Expert Review: 2024 Armada ARV 100 Skis [with Video]Published on 11/23/2023 · 5 min readSkiing Expert Hayden Wright tested the 2024 Armada ARV 100 skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Curated Skiing Expert Hayden Wright got his hands on the 2024 Armada ARV 100 this spring. Check out how it performed in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories, but consider the fact that each and every skier is different; if you have any questions about the ARV 100 or need recommendations on which ski would be best for you, reach out to a Skiing Expert here on Curated.
Before we get started, it's worth noting that Curated Experts are not sponsored by any brands. All of these reviews are completely unbiased.
What does Armada claim about this ski? As a new ski, Armada claims that the ARV 100 is the all mountain jammer. From park to peak, this is going to have your back.
What is your overall impression of the ski? My overall impression of the 2024 Armada ARV 100s was that it was a ton of fun! My personal preference for a daily driver ski is anywhere from 100mm underfoot to about 104mm, so this is definitely on my radar for a daily driver.
I had this thing all over the mountain: in the park and out of the park. We even got to ski some untracked powder on this 100mm waist ski, and it held its own great!
How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides? The ARV 100s have the AR Freestyle Rocker, Karuba core, beefier 2.5mm edges, and an all new feature: “wedgewall”. Armada 3D prints this and then they integrate it in the core while they're doing the pressing of the skis. They're hoping it's going to create a very durable ski. I had about two and a half days on these and they're still holding up great. I know that doesn't really speak for it, but I'd be interested to see how they're going to hold up throughout the season. The ARV 100 is going to be a little bit softer than the little brother, the ARV 88. I found that it wasn't too soft, and it actually created a slightly more playful ski.
How does the ski turn? I skied the ARV 100s in the 179 length and they have an 18m turning radius. These things have tons of camber underfoot, so they did great on the hard pack and are super good carving skis!
What is the edge hold like? They held an edge great even though they are softer than the ARV 88.
What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis? I didn't experience too much chatter, but we did have pretty soft conditions. If you're skiing on a really hard condition day, they would probably have just a little bit of chatter, but nothing too much!
How is it for freestyle skiing? The freestyle capabilities of the ARV 100 are limitless! These things love the park and side hits.
Could you speak about playfulness and pop? They love popping moguls. When you find jibs around your resort, these guys are going to be an absolute blast!
Is it good for skiing switch? They are a twin tipped ski, so we got to ski them switch and even skied them switch in a little bit of tracked powder. They definitely skied switch in tracked powder better than the ARV 88. So if you're looking for more versatility but still want park capability, consider the ARV 100s.
How is the ski with jumps? I found that the ARV 100s were really stable on takeoffs and landings.
How is it for freeride skiing? I got to jam these all over the mountain. They were super fun in the trees. They did great in the moguls, and were easily maneuverable in the trees. They were awesome!
How is it in powder? If it's more than about a 6+ inch powder day, these can hold their own. But, they're not going to be the best option for you.
What terrain is this ski good for? The terrain that these really thrived in was a couple inches of tracked pow all over the mountain. In my opinion, it's a pretty versatile ski being 100mm underfoot. With a little bit of that early rise in the tip and tail, there's really nothing on the mountain they can't handle.
What terrain should skiers avoid with it? If you're strictly just going to ski park and you're not worried about any kind of performance outside of the park or off groomed runs, the ARV 100 might be a little wide for you.
Who would you recommend these skis to? I'm recommending these to any skier that doesn't strictly ride the park but wants a ski with park capabilities. Let's say you're at Copper Mountain and you want to jam some runs up top and then go through Woodward - these would be the skis for you!
Who should avoid these skis, there are better options out there for them? If you're only skiing park or you ski the East Coast or Midwest where the powder days aren't as frequent, these just might be a little wide for you.
Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the ARV 100 is the right ski for you, chat with Hayden or any other Skiing Experts here on Curated, and they’ll put together free, personalized ski recommendations on the best skis for your needs.