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
By: Matt McDonald
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Shopping for the powder chasin' rad dad? The Nordica Enforcer 110 will give him all the float and ... Continue Reading
2019 Armada Tracer 98 Description:
Armada rolled out the Tracer family last year, and ski testers loved their versatility. Lightweight but strong as resort skis, worthy backcountry tools, and ideal for people who want to split their time between on- and off-piste terrain about 50/50. The 98 is the most versatile Tracer and the ultimate daily driver in the line, game for any terrain on the mountain. For 2019, a bit more rocker and a tweaked taper profile give you more surf, float, and playfulness. Lightweight wood in the tips and tails keep the ski maneuverable and surfy, while hardwood and titanal reinforcement underfoot give you power and stability.
2019 Armada Tracer 98 Specs:
|Rocker:||All Mountain Rocker|