• Armada ARV 2004

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

        Due to their weight and flex, they are about a B+ in park.

        They are, depending on where you mount them, between a B and an A- in powder

        I give them a B- in crud and ice conditions, as expected.

        Overall, they are worth of a solid B rating. Nothing too special, but they are certainly fun skis.

        Performance

        Very good in the park and powder. The soft flex allows them to butter really well, and hold some floatation in the park. They arent big fatties, but they are just fat enough to keep really nice floatation (especially if you're on the lighter side) and narrow enough that they dont get in the way doing jibs. Really really nice in the park, especially on jumps. Really light, and can pound out landings well. I have Mojos on them and they are really nice and light, and make the ski oh so fun. They arent as good i the crud, or at super high speeds as I would like, but they are incredibly fun for mashin treelines, and on those 4-9 inch snowdays.

        Design

        Really nice dimensions with  89 underfoot in the 165, 92 at 175, and 95mm at 185cm length.  They are definitely a little bit directionally minded, with a much larger shovel in the front than in the rear, so they clobber things going forward, yet, they have enough in the tails to still do switch skiing fairly easy. They arent that great if you're to centermount them, so I suggest not mounting them higher than 2 back of center. Also, the mounting lines tend to be off on these earlier gen. armadas, so be sure to measure them for mounting.

        Other than that... i'd say they are a pretty sweet design. plain wooden core, sandwitch construction... abs sidewalls. Perfecto..

        although.. i will say, the bases dont seem to be the burliest in the world. Edges are fine, but i've definitely hit some things that have taken bits out of the base, but everything just stopped at the core.. didnt even penetrate anything but the base...

        Still.. everything i've done is realy easy to repair. so they are still a fair deal.

        Value

        If you find these around still, snag them, because you'll probably find a fantastic deal on them. If not, at least go for the 06 or 07 models, which have different sidewalls and lighter cores. Perhaps better bases as well.

        Fit

        I got the 175 length. Its pretty good for those between 140 and 170 lbs. or, if you're under about 5'10. If you're 180+, I say go for the 185 length, if you're under 5'8 or so, or superflyweight, go for the 165 length.

        Characteristics

        Definitely one of the softer skis out there. Really easy to throw around and butter on. Allows a little more floatation. Not as stable at high speeds as many skis in this all mountain mid-fat genre, but definitely a good offering for those who are going to be spending more time in park and powder than ice and big steep deathlines.

        Durability

        Other than my petty griping about the base (which was really only torn up during early season powder with sketchy snowbase) they have held up well. Slight chipping on topsheets, but nothing that serious at all. In fact, they have held up remarkably well. The edges are burly and really nice. They are really soft, but seem to be holding up really well even when i'm hammering full speed through rough terrain.

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

        Overall

        Very good ski, I used to have fujatives and those were pretty good as far as park, just not as much in the all-mountain catagory and I got a core shot with those. If your under 160 pounds these will do you well in any condition except maybe ice where they're not that spectacular. On a 1-10 scale I'd give a 7 ice 9 park 9 pow and 10 for all-mountain.

        Performance

        They're really good if you're lightweight(under 160). They kill in the park, I'm able to do sweet switch 3s and I'll be working on my 5s this season. As for all-mountain performance:AMAZING.

        Design

        I think it's a cool design. They're like wide, all-mountain park skis.

        Value

        ummm I got them for $210, so I'm pretty happy with the deal

        Characteristics

        soft in the front stiffer in the back stiffest underfoot

        Durability

        no edge cracks in the 10 days I've been hitting S boxes

        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
    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • ARV
    • Manufacturer:
    • Armada
    • Year:
    • 2004
    • 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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