• Armada ARV 2008

      • Review by Nippolas.Cage on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
      • Review:

        Overall

        I thought that these skis held up really well everywhere but the park.  They did ok in the park, but everywhere else they did amazingly.  They weren't really playful, but that doesn't change the fact that they're a great all mountain ski.

        Performance

        Groomers: 10/10  These skis hold up very well at high speeds on groomers and are fun to cruise around on.

        Crud: 10/10  These things charge through the crud.  The first time I skied on these was on after it had rained a little and frozen over.  There was a breakable crust.  The ARVs handled incredibly well on this.

        Powder: 8/10  I don't have much experience with fat skis since I live on the east coast, but we had a great powder day and these skis did very well in it.  They were a little heavy, but they were fat enough to stay afloat for the most part.

        All Mountain: 8/10  These skis aren't the most nimble skis which make them a little tough in the bumps depending on your weight and size compared to the ski.  The ski is very tough and if you can handle it it's a very good ski.

        Park: 6-7/10  These skis aren't very nimble and are fairly heavy and stiff.  Don't get these if you're looking for more of a park ski.  They can stomp the landings very well but the swing weight is a little heavy.

        Pipe: N/A  I don't ski pipe, and even if I did I couldn't really here on the east coast right now.

        Design

        I like the design, but that's a lot easier to tell whether or not you like without trying out the ski.

        Value

        I got a great deal on these skis off backcountry.com with a discount code too.

        Fit

        I got the 175's.  They are a good fit for me (I'm 5'8 and 130 lbs).  At first they felt big because my last ski was a 163 Nordica Superchargers.  Those skis had a super flexy tip and were small for me so I was used to a ski that was really easy to control.  After the first few days I got used to the ARVs.  Now they aren't hard to control at all.

        Characteristics

        These skis are kind of stiff.  This makes it great for holding up at higher speeds and charging through the crud.  It also makes it less playful.

        Durability

        I would give the durability 10/10  The only problem I've experienced is slight chipping of the graphics, but that might just be because I click my skis together.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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    • Name:
    • ARV
    • Manufacturer:
    • Armada
    • Year:
    • 2008
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
    • Park
      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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