In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt McDonald
The Blackout Shift
Since becoming part of Amer Sports two years ago, joining Salomon and Atomic, Armada has maintained its unique brand identity. 2020 Armada skis and gear continue to do so (seriously...they've got an edgeless urban rail ski in the lineup...), but with one major exception.
The Shift binding, released this season by Salomon and Atomic, gets tagged with an Armada logo and painted all-black for 2020. So for next season, customers get the industry's most popular binding with three color options—and a slew of skis that would be great matches. In the Armada lineup, the Tracer series (which gets a new core for 2020) and the ARV JJ 116 Ultralite are prime skis to be paired with a Shift.
Fresh topsheets for the ARV and ARW lines.
ARV JJ 116 ... Continue Reading
2019 Armada Tracer 108 Description:
With the elimination of the Kufo series, Armada had to bring something to satisfy those back-country powder hounds. What they decided on was the Tracer series that is light weight and reinforced with Xrystal Mesh to keep things both light and stable. This ski is just at home on the resort as the skin track. An AR75 sidewall gives you the benefit of sidewall under the foot, but leaves 25% of that sidewall as a cap construction to keep the weight down. If you are looking for a tool to crush the mountain and dabble in the side country, or looking to ditch your pass for the back country; The Armada Tracer 108 is a great option for those in a constant search for powder.
2019 Armada Tracer 108 Specs: