Expert Review: 2024 Armada Declivity 92 TI Skis [with Video]

Published on 11/12/2023 · 5 min readSkiing Expert Hayden Wright tested the 2024 Armada Declivity 92 Ti skis in the carving, freestyle, and freeride categories.
Hayden Wright, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Hayden Wright

Curated Skiing Expert Hayden Wright got his hands on the 2024 Armada Declivity 92 Ti 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 Armada Declivity 92 Ti 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.

Brand Claims

What does Armada claim about this ski? [Hayden]\ Armada claims that this ski can handle any type of snow condition. Whether it's soft, a little bit of powder, or if there hasn't been snow in weeks, you can still take the ski out and it checks out.

Overall Impressions

What is your overall impression of the ski? [Hayden]\ My overall impression of the ski was that it holds true to Armada's brand claim. I skied it on a tracked powder day, towards the end of the day, where I was finding some powder stashes, but was mainly staying either on groomed runs or tracked powder runs. And this ski handled it all great.

How does the shape of the ski affect the way it rides? [Hayden]\ It has quite a bit of early rise in the tip, which is going to really help the ski excel off-piste.

Carving

How does the ski turn? [Hayden]\ I was able to lay some carves on the groomed runs and off-trail in the moguls.

What is the edge hold like? [Hayden]\ These skis have tons of camber underfoot. They hold edge like a dream.

What about dampness? Any chatter in the skis? [Hayden]\ I didn't experience too much chatter at real high speeds, just a little bit on the tip, but nothing to get concerned about. They hold edge great.

How is its energy/acceleration? [Hayden]\ I thought these were really energetic and super quick edge to edge, especially for being above 90 millimeters in the waist.

Freestyle

How is it for freestyle skiing? [Hayden]\ As far as freestyle goes, this isn't Armada's freestyle-specific ski, but don't let that fool you, it can still be flipped, spun, and jibbed.

Could you speak about playfulness and pop? [Hayden]\ The Declivity 92 Ti has that camber underfoot, so if you are ripping those groomer runs and want to pop off some of those rollers safely, it’s got enough pop for you and it's going to do the job.

Is it good for skiing switch? [Hayden]\ It has a little bit of a rise in the tail, so you can ride the ski switch on-piste.

Can it handle the park and what features is it best for/should avoid? [Hayden]\ I would not recommend landing switch in any ungroomed or off-trail jumps. This is not going to be the ski for that.

Freeride

How is it for freeride skiing? [Hayden]\ As far as freeriding goes, this was a fun ski. It's great all over the mountain.

How is it in powder? [Hayden]\ We had it at the end of a powder day, so we didn't get to ski pure, untracked pow. However, we did find the pockets and stashes in the trees, and this does great.

How is it in uneven terrain and chunder? [Hayden]\ At only 92 millimeters underfoot, I think it felt great in the moguls. It does have a little bit bigger of a shovel, so if you have to make a couple of quick turns, it's not going to be the quickest one in the moguls.

How is it skiing in the trees? How is its maneuverability? [Hayden]\ These skis really shined in more of the open glade runs versus those tight bushwhacking runs.

What terrain is this ski good for? [Hayden]\ Where this ski really shined was from the top of the chairlift all the way to the base of the mountain. Regardless if I was staying on the groomed runs, trying to lay big arcs down the groomers, or even getting a little curious and popping off into the trees and bumps, this ski does everything really well.

What terrain should skiers avoid with it? [Hayden]\ Again, it is only a 92-millimeter-waisted ski. Even though it does have a good-sized shovel and a little bit of an early rise, you're not going to want to ski this on a powder day.

Recommendations

Who would you recommend these skis to? [Hayden]\ This is for the skier that doesn't know where they're going to be skiing throughout the day. This is a great ski if you're skiing maybe 75-80% of your day on the groomed runs, but you still want performance off-trail.

Who should avoid these skis, are there better options out there for them? [Hayden]\ If you are just coming out of rentals, the Declivity 92 Ti might be a little bit too much ski for you. Consider the slimmer version and the one that doesn't have any titanal in it, the Declivity 88 C, which will be much more forgiving. The 92 Ti is more dialed and tuned for that intermediate to advanced rider who is skiing at faster speeds and needs that edge hold and stability, whereas the 88 C is more for beginners. If you're looking for something you can tour on, maybe try the Locator from Armada. That one's going to be more dialed, where it is an inbounds outbounds ski, as opposed to the 92 Ti, which really shines inbounds.

Skis work differently for different types of skiers. If you are wondering whether the 2024 Armada Declivity 92 Ti 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.

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