• Armada Arv 86 2016

      • Review by tomatonater on Mar 19, 2017 @ 11:19 AM
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      • Review:

        Alright so here's my review of Armadas ARV 86.

        So first off, these skis were demo skis with demo bindings, so all in all they were -5mm from true center. The skis were very nice and had a good feel to them

        Groomers: on groomers the arv 86 is fun. It's turning radius (18 m @ 177) is a lot of fun to be on, and they hold an edge pretty nicely. They have a little weighted feel so they aren't going to go all over the place on your way to the park or blasting down groomers with your friends. There was a little bit of chatter due to the rocket, but that never bothered my and they didn't feel like they were going to wash out.

        Powder/fresh snow: The mountain I was skiing at (Snowshoe, WV) had gotten about 5-8 inches of fresh snow, and the skis did alright. The taper in the tip and tail cut through crud, and a little bit of fresh snow isn't anything that the rocker can't handle

        Park: this is where the 86 truly shines. I've been riding wider skis for the past couple of years and I was surprised. I thought the 86 would be your stereotypical jump and tail ski, but this thing slays everything. It's got a really nice buttery flex in the tip and tail, and it's super solid underfoot. I hit a few smaller jumps and the skis perform amazing, and they felt so solid on switch takeoffs. It felt like I had no chance of catching my edge, even with the edges not being detuned. I got these skis on rails and they are also super fun. They grip really nicely and are a breeze to spin on, despite being a little on the heavy side. Super easy to get buttery with too. My line chronics I had to put so much effort into butters, but with the 86's I was able to really get over those tips for greasy nose butters on groomers and knuckles.

        Overall: these skis are great for the park skier who's looking for an amazing park ski, but wants to ski the whole mountain. Who's looking for a narrower ski that feels like a wide surfy ski at the same time. These things are the bomb!

        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:
    • Arv 86
    • Manufacturer:
    • Armada
    • Year:
    • 2016
    • Gender:
    • Neutral
    • 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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    • Ski Size
    • 177 ( 116-86-110 )
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