The Curated Take
This is one of my personal favorite skis of all time. I'm on my second pair of them simply because once I had moved on from my first pair, I wanted them back so badly I bought them again. These are ideal for the intermediate, advanced, and expert skier who wants a ski that can really effortlessly excel at the technical skills like trees, moguls, and park, with excellent performance on the groomers and in the powder as well. Outside of it's obvious intended high points, what impresses me most about the ARVs is how well they handle things that you wouldn't necessarily expect them to be good at. I'm a FAST and heavy skier and these keep up with me when I'm bringing the heat. There's a very responsive camber underfoot that really holds at great edge at high speeds on the groomers while also giving good spring off the ground. The bases and edges are ridiculously durable to the point where I've skied over multiple rocks and roots and still haven't needed to the tune them. The powder flotation at 96 is perfectly capable right up until about 6" which you find yourself reaching for the 106 ARVs instead. I hope Armada never stops making this ski because my multiple pairs have treated me so well that I am always going to want a pair available.
- This ski is very versatile to a variety of disciplines
- This ski is the perfect amount of playful to make the whole mountain fun
- This ski is impressively durable to hard use
- This ski is not intended for carving
- This ski can be a little bouncy in crud
- This ski can be limited in deep powder
Armada's ARV 96 is ready to take advanced freestyle skiers anywhere they desire with flair and freedom to treat the whole mountain like a park. 96mm wide with big tip rocker and camber underfoot, the ARVs can charge groomed trails and slash powder fields with ease. They have soft tips and tails for quick, effortless turns and butters, while maintaining it's stability underfoot with reinforced edges creating the ultimate tool for freestyle versatility.
- AR Freestyle Rocker Profile – The ARV has a big rocker in the tip and tail with full camber underfoot, this allows the ski to charge and carve when needed, while always being ready to turn on a dime and playfully attack the whole mountain.
- Poplar and Ash Core – Armada combines lightweight Poplar wood with denser Ash wood to create a lively ski with enough power to stomp landings and maintain its stability at speed.
- 2.5 Impact Edge – The ARV 96 has oversized and heat treated edges, as a part of the full sidewall, built to have increased durability for landings, rails and boxes, and all forms of hard use. This sidewall runs for 75% of the ski, with less on the tips and tails, keeping swing weight down and allowing for smooth turns and butters.