The Armada ARVti remains pretty much unchanged for the 2015/2016 season. The ARVti is a solid all mountain ski, with great versatility. I really enjoyed my time on this ski. It has a beefy core with two layers of titanal helping to make it a hard-charging stable ski that likes to go fast. The ARVti also has subtle nose rocker, and a lively Kevlar carbon tail for pop. This makes the ski a bit more playful, and at 98mm underfoot can still handle the pow. If you’re looking for an everyday ski to rip the entire mountain, the ARVti is a fantastic option.
Conditions: Hard Pack, Groomers, Soft Snow (5”), Crud, bumps, days old powder
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Ski Personality: The Armada ARVti is a versatile all-mountain ski that likes speed
On the Snow Feel: The Armada ARVti has a beefy core that consists of two high density wood stringers. It’s then overlaid with a titanal layer on top and bottom. Next Armada sandwiches the core with a fiberglass laminate matrix. This beefy core combined with traditional camber underfoot makes the ARVti super stable on the snow. Those who like a more playful ski shouldn’t worry too much though. Armada also added carbon fiber strip in the core for added liveliness. Carbon Kevlar stringers in the tail also add pop. So even though this is a super stable ski, it’s also pretty easy to bounce around and have a little fun.
Powder: The Armada ARVti is not a powder specialist, but the soft snow performance is pretty good. The ARVti has a 98mm waist and subtle AR nose rocker. The taper is also pretty subtle compared to a ski like the Volkl Mantra. This seems to help make the ARVti float just a little better. Sure it’s not going to be as playful in the powder as the Mantra, nor will it float like the JJ with its 115mm waist. However, for an all-mountain ski that charges as hard as the Armada ARVti, the powder performance is actually pretty good.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Armada has a subtle AR nose rocker and cap construction in the tip and tail. This reduces the swing weight of the ARVti, making it a little bit easier to turn sideways. It’s a pretty responsive ski, and at 98mm underfoot it’s pretty easy to get it on edge. The sidecut is GS inspired, and I felt the ski was pretty powerful underneath. The ski had a lot of energy making it quick edge to edge. Overall it was pretty forgiving, and when you got in trouble it’s pretty easy to turn sideways and scrub speed. It was fun and snappy, and it was pretty happy making quick short radius turns.
Speed: This is a ski that is built for speed. It starts with Armadas Comp Base which is the fastest in the line-up. Then there is the burly core with high density wood stringers, two layers of titanal, and two layers of fiberglass. The finishing touch is a layer of rubber below the top sheet making the Armada ARVti damp and stable at high speeds.
Uneven Terrain: The ARVti holds up pretty well in the chopped up snow. The nose rocker helps you get on top of the crud, and the beefy construction helps to keep you feeling stable.
Moguls: The Armada ARVti is both quick edge to edge and forgiving, making it a pretty capable mogul ski. It has surprising agility in the bumps, and even intermediate skiers will find they can ski the moguls on the ARVti.
Edge Hold: Edge hold is pretty good in this ski. It has traditional camber underfoot for increased edge pressure and contact with the snow. The tip is a bit softer, but overall the ski is pretty stiff giving it better edge hold.
Flex: The ski is softest in the tip with more torsional rigidity underfoot, and slightly less in the tail. Even though the ski is pretty stiff overall, it has carbon stringers from tip to tail increasing liveliness. In addition, the tail has a carbon Kevlar layer for added pop.
Switch: This is a directional twin. It can be ridden switch in some situations, but is definitely happier going forward.
Jumps: The Armada ARVti can handle jumps, but with a better edge hold, and less pop than most jib skis, you’ll find it’s not the best park ski.
Park: This ski is okay in the park, but it has a relatively stiff flex and heavy feel. You could definitely play around in the park if you want, but the Armada ARVti is definitely more fun around the rest of the mountain.
I know there are a lot of mixed feelings out there on this ski. Some people love it, and some people think it’s underwhelming. I am in the camp that loves it. The Armada ARVti is a great all mountain ski. It’s not a powder specialist, but unless in you’re in the super deep snow it won’t matter much. It likes to go fast, and can handle the groomers and crud pretty well. It’s just a great versatile ski that likes to be skied fast. We would recommend the Armada ARVti for the all-mountain skier that wants to to it all, and is okay with sacrificing a little bit of specific performance in any given category.
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