Capped skis till I die yo! Sidewalls are more expensive to make, but more expensive does not always mean better.
Aside form that, I don't think this ski is a good idea. It could go one of two ways:
1)It could use quality materials and be a sick ski. In this case, it kinda steps on the toes of the AR6 and ARV for a cheaper price.
2)It could use lower quality materials and be a not-so-sick ski. In this case it is relegated to just a price point ski and it tarnishes Armada's good name.
Seems like a lose-lose situation for Armada here, but that's just my opinion. Probably they will sell a million no matter how it skis just because it has the Armada name and more kids can afford it.
the el ray is an all mountain park ski.
it is for the people who dont want to throw down the big bucks for an ar6 or an arv.
i skied the 178s.
they were fun but they were a little heavy. they were amazing on the groomers; easy, flowing turns and quick edge to edge movement.
in the park they were alright..stable landings but they felt slow spinning.
anyways overall a good ski for its price
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