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If you stay inbounds and want a ski that will do it all, this is for you.
The ARV is a fantastic ski if you want just 1 ski for everything a ski resort will throw at you. Out of bounds and in the backcountry I don't think it quite cuts the cake, it's too narrow for pow all the time. It's amazing in the park and through the trees as well as groomers, and performs well in powder, but if you ski powder a lot you should go with something fatter.
The graphics are awesome for that year's model... just look at the picture.
I bought them for $890 and I think I got ripped off, since I got them late season, but that's my fault.
I have the 189's and I think they are a little too big for me. I'm 5'10" and 190 pounds. I'd much rather have 185's
These have quite a bit of flex for an all-mountain ski, maybe a little bit too much... handles great in the pipe, but that's to be expected from Armada.
Top sheet chips easily and the base if prone to core shots as well, but nothing a little p-tex can't fix.