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Armada TST

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi,

Recently, i've been interested in buying the armada tst. I used to ski with salomon lords (169 cm), but they are way too short nkw and i constantly overpower them. last year i bought the salomon rocker2 108 @ 182 cm and i'm having alot of fun with them, but i'd like to have a pair of charching skis aswell. The only problem is that i'm hesitant about the length. Either 175 or 183. I'm 5'9" and 155 lbs

Could you help me?
Thanks in advance.
Michaël.
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by 1nexus1 View Post

Hi,

Recently, i've been interested in buying the armada tst. I used to ski with salomon lords (169 cm), but they are way too short nkw and i constantly overpower them. last year i bought the salomon rocker2 108 @ 182 cm and i'm having alot of fun with them, but i'd like to have a pair of charching skis aswell. The only problem is that i'm hesitant about the length. Either 175 or 183. I'm 5'9" and 155 lbs

Could you help me?
Thanks in advance.
Michaël.


183. Since it's Armada it will measure shorter than 183cm any ways, there is a bunch of splay in the tip, so it will ski short. FWIW. I would not classify the TST as a "Charger".

post #3 of 11

If you already have the Rocker2 108, I wouldn't buy the TST if you are looking for a ski to charge harder. I'd think about something like the Cochise, though that is pretty close in dimensions to the Rocker2.  Maybe consider a narrower ski to charge on in variable conditions when it's not a deep day and to serve you better on groomed runs.

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post
 


183. Since it's Armada it will measure shorter than 183cm any ways, there is a bunch of splay in the tip, so it will ski short. FWIW. I would not classify the TST as a "Charger".

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Originally Posted by Duke2320 View Post
 

If you already have the Rocker2 108, I wouldn't buy the TST if you are looking for a ski to charge harder. I'd think about something like the Cochise, though that is pretty close in dimensions to the Rocker2.  Maybe consider a narrower ski to charge on in variable conditions when it's not a deep day and to serve you better on groomed runs.

 

Two very good points for the OP to consider. First the TST is anything but a charger. Second, in what kind of conditions is the "charging" to be attempted?

 

SJ

post #5 of 11

Welcome to Epic. I'll third or fourth ^^^^. Not a ski I'd remotely call a "charger," and waaay too much overlap with your Sollies. As other have suggested, you might speak about what terrain or mountain, what you like in a ski, what you consider charging. 

post #6 of 11

I saw your other post on NS. I think the guys on this site have a different definition of charging than the guys over on NS. The TST can be skied hard. The difference is in the lack of metal in the ski and how you ski it. Hard charging on the hard pack is a little different than charging in a NS sense of the word. I'm not saying one is right or wrong but very different demographics. That being said the TST has a stiffer tail than the rocker2 you are currently on. This will give you the ability to load the tail more and get more rebound out of the ski. I personally love the TST in mixed snow conditions. Its fun and lively. The tail is stiff enough that if I need a little extra out of it they will push back. The ski does ski extremely short on the hard pack. Definitely go bigger with this ski. Are there stiffer skis in that waist size, Sure. You are not a huge guy at 155 so the TST could be a good option. Take a look at the Scott Punisher. Has a similar under foot and rails. just my 2 cents.         

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks SVmike, that was the assurance i was searching for. And you nailed it on what i meant to say.

@ SJ and Beyond, i'm a european skier, so my terrain is atm 40% crust + pow and 60% groomers (that can become stashed up later in de afternoon), No tree skiing here. The resorts where i'm at are Davos, Zermatt (Switserland), Chamonix and the area around it (France) and Arlberg (Austria). And i'm still experimenting with the out of bound area's, and having fun doing so (so the percentage mentioned earlier will go more to the non groomered side).

I am not really searching for a groomer ski, nor a wider and more specific powder ski. just a good allrounder with a flatter and stiffer tail.

I'm also planning to mount a lighter binding on the TST's than what i've got on my Rocker2's.

 

Thanks alot for the replies.

Kind regards,

Michaël

post #8 of 11

Based on your last post, I'd say the TST is pretty much exactly what you're looking for.  It actually rips better than a ski with its dimensions normally does.  I think Armada has done a great job with the TST and TSTw (womens version) I think it's one of the best all mtn skis on the market for men or women.  The men and women version are exactly the same ski.  It's just the top sheet is different.

 

I'd recommend choosing your binding wisely and NOT be overly concerned with getting a really light binding.  Typically, light means more or even a lot of plastic and those types of bindings, in my opinion, just don't transmit the energy to the ski like a binding with more metal in it does and except for when you're carrying them, what do you really notice about a lighter binding anyway.  Just my 2cents.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Totally agree with that.
The lighter bindings to which i am referring to are the marker griffon, the salomon sth2 or something equivalent.
post #10 of 11

I think JP Auclair uses the TST for his Chamonix related area skiing (but that is off piste touring/mountaineering stuff). I think what some posters are saying is that in North America (or the TGR forums at least) "charger" means a Freeride World Tour comp type ski, e.g. stiff with metal that can go 80km/h through choppy variable snow (although to be honest the FWT is mostly powder skiing with the new format, you don't see them skiing hardpack much).

 

I would take a look at the Cochise if you can, I do not think it is a charger (especially not at 185cm, it's very easy to ski) but it can handle all conditions and is responsive without being squirley. It's not light though.

post #11 of 11

The Sth is a good binding and I'd go with the Jester over the Griffon.  A lot of people like the Griffon but it's just to much plastic for me.  I know you're not a real big guy but it sounds like you like to rip when you can so IMO I'd go with a stouter binding.  Again, just my opinion.

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