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Armada JJ, Good pick for me?

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Thinking of buying a new ski in the offseason prices.

Was planning on the Armada TST at first.

I am 5.7 and 160 pounds.

Ski mainly off piste and between trees but i need the ski to be my only pair including bad days and pistes...

Obviously i want to do as much powder as nature supplies but i can only have one pair because i need to fly it every time.

I read that the JJ is fit for hard pack and pistes as well. Has anybody tried it out in those conditions?

I'm scared that it will be problematic in bad conditions and i should go with the TST.

Any thoughts?

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Originally Posted by guytz View Post

Thinking of buying a new ski in the offseason prices.

Was planning on the Armada TST at first.

I am 5.7 and 160 pounds.

Ski mainly off piste and between trees but i need the ski to be my only pair including bad days and pistes...

Obviously i want to do as much powder as nature supplies but i can only have one pair because i need to fly it every time.

I read that the JJ is fit for hard pack and pistes as well. Has anybody tried it out in those conditions?

I'm scared that it will be problematic in bad conditions and i should go with the TST.

Any thoughts?

 

 

where do you ski at? how well can you chose your days?

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I ski in europe.

Just finished an entire season but in general i cant pick my days too well sadly...

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Originally Posted by guytz View Post

I ski in europe.

Just finished an entire season but in general i cant pick my days too well sadly...

 

how much snow does you home resort get? what kinda of terrain....

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I dont have a home resort since i dont live anywhere near a ski resort.

I go different places every year so i cant really say what its like... very general.

I'm hoping to do another season next winter so if that works out i'l enjoy all conditions but im really not sure where.

post #7 of 10

I have the JJ as my deep snow ski. Because of its sidecut profile, its running length on hard snow is shorter than its overall length would suggest and it is not too bad edge to edge on softish groomed. However, unless you anticipate spending a good deal of time in powder, I think you could find a more versatile all-mountain daily driver. Don't get me wrong, the JJ is awesome in its sweet spot - deep powder and trees - but it is not the ski I'd take from the locker for a day on hard pack. Actually, none of the wide skis are, although the JJ is better than most.

post #8 of 10

Just spent a week skiing the JJ in all imaginable off piste conditions.  It was fine in everything but the springtime ice.  The ski chattered heavily at anything more than the slowest speeds.

I would not choose it as a daily driver.

 

JF

post #9 of 10

Hello!

 

I am also 5.7 and 150 pounds from California. I bought the Armada Norwalk's at the beginning of this season and I absolutely love them. I considered buying the TST's as well but decided to go with the Norwalk's because they were new for this year and wanted to give them a shot. The difference between the TST's and the Norwalk's is very very minimal. If you are concerned at all about the JJ being too much ski when the conditions aren't so great, I would go with the TST's for sure! It is an all around mountain ski and it can definitely hold its own in the powder I'm sure.

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How strong of a skier are you? 

 

Are there parts of Europe your frequent more than others? 

 

I think something in the 98 to 108 range underfoot is good for an all-around, on/off piste ski-- at least where I ski in the Austria/Swiss Alps-- if you can't pick your days. Last year I used my Bonafides in everything from hard pack, to crust, to waist-deep and light. Mostly off-piste, but perhaps 20% on. They excelled at everything on piste, and were great off-piste. They just didn't feel super fun going very slow. 

 

My buddy was on Mantras the year before, and then switched to Cochise. As a single all-around ski in the Alps, I think the Cochise was an even better idea than my Bones. Perhaps a little easier to pivot in the trees, and a little easier to get to release the tail. But no speed limit and a crud eater.

 

This year I picked up a Rocker2, and after the first 3 days of the season that's all I've been on (though I did miss most of the spring), though more like 95% off piste and touring, and I could mostly pick my days. Great ski for someone light for what I do. But it doesn't eat crud like the Bones/Cochise, and it can be made to chatter on icy hardpac

Depending on your skiing style and other factors, some ideas:

 

- Bonafide

- Cochise

- Rocker2 108 (more playful)

- TST (more playful)

- DPS 99

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