The 2021 Armada BDog, a park ski. A review of Phil Casabon's signature park ski, including weight and full specs.
The Armada BDog was created for the park and the streets. Made for pressing and popping, let’s start off by emphasizing the skis' ability to do nose and tail butters. As we all know, Phil Casabon is one of the best butter skiers in the game, and Armada designed this ski for him to take things to the next level. They work at low speed and they hold up at high speed, very impressive.
This ski also provides a stable yet playful feel when cruising all-mountain terrain. When laying the ski on edge, it responds very quickly, thanks to the short turn radius allowing quick maneuvering and speed checks.
It reminds us the Armada Alpha 1’s, which later evolved into an early version of the BDog. This new shape feels like the ultimate evolution of that ski.
For the technical aspect, the Armada BDog is an asymmetrical twin with a rocker-camber-rocker profile. In plain English, it has a wider nose than tail with rockered tips and tails and some camber underfoot. The Armada BDog runs in the middle of the pack widthwise for an all-mountain/freestyle ski, with a solid 94mm underfoot that widens out to 121mm in the tip.
They are decently soft in the tip and tail. In my opinion, I would say its a 4.5 flex rating out of 10 (1 being the softest & 10 being the stiffest) in the tips/tails but has a decently solid platform underfoot, maybe a 6.5/10. The skis hand flex slightly stiffer than they ski.
Sizes: 164, 172, 180 cm
Dimensions: 121 / 94 / 116.5 mm
Weight: 1775g /ski - 164 | 1875g /ski - 172 | 1950g /ski - 180
Flex Pattern: 6 - 7 - 6
Catered to the press and pop mastery of Phil Casabon. Phil’s signature Circle Flex, super flexible tips and tails, accompanies “straight” sections in the sidecut where the pressing happens for maximum surface area and minimal hang-ups. Lock into that tranny in any park or urban setting, stomp, and repeat.