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Advice needed: What's better than Armada TST => Norwalk?

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So I (77kg/170lbs, 190cm/6'2.8'' tall, semi-expert) have been using Armada TST 192 for a couple of years now as my primary rig (or when the conditions are unknown/variable), be it sidecountry, lifts or even Verbier Haute Route. I do enjoy my TST a lot, both in parallel and Telemarking (NTN Freeride+Scarpa TX Pro combo allows for solid PTs when needed, and I can swap for Dynafit with BF inserts, only that is seldom needed), but it starts to show the signs of wear.

 

Now I want something wider, with slightly bigger radius too (up to 22m I guess, but even 25 is not a problem).

I like 3-point shape a lot, as it allows variable radius turns so effortlessly I call that "lazy telemarking", and I guess I might like 5-point design (a.k.a DPS's PaddleTech) even better, but no overpriced DPSs for me.

 

The TST geometry is in 192cm: tip 120mm, contact point 133mm, waist 103mm, tail 124mm, radius 18.9m.

Norwalk geometry is in 189cm: tip 136mm, contact point 141mm, waist 116mm, tail 132mm, radius 21m.

 

I thought that Norwalk - being almost the same TST, just wider - is natural "upgrade" to TST, only a tad stiffer (TST they list as 6-7-6.5, while Norwalk is listed 6.5-7.5-7 tip-to tail, but I hand-flexed 179cm Norwalk and it seemed just okay). But then, a couple of years have passed from that time when I bought TST (deciding between pricier Praxis 9D8 and Blizzard Cochise/Bonafide), so I thought maybe some new and better technology already arrived?..

 

So, the question is: if I'll ski mostly back- and sidecountry, and mostly deeper snow, what wonderski is available in 115m waist range that has 3- or 5-point shape, some camber, tip rocker, twin tip but  NO tail rocker, has some carbon in it (no double-layer of metal please), is no noodle, and skis better than Armada Norwalk in softer-to-variable conditions?


Edited by combiner - 11/10/15 at 8:57am
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No one knows?

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Does anyone do 5-points that don't have tail rocker? Seems like the 2 go together.  

 

I demoed a Norwalk a few years back - seriously hated it but thought it was probably edge high so went back and told the rep he really should be tuning his skis better.

 

The ski I'd point at is the Whitedot Ragnarok.  http://www.whitedotskis.com/skis/r-118  also available in Carbonlite.  I like the trad feel more than the carbon as its a bit stiffer flex.

 

This is a 2nd gen design and not quite as Norse freeride loony as the original Fred Syversen design.  

 

(Full disclosure the guys at the company are my mates) 

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Ski logic.
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