Whether you ski out East, in the Rocky Mountain West or PNW, or somewhere in between, you probably like the sound of an everyday off-piste ski. That is how Armada describes the Tracer 98. So let us unpack the claim. As an off-piste ski, the Tracer 98 is more versatile than zip-off shorts (not to mention way cooler). It is light enough to groove up a skin track, even if you need some sketchy kick turns to get to the top of your line. The weight savings (the 2019-2020 version comes in 12 percent lighter than the 18-19 Tracer 98) also means you can zip through tree alleys in mixed snow or burn back bowl hot laps all day without destroying your quads. Freeride rocker and a surfy tip shape ensure a ripping good time when fresh snow falls. As to the everyday applications of the Tracer 98, that is arguably when the ski shines the brightest. Adaptive Mesh technology, a variable angle weave along the length of the ski and underfoot, dampens vibrations and offers stability on hard snow without adding a bunch of weight. As a result, the Tracer 98 carves and snaps edge to edge with energy and support. Everyday? Check. Off-piste? Check. Armada is right. Similar skis: Elan Ripstick 96, Head Kore 99.