Expert Review: 2023 Armada Reliance 92 Ti Skis [with Video]Published on 08/28/2023 · 4 min readSki Expert Jessica Whittam tested the 2023 Armada Reliance 92 Ti skis on carving, freestyle, and freeride at Powder Mountain in Utah.
Curated Expert Jessica Whittam got her hands on the 2023 Armada Reliance 92 Ti and put it to the test at Powder Mountain in Utah. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but don’t forget, every skier is unique; if you have any questions on the Reliance 92 Ti or would like recommendations on what ski would be ideal for your needs, reach out to a Ski Expert here on Curated.
Before we jump in, a quick note that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands, all of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Armada claim about this ski? These skis are built with elongated tip rise and tapered rocker. The brand claims that this is to help the ski plane and make turns in deeper powder.
What is your overall impression of this ski? My initial thought on these skis was that they're really, really good on groomers. That was my first impression. I took them through trees, and here at Powder Mountain we finally did get a little bit of snow, so we have about a half inch of powder on the ground. So it is a little bit softer today, which was great.
How is the shape of the ski and the ski profile? These have rocker in the tips and the rest of the ski is camber, there's camber all the way to the tails. So again, I would say these are definitely the best on the groomers, and you can take them in light powder.
How is it on groomers? These have rocker in the tips and the rest of the ski is camber, there's camber all the way to the tails. So these are definitely the best on groomers. They are very directional and really rip up groomers, that's where they shine.
Any playfulness in the ski? I understand that Armada markets these as a big all-mountain ski, but I felt like they were just a little bit too stiff and not as playful as I wanted them to be. I am a park skier, and I ski Armadas, but I was a little bit disappointed in these. I thought they were going to be a little bit more playful, but they are very directional and they weren't responding as much as I wanted them to. But again, they are built with Titanal so they are a bit stiffer than some other Armada skis.
How is it for skiing switch? These are directional skis, so I would not recommend skiing these backwards or switch or anything.
How would it be in powder? These are going to be just for straightforward skiing in light snow conditions. I would say these are definitely the best on the groomers, but you can also take them in light powder.
How is its maneuverability riding in the trees? We took them into the trees a little bit, and they were a little bit stiff and harder to control. I do have a shorter length here. I am 5'7", and these are 163's I believe. So I chose a shorter ski for today, because these are a very stiff ski for the conditions that we're skiing today.
What terrain is the ski ideal for? These skis are very directional and they really do rip up groomers, that's where they shine.
Who would you recommend this ski to? I would recommend these skis to anybody from intermediate to advanced who's looking for an everyday ski and particularly likes groomers. You might find you have a little bit more control as an intermediate to advanced skier.
If you do like the ski, and you are looking for a stiffer, directional ski, I would say you should size down in these.
Who should avoid this ski? I would not recommend this ski to a beginner or anybody under 120 pounds, honestly, because this is a lot of ski. It's very stiff, so if you're not a very, very strong skier, the ski is not going to respond to you.
Remember that skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you want to find out whether these or another pair of skis are right for you, reach out to Jessica or another Ski Expert here on Curated for free, personalized recommendations on the best setup for you. Note that the 2024 version of the Armada Reliance 92 Ti is linked below - same tech, just different graphic: