Hey, nothing is a 10. All products can be improved, but this ski is as good or better than the best out there. The only why to know is demo a pair or buy em on faith. You won't be disappointed.
When I write Armada they respond with good, professional advice.
With the Salomon STH binding, I skied the 183cm TST in powder, crud,
groomed, and some other mixed conditions, including ice, 3 days in CO.
Handling and turning in powder and trees is like the 185cm Armada JJ
(that means it's exceptional!), but not quite as floaty. Balance and
pivot are near perfect. On harder snow and bumps the TST handles better
than the JJ. With the longer effective edge (no tail rocker, longer
camber, and stiffer), GS and shorter turns hold like you're on rails.
The ski is very fast and carves like a dream. The TST seems very stable at speeds on hardpack. Float
is great as expected - a bit more technique and finesse is needed than
with the JJ, but still awesome performance.
The topsheet is typical Armada and I like the graphic. The colors are different, with a little pink - it's ok. You know what you like...but they're covered with snow most of the time anyway.
Paid about what I expected for next year's ski.
The 183cm model skis pretty short due to the rocker tip. The manufacturer recommended boot placement seems a little forward. There doesn't seem to be much ski in front of you. I am 6'0" and the ski is just right for the conditions and places I ski. For pure big mountain ripping I guess the 192cm would be pretty cool.
When the Armada TST is compared to skis this light weight, it is moderately stiff. The rocker tip is not very stiff, but when you pressure the ski and put it on edge it has the feel of a much stiffer ski. It performs like a good GS ski. There is enough flex and softness to be effective in softer snow and uneven terrain.
Hard to tell at this point, but previous Armada skis have held up well. I don't bash them around the the park.