• Armada Alpha 2 2008

      • Review by Blurst on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
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      • Review:

        Overall

        Overall this is a fantastic ski for the park. This is my fourth pair of park specific skis and these have been my favourite. Good pop, low swing weight, great stability and wicked flex make this the best ski I have ever owned.

        Performance

        This product has performed extremely well for so far. From jumps to rails these things kill it! Super easy to carve off of lips on jumps and a low swing weight make these things an awesome jump ski. Switch riding is also very nice on these, it feels very natural compared to skis that i have had in the past.

        On rails these skis are also very fun. The early rise in the front and back make doing presses on these much easier than traditional park skis. Nollies are also very easy to do on boxes and onto rails and park features. The low swing weight with these skis make doing switch ups and spins on and off much easier as well. I was worried that with such a long ski I would have problems doing switchups and spinning onto and off of rails. This has not been the case with these skis.

        When it comes to riding normally at first it was a bit weird because of the reverse sidecut and the early rise but within a few runs I had adjusted and they were great. They ski well on groomers but not fantastic. I live in Ontario so all I have skied with them is park and groomers so I cannot say how they do in pow or crud.

        Design

        The graphic is a bit to bright and busy for my taste but other people seem to like it. With the reverse sidecut they look very different from a normal ski prompting many comments from gapers and friends alike.

        Value

        I paid $600 Canadian for these skis and it was definitely worth it. They ski incredibly in the park and are super durable. In the case of this ski you get what you paid for and more.

        Fit

        The fit that I got was great. I am someone that likes a longer ski and the 182 size is perfect for me. At a height of 5' 10" it is just above my head. The ski feels shorter than it is because of it's early rise and the fact that I have my bindings center mounted. For my liking I think that the size down would have been too small.

        Characteristics

        Although this is a fairly stiff ski because of the early rise doing butters is no problem. At a weight of 150 I was concerned that this ski would hold me back from doing butters but do not worry. On jumps the flex is very stable and landing is extremely easy. When i purchased these skis I thought that because of the early rise landing on jumps would be more challenging but very much to my liking it was not.

        Durability

        Within one month of riding my suspects last year the edges had already begun to fall out. With my brand switch this year I was worried that they would not be durable and would suffer the same fate as my suspects. This has not been the case so far this season with this ski. After about 40 days of riding purely park (about 60% jumps and 40% rails} these skis are still holding up well. They are still poppy and so far I have no edge cracks or pullout.

        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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    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • Alpha 2
    • 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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