In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt M
Read our preview of 2021 Armada skis
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.
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By: Matt M
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Don't be stressed this gift-buying season. Why not? Because the skier in your life isn't.
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2020 Armada Tracer 98 Description:
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.
2020 Armada Tracer 98 Specs: