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Buying armada ski's

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello, 

I am looking for quite a while now for the right ski's. I've narrowed my choices to 1 brand, Armada. In a local shop i got the following prices: 

ARVti: €711 
TST: €684 
JJ: €710 
Magic J: €539 

These prices include bindings. 
When skiing I spend a lot of time off piste or I go on and off the piste for some fun runs. I like to do some fast downhill runs now and then. 
I try to spend 1 day in the park every vacation to.
Because of the good price, i like the Magic J. Even though it's 126mm under foot.

My question now is, can the magic J do it all? I.o.w. 

How does it perform on the slopes? 
Is this ski to wide for the park? 

In case these two are to negative i would probaply go for the ARVti. 

Thanks

post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by wannesdg View Post
 

Hello,


I try to spend 1 day in the park every vacation to.
Because of the good price, i like the Magic J. Even though it's 126mm under foot.

My question now is, can the magic J do it all? I.o.w. 

How does it perform on the slopes? 
Is this ski to wide for the park? 

In case these two are to negative i would probaply go for the ARVti. 

Thanks

I am not a pipe guy but would think the Magic J is way to much ski for pipe.  I would stick with the ARV for a ski that can do it all.  There are a lot of good skis out there.  Maybe look at this site as their prices are good.  http://www.telemark-pyrenees.com/en/all/c-skis/skidiscipline-alpineskiing/f/?osCsid=6f8a06ed4f60f7186c82e3a36cbf6539

post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by liv2 ski View Post
 

I am not a pipe guy but would think the Magic J is way to much ski for pipe.  I would stick with the ARV for a ski that can do it all.  There are a lot of good skis out there.  Maybe look at this site as their prices are good.  http://www.telemark-pyrenees.com/en/all/c-skis/skidiscipline-alpineskiing/f/?osCsid=6f8a06ed4f60f7186c82e3a36cbf6539

Thanks liv2 ski. I really like your link. Yes, for pipe, the magic J's are definitely to big. But that's not to big of a concern for me, I don't do that much pipe. But even so, I would go for the ARV if I find a good price.

post #4 of 10

I'm curious, why would you pick the ARV over the TST?  IMO, the TST is one of the most versatile skis on the market.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by MoJo23 View Post
 

I'm curious, why would you pick the ARV over the TST?  IMO, the TST is one of the most versatile skis on the market.

I don't know why I would pick the ARV. I think it's because of the way the salesmen in the shop presented them. Do you own TST's or owned a pair of TST's? How do they perform in the deep snow and on piste? Is it still usable in the park/pipe?

thx

post #6 of 10

I own the TST. In fact I bought them in 183, felt they skied way to short due to the ridiculous amount of tip rocker, sold them and bought the 192.  I like them on a light powder day, but that is the only time they come out of my quiver now as I have other skis that are way better on firm snow.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by liv2 ski View Post
 

I own the TST. In fact I bought them in 183, felt they skied way to short due to the ridiculous amount of tip rocker, sold them and bought the 192.  I like them on a light powder day, but that is the only time they come out of my quiver now as I have other skis that are way better on firm snow.

 

What do you guys think of the "apo rocko 186"? 

 

http://www.apo-snow.com/en/buy-skis/23-rocko.html

 

I can buy these new but secondhand for a good price. But I can't seem to find much about these online, except some reviews that say they are a good all mountain ski, but that's about all they say.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Has anyone tested the "Armada magic J"? Because I'm thinking about maybe getting one pair for the deep powder days (the magic J) and then a cheaper park/slope ski. 

Think this may pay off in the long run, since I go skiing quite a lot.

post #9 of 10

Another Armada set to look in to depending on what you're looking for is the Triumph.

 

I picked up a pair last year and have really enjoyed them thus far. Not sure what your local conditions are, but for east coast they really do well under basically all conditions. Usually forced on piste, but on the days when I can go off trail they hold up nicely, not great for super deep powder, but that's about 1 day a year here.

 

I'm not much for park skiing, I'll hit the small jumps or rollers on occasion so I can't speak to the rail/box part, but they jump about as well as anything else.

 

Might be worth investigating. 

post #10 of 10

Magic J is a great pow ski but forget about park and I'd say it's "survivable" on hard snow/ice/piste/moguls but you will use a lot of energy to ski it there. I'd take the Norwalk over the Magic J if you want a do-it-all powder ski from Armada. Never been a fan of the JJ and not familiar with ARVTi.

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