|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||- Expert|
|Ski Style||Big Mountain (Freeride)|
|Ski Shape||Directional Twin|
|On Snow Feel|
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Armada ARV 116 JJ 2019 - 2018 Review by A Better Ski
Spring is finally here but it just wont seem to stop snowing this year. With blue skies and 9″ of fresh snow on the ground, I grabbed the Armada ARV 116 JJ and I headed out to the hill. I was hoping for a nice mellow day with smooth snow and plenty of sunshine and that’s exactly what I got. Great conditions to put an all mountain/ powder ski to the test. The Armada ARV 116 has a Rocker/Camber/Rocker profile with plenty of camber and a lively spring. They look perfect for the day ahead. Lets see how they perform.
Thanks to P3 in Mammoth Lakes, CA for the demo.
Conditions: Powder, chopped powder, crud, “Sierra cement”
Boots: Lange FR 130
Ski Personality: The Armada ARV 116 JJ has a playful “All mountain” shape that performs well from top to bottom at all speeds and under many snow conditions.
On the Snow Feel: The Armada ARV 116 JJ felt stable yet nimble handling both high speeds and tight trees.
Powder: The Armada ARV 116 JJ was designed primarily as a powder ski and scores high marks in this category. It was a pleasure to rip around the smooth snow with these sticks on my feet. They were stable, floaty, damp, predictable, responsive, agile; pretty much all the attributes you want in a powder ski.
Turn Initiation and Carving: On the soft snow, the rocker profile allows the Armada ARV 116 JJ to turn quite quickly from side to side. I did notice that this ski isn’t extremely surfy as the tail seemed to be engaged more than other skis in this category. This means that there will be better edge grip on more firm snow conditions adding some versatility to the ski giving it more of an all mountain feel.
Speed: I thought that the Armada ARV 116 JJ performed well at all speeds. Often times large big mountain style skis don’t perform well at lower speeds. I did’t find this with these skis. I felt like I could cruise at any rate I wanted and still had a responsive ride. The Armada ARV 116 does prefer however, to go fast and feel very much at home at the higher speeds. If you are skiing on less than soft snow, look into the ARV 106 or 96 or the Armada Invictus series ski for a more all mountain experience.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: This category is my highest praise for the Armada ARV 116 JJ. I spent all day in heavy “Sierra cement” and skied pretty much the whole mountain. I felt like these skis were predictable, stable and responsive. At high speeds through rough terrain, I felt in control and not like I was taking a beating. They blew through chop and crud with ease allowing my legs to stay fresh and ready for more.
Flex: The Armada ARV 116 JJ has a medium flex allowing it to have a playful feel in the soft snow and performance on conditions of a lesser nature.
Bottom Line: I had a great day on the Armada ARV 116 JJ. They have that new progressive shape with a familiar feeling. No need to spend days trying to figure out how to ski them properly. I recommend these skis for any advanced skier or higher who is looking for a fun, all mountain feeling powder ripper with lots of life from the camber and moderate control on harder snow. They seemed to be a perfect “Sierra cement” ripper and crud buster and ready to go big and fast anywhere you want to go.
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