds, and the tip engages smoothly when initiating. The ski is also moderately easy to bend, but has solid rebound energy and life. I wouldn’t call the ski super powerful, but there’s enough underfoot to carve pretty fast and hard. The radius is a fun 20m, and the ski is capable of faster speeds. What I enjoyed most however is that I could turn the ski anytime I wanted to. Varying turn shape is easy, and if you need to smear any turn, it’s quite easy to do so. The blend of maneuverability, playfulness, and stability is actually really fun. It’s not super quick from edge to edge, but it is lively and energetic. This ski feels like a very playful, yet powerful, carver.
Speed: I would say the Armada ARV 106 is solid at moderately high speeds. There’s more power than expected, and when skiing longer radius turns at speed, there’s a decent amount of stability. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast I could go, given how playful the ski feels. I really enjoyed picking up some speed on the softer groomers, and then sliding my tails out into the deeper chop on the edges of the trail. I wouldn’t want to take this to the biggest steeps and ski very long or fast turns, but at moderately high speeds this ski was really fun.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Again, I’d say the Armada ARV 106 was solid in variable snow. In the 5″ of soft tracked out snow this ski was very fun. It’s bouncy, playful, energetic, and yet damp enough to pick up some speed. If you’re a playful skier that likes to ski off piste, the ARV 106 is very capable. It’s not a blaster or crud buster, and it didn’t seem to really enjoy cutting through chop. But it is so much fun taking a bases flat approach and did a really good job absorbing terrain.
Edge Hold: I did get a chance to ski the ARV 106 on hard packed groomers, but the snow was still pretty soft relatively speaking. The ski held an edge really well, but I’d bet you’d really want to keep your edges sharp if you’re planning on skiing on a lot of hard pack. This ski was fun carving groomed, but it’s really so much more at home on soft snow off piste. If you’re planning on skiing a ton of groomed terrain, there are better options out there.
Bottom Line: The Armada ARV 106 is a very fun ski. It definitely feels like an Armada. It’s playful, smeary, easy to pivot, and yet it still has some decent power and stability. It feels a little bit like a wider TST, but has a bit more stability at speed, and slightly less edge hold. It also feels similar to the Liberty Origin 106, although I think more aggressive skiers will prefer the latter. The Origin has more stability, and slightly more energy, but it isn’t nearly as playful. I think if you’re the type of skier that likes to take park skills to the entire mountain, the ARV 106 is a solid option. It’s poppy, lively, energetic, and quite playful. There is also decent stability, although I’m still probably not going to want to straight line big steep lines. It’s very fun in the soft snow, and solid enough to ski groomed terrain from time to time. I think the big takeaway is just how versatile this ski is. It’s didn’t blow me away in any one area, but really was solid on most parts of the mountain.
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