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As soon as I saw the Armada TST I knew I had to have it, as on top of the unique shape, flex pattern, graphics and ideal dimensions, the ski is a tribute to one of Armada's team riders, Travis Steeger, who grew up skiing near my home ski hill of Red Mountain in Rossland, BC before he was tragically killed in a hit and run accident. Mad props to Armada for producing this ski to honor his memory.
In my quiver I like to have three skis. One for just playing around in the park, one for just the deep stuff, and one that's good all-around, and the TST is the ski that will be coming all over the world with me most often this winter. At 102 underfoot it's still wide enough to make me smile in deep pow, but also rips the groomers surprisingly well for a rockered ski, which is something that's important to me when I'm skiing in bounds.
The TST is one of the most unique skis Armada has ever produced, and from the company that's given us the JJ, ARG and Alpha 1, that's saying a lot. The ski is a hybrid of three of their most popular models, with the tip of the JJ, the sidecut of the ARV and the tail of the ANT. And the graphics, just like all of Armada's offerings, are extremely unique, with some aboriginal-like artwork that stands out wherever you take it.
A portion of the proceeds of the TST will be donated to Travis SteegerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Memorial Fund and the Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries Society, which provides free avalanche skill training courses for youth. So you know your hard-earned money is going to a good cause.
I'm 5'9 and rock the 183cm, which is a perfect length for me, as I find that anything shorter than 178cm (even in a park ski) makes me feel like an unstable snowblader, and anything longer than 186cm makes my knees cringe and beg me to head straight to the bar.
The TST has a medium flex patten that's ideal for all conditions, with a slightly softer tip than tail and firmer than both underfoot, making it excel all over the hill, whether you're floating on pow, charging the crud or ripping groomers in between.
I haven't been able to put a full season on the TST yet (as I only received them last spring), but so far, so good, and you can rest assured that any ski that has Travis' name is sure to be bombproof on the hill...just like he was.