The Armada TSTw is the same ski as the mens TST except with a different graphic and smaller size. Like the TST, the women’s version is one of the most versatile skis in the line-up. It’s great for those who like to do a little bit of everything on the mountain, and are okay with sacrificing a bit of specific performance in certain areas for that overall versatility. It’s easy to ski, fun, and super versatile.
Conditions: Soft Chop (5”), Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
On the Snow Feel: The Armada TSTw has tip rocker, traditional camber underfoot, and a relatively flat tail. This allows the ski to be semi-playful in the softer snow, but still stable and powerful on the groomers and harder snow.
Powder: The same tip rocker that allows the ski to be playful in the soft snow helps to aid floatation in the deep. At 103mm underfoot, the Armada TSTw is no powder specialist, but we found it quite fun in the deeper snow. The flat, stiffer tail sinks into the snow keeping the tips up and allowing for a bit better control of the ski. It’s not as fun and surfy as a ski with more significant tail rocker, but for a mid-fat ski it was plenty capable of keeping us tracking straight without too much work.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Armada was the first to develop the five point sidecut, which brings the widest part of the ski further back towards the skier. This is also where the contact points are, and when you roll the ski on edge, you don’t have to roll it nearly as far for the edge to engage. This makes turn initiation quite easy, and it doesn’t take a ton of effort to get the ski to turn. The TSTw also has a very light-weight core, again helping to keep swing weight low, and making it easy to maneuver the ski in tighter spots. On edge, the ski carves pretty well. It’s no frontside groomer specialist, but for a versatile all mountain ski it offers a decent ride. The five point sidecut also allows you to vary the turn shape with ease, and we found the ski to be responsive, lively, and fun whether we were skiing short, medium, or large radius turns. The Armada TSTw is relatively soft flexing, and quite forgiving, but substantial enough for more aggressive skiers (although you’ll want to size up). This soft flex doesn’t add a ton in the way of power, but it still quite lively and energetic. We found the ski to be fun on groomers, but it’s not going to rail the frontside like a more race inspired ski will.
Speed: The Armada TSTw is not a stiff beefy ski with metal laminates, but it felt relatively stable at higher speeds. You’re not going to straight-line runs, but at moderate speeds we never really noticed a ton of tip chatter (so long as things were relatively smooth).
Uneven Terrain: The TSTw can be really fun in the soft chop and crud, but it’s not going to blast through like a beefier ski. It’s light-weight and soft flex aren’t really conducive to absorbing terrain, but as long as you keep your speed down, it was quite fun to “play” around in the chop. The ski is quite maneuverable, and its light-weight allows you to pivot the ski around any obstacles, but don’t expect to blast through the chop. As things firmed up this became even more of a challenge, and tip deflection was more of an issue.
Moguls: The Armada TSTw is actually quite fun in the moguls. We liked how light-weight and maneuverable the ski is, and the five point sidecut makes it really easy to very your turn shape. The rebound is also quite lively, and it was quick from edge to edge. Others may find the ski to be a bit too soft, especially if you take a bit more aggressive approach, but for those who approach moguls with a bit more laid back style may find the TSTw to be quite fun.
Edge Hold: The Armada TSTw has a pretty good amount of rocker in the tip (and a slightly shortened effective edge), but with traditional camber underfoot and a relatively flat tail the TSTw is much better on the hardpack than you might expect. In addition, the torsional rigidity is stiffer than you might expect given the skis flex from tip to tail. I still wouldn’t trust the TSTw on really firm hard pack or ice, but for a versatile all mountain ski it was surprisingly more stable than expected.
Flex: The Armada TSTw has a medium/soft tip, medium waist, and slightly softer tail. This gives the ski a bit more soft snow versatility, while still retaining some of the hardpack groomer performance of a stiffer ski.
Switch: The TSTw is a directional ski with a slightly raised tail. This helps to aid in release from turns, as well as allow for switch riding on occasion. The Armada TSTw is still more directional than twin, but it’s capable of switch riding when you need to.
The Armada TSTw is a great all-mountain ski that performs good in most areas of the mountain. It is by no means a specialist in any one category, but has the versatility to take you just about anywhere you want to ride. We found it to be really fun in the soft snow (so long as it’s not too deep), lively and fun on the groomers, and relatively stable at moderate speeds. It wasn’t the best in the deep, nor the chop, but definitely capable enough to have a good time. We loved that this ski comes in a 174cm for aggressive women skiers, but since it’s the same as the TST, really aggressive women could size up to longer mens version if they find the 174cm too short. It does ski shorter than skis without rocker, but we found we didn’t need to size up like we might on a rocker/camber/rocker of full rocker ski. If you like to ride the entire mountain, definitely take a look at the Armada TSTw.