I was lucky enough be at demo day at my local resort and Australia and tried heaps of skis and snowboards. I have been snowboarder for 15 years but gone back to skiing for my kids last few years so looking to get a new pair of all-mountain skis
Out of all the skis i demoed, I feel loved the ride of the Armada ARVti.
I need help on size 178? or 188?. I am 185cm, 85kgs , off-piste 40% and resort skiing 60%. do small- mid size kickers, pipe but no tricks, easy fun boxes but no rails. (had to many bad falls on rails on snowboarding). i would classify myself as very good intermediate, maybe advanced but definitely not a expert. I am a laid back skier, who doesnt like to fast all the time.
I am pretty set on the ARVtis, but Im between sizes, when i demoed the 188 for few groomed runs and one off-piste run I like it alot and then demo the 178 only for one groomed run before i ran out of time to go home ,I also liked it alot but hard to tell from just one run to be sure if the 178 was the better choice.
i was leaning towards the 178 as it felt lighter underfoot and easier to manevour but still unsure between the sizes. size guides say 188 but i felt i could go faster with better control on the 188
I like to go off-piste between trees so i though 178 would be fine, but i maybe the 188 would give added verstaility as a semi-powder ski
I am currently skiing on a nordica hot rod tempest 178 totally different ski - resort carving ski. the ARVti has a slight rocker tip and tail so maybe go the 188
so hard to tell. my wife only would let me have one quiver ski and i ski in japan alot as well.
I considered the TST but for my riding the ARVti just felt better for me
any help please?