The Armada TST remains unchanged for 2015/2016, and is definitely one of the most versatile skis in Armadas line-up. It is built with the one ski quiver in mind, and comes pretty close to the ski that can do it all. It’s great for those who like to ski the entire mountain on any given day. Sure you sacrifice a little bit of performance in given categories, but it’s well worth the overall versatility.
2016 Armada TST On Mountain Video Ski Review
Riders: Matt and Brian
Conditions: Soft Snow (5”), Crud, Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
Ski Personality: The TST is a fun and playful all-mountain ski that feels at home on a lot of different terrain.
On the Snow Feel: The Armada TST has a semi stable feel that can be playful in the soft snow, but is also pretty stable on the hard pack and groomers.
Powder: The TST is only 103mm underfoot, so you wouldn’t expect this to float like a dedicated powder ski, but it has a pretty significant amount of rocker in the tip that really helps increase floatation. No, it doesn’t ski like a wide powder ski. However, for an all-mountain ripper of just 103mm, the TST really performed well in the deeper snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: With a good amount of rocker and a pretty significant taper, the Armada TST didn’t require a lot of speed to get the ski on edge. The TST is also pretty light, and with a relatively soft flex (but not too soft) in the tip, the TST is quite forgiving. All of this lends to the ski responding well with pretty minimal effort. Once the ski is one edge it carves pretty well. It has a good amount of traditional camber underfoot, and relatively flat tail that helps to increase power in and out of turns. When making short to medium radius turns the TST felt quite lively. It doesn’t have the same power as a beefier ski, but I still felt like the TST was plenty sturdy in the turns. The TST was also quite fun when transitioning from edge to edge.
Speed: In the soft snow we felt like the Armada TST was quite stable at speed. The ski has soft flex in the tip, but it felt sturdy enough to keep from chattering and bouncing when going fast. It’s not nearly as damp as the Armada ARVti with its titanal laminates, but for a forgiving all-mountain ski, the TST does a decent job at higher speeds.
Uneven Terrain: The Armada TST is a pretty light-weight ski, and when combined with the forgiving flex, I just felt like it couldn’t hold up well to speed in the crud. In the soft snow it does a pretty good job. When cruising down the chopped up runs on Coppers frontside, I felt I could take a more aggressive forward stance and push the skis through the crud at speed, but as things firmed up the soft tips just couldn’t absorb the terrain. At speed, my tips would deflect, and I would get bounced around more than I wanted to. Once I slowed things down I was able to flatten out the bases and absorb the terrain with my body, but those looking for a crud busting hard charger may want to look elsewhere.
Moguls: The TST is lively, quick, and very maneuverable, making it a decent ski in the moguls and trees. It also allows for a wide variety of turn shapes, and really allows you to adjust to any terrain you encounter.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was pretty good despite the significant amount of rocker in the tip. The tapered tip helps to increase contact and edge hold, and we were pleasantly surprised at how stable the ski was in most conditions.
Flex: The Armada TST has a med/soft flex in the tip, medium underfoot, and med/soft in the tail. This allows for good float in the powder, and stability on groomers. It’s also quite playful and fun for jumps.
Switch: The TST is has a directional twin tail that allows for switch riding when you want to.
So where does the Armada TST fit in the world of skis? The TST is a fantastic all mountain ski for those who want one ski to do it all. Like all skis in this category the TST gives up a little performance in certain areas for its overall versatility, but the TST is really well rounded. The only place we found the TST to be lacking was at speed in the crud. It floats well, carves well, and allows you to change your turn shape depending on terrain and conditions. The Armada TST is a great ski, and we would recommend it to those intermediate to advanced riders who want one ski for every day they are on the mountain.