I ride ar6s from 06-07, and i love them to death.
they have a little chipping on the topsheets, but nothing that'll affect anything.
as far as flex, i'm a lighter guy (5'10, 135lbs) so for me, they are fairly stiff, but my brother who's a little heavier (6'1 165lbs) he says they are nice and soft, but that's compared to his pipe cleaners that are super stiff but poppy.
i would definitely recommend you go for armada, and ar6s specifically because the brand has been around for a while and they know their shit well. for my next pair of park skis i will look at armada first, then other brands