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Armada TST 191

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Finally got out on these yesterday.  I have no question that these will perform in pow and crud, but the real test is how they perform on east coast hardpack.
 
About me:  6'1 220, 33, best skier in the east. 
 
Skied at shitty Loon yesterday and found the conditions to be adequate considering the lack of snow.   In short, these things absolutely rip.  I could not find the speed limit.   I am coming off some 185 ARV's.  the 191 TST provides less ski in front, but there is significantly more tail and it's much stiffer.  It took we a while to get use to the tail, but towards the end of the morning I found the center.  These skis are super playful and poppy and can be driven in just about any way.. short quick turns, long GS turns, slarving, whatever.. no chatter whatsoever and I felt super stable at crazy high speeds.  Didn't really have a chance to get them in any significant bumps, but I don't think that will be "great".. adequate, but not great. 
 
They seemed to prefer a more playful approach than long GS turns, which is perfect for my style, and should be great in tight trees and technical lines. 
 
I haven't bought skis in a while, but these will be a big confidence booster and I can't wait to try them at Jackson in a few weeks. 
 
Wish I could give more in terms of off piste performance, but mother nature has allowed it yet.
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Thanks for sharing. Interesting comment "not much ski in front" I agree from the one day I have used mine (183cm for 5ft 6 inches and 150lbs of stunning mediocrity). Would you think you could move bindings back slightly and still like them? Did you need to adapt your style at all for the hardpack?

 

One thing I really remember is that in truly horrible snow (wet powder over bumps and tracks and refrozen crud) I can't recall tips or tails crossing once.

 

Hope you get some glory days soon!

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Thanks for the review, Fza. I've been looking into these as well, as well as the S3s. Has anyone skied both so as to give me a comparison? I would think the TSTs are stiffer, and of course, the S3s have some tail rocker, while the TSTs don't. I would really appreciate anyone's comments on this.

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Thanks for sharing. Interesting comment "not much ski in front" I agree from the one day I have used mine (183cm for 5ft 6 inches and 150lbs of stunning mediocrity). Would you think you could move bindings back slightly and still like them? Did you need to adapt your style at all for the hardpack?

 

One thing I really remember is that in truly horrible snow (wet powder over bumps and tracks and refrozen crud) I can't recall tips or tails crossing once.

 

Hope you get some glory days soon!



it's just the factory recomended mounting point.. more centered mounted than rear.. my ARV's were back seat drivers and in tight areas they could be a little tough to throw around.. but these have a nice center mount that are more balanced.  Personally I wouldn't change anything because the stiff flat tail has a nice anchor, so stability isn't an issue. 

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Finally got out on my 183 TSTs today. 7 inches over night at Brighton.  What a great ski.  Floats in the pow, easy turning in the trees, funtastic in the bumps and out of sight on groomers.  I am honestly shocked how little love this ski is getting for how good it is.  Any day there is soft snow, I will be on these, but with the excellent edge grip, they would hang in there back east too.

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I have dynastar cross contacts/72 waist, dynatar sultans/85 waist and my 183 tsts......ski on the east weekly and every time I switch the three on and off, however I continue to lean toward the tst as a daily driver even on hardpack....its is so light, playful and after you nail the center they just never disappoint...this has been a season of sloppy chopped up conditions and the tsts really rip thru this stuff with ease....I had the tsts out to wolf creek early in the year in 6 inches inches fresh pow  in the trees and on bumps and they rocked....off to aspen in less than two weeks only packing the tsts...

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