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Armada skis / General questions about sidecut
I am no expert and I barely have time to really ski anymore but I am obsessed and love to understand everything I can possibly learn. Just bought the ARV 96, 184, and I am interested in knowing how companies come up with their factory recommended lines. Is the -5 line (factory recommended) for a lot of Armada's skis the point on the ski that is the skinniest?
Why would a company put the skinniest part of the sidecut basically on the heal of most park skiers if they make park skis. If this factory line is the skinniest, it would logically lead me to believe that the ski would be incredible mounted at -5, why not move it up a little?
a little background: I am mostly an all mountain guy and will hit up the park where i used to basically live. I have my ARV 96 at -4 now (the shop fucked me over, long story, remount, they didn't listen to me or bother calling, I can't mount them anywhere else now) and I'm starting to research and realize that I'm most likely still technically in progressive riding position, i am like 70% all mountain, 30% park now.
On my 2016/17 ARV 96 there are two recommended mounting points one at -2.5cm and one at -4.5 or 5cm. Is this not the case with the newer models?
Yeah, I have the same ski, the two mounting lines are -2.5 and -5 (recommended)
Just posted about mounting positions in another post but you are good with the current -4 back Mount given your current all-Mountain/park riding preference. On the Arv 96 the -5cm back mount is the All mountain mount and the -2.5cm back mount is the “mostly Park with a bit of All Mountain.”
Most twins mount in the 3-4cm back range if it’s a 50/50 split between park and all mountain and that’s where you are now. You’re good!
List I used on the other post.
Center Mount- Best rail performance but sacrifice in other areas.
-1cm Back of Center- Good mix of rail and jump performance.
-2cm Back of Center- More stable at speed and better pop off jumps but sacrificing rail performance as it's not as quick to pivot.
-3cm to -4 Back of Center- Even more stable at speed, better carving capabilities while still decent in the park.(50/50 park and All Mountain)
-5cm to -6cm Back of Center- All Mountain mounting point of most twin tips. Stable at speed with great carving ability but not as easy to pivot or throw around in the air.(Mostly using outside of the Park)
All times are Eastern (-5)