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you cant always expect an instant reply......... give it a day
can u be more specific with yourself and your question ?
I know a female about 5'6" abnout 130 lbs on 2008 / 2009 ARW's 166cm. She is a great skier and she rocks on the ARW's. The ski behaves justy like the Armada webside rates it . You don't want to go in more than 8 inches of pow, it is a great all-mtn go anywhere park & pipe ski , great on harpack and as good as can be on ice, good in the fresh and chop and slush. I've seen her tear down slopes where they hold races.
The ski comes with 2 mounting lines fwd (park) and regular. If u decide to mount at the fwd line the ski goes into spins and switch real easy. The ski can carve. If u read up on it u will find that the ARW is designed as a lightweight AR6 which is VERY park & all mtn proven. Fun and good for a finesse skier yet has pop. Really works for her. Has a durable park base so it could be faster is it had race base. Her other skis were Salomon 1080's and they were way worse on hardpack and ice with chatter.
U can ski all day anywhere with it except in pow or deep pow. Get ARVw or ARV (stiffer) instead if you get lots of pow. If u can find an AR6 to demo, the ARW will be noticeably lighter and softer Get a light weight binding - maybe Marker Griffons it makes a nice pkg / swingweight .. Ity really is like the website rates it...
We have both in our family. AR6 has a different core (aircore 1) and ARW has a lighter core(aircore2) and the tip waist and tail dimensions are the same. ARW is softer and lighter.
http://www.gnomes.co.nz/image-viewer.php?p=630&c=1&v=front 2010 ARW picture
Buying a ski that fits is more than just a person's height and getting the length even though thats a good general rule - chin height intermediate, nose for good skier and top of the head for experts / Pros . U always have to factor in strength, aggressive and how athletic they are... and how much effort they want to put into a day. And of course your weight - that's just the physics of flexing a ski. If u over flex a ski it's no fun, it noodles out.Then u may want to think about what happens when an intermediate skier gets on a pro ski. Some times they step up to it and sometimes it kicks their butt.
Sarah Burke moved over from volkl to ROXY to make a whole lotta skis for women - it may be a good place to look. Volkl also has some womens skis, but they are generally stiffer. http://www.roxy.com/family/index.jsp?cp=2818171&categoryId=2818144&f=Taxonomy%2FROXY%2F2818144&fbc=1&fbn=Taxonomy%7CSkis
Armada has the ARW in a 161cm length but they also have the Cantika in a 150cm , 157 etc.... and that is a cap construction all-mtn park pipe ski (not pow) http://www.gnomes.co.nz/image-viewer.php?p=626&c=1&v=front 2010 Cantika. I hear the Cantika is easier going do everything ski.
U may want to consider (sorry) the Jr ski Armada CODA, comes in 136 to 150cm if u are light weight and easy going. http://www.gnomes.co.nz/image-viewer.php?p=627&c=1&v=front 2010 Coda
It's all matching it up to have fun so u can stay out all day and learn more tricks... good luck
get the arw's or the coda. they both make a hieght for you. cause i found a pair of each in my size. chea.