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Deep thinkers.

The Armada ARG Ski turns recreational users into serial abusers—if you haven’t experienced Nirvana, then the reverse-camber, reverse-sidecut ARG is the next best thing in deep pow. Hello slarvable floaty goodness, goodbye trench-tired-thighs. The ARG’s unsinkable reverse-camber shape owns the light and white like Jonny Depp in Blow, and the easy-turning, speed ditching, smear-able reverse sidecut offers new options—think going faster—in tight trees and tight spots. Armada included a touch of regular sidecut underfoot to help you navigate the hardpack on the way back to the lift line, but as long as you have few inches of pow to play with, these easy-floating bad boys tackle crud, mank, and chop better than you old go-to planks.

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5 5

Best Powder Tool on the Planet!

Bottom Line: This is truly a powder specific ski. Forget about all of your 120, 130, or even 140mm underfoot traditional powder skis. Traditional sidecut in powder does not make sense. This is a fully reverse sidecut ski. What does that mean? If you look at the dimensions to this ski, its skinniest point is actually in the tip and tail, while the ski is fattest directly under the skier. The ski is also fully rockered. Enough with the ski jargon...what does this all mean? It means that this is hands down one of the best powder specific skis on the market!

Pros: This is a fairly stiff ski, but its rocker makes it very playful, allowing the ski to do everything from straightlining a couloir to nose-buttering a 540 off of a pillow. As long as there is some sort of fresh snow, this ski will absolutely destroy it. This ski makes powder skiing effortless. This makes crud skiing more fun. This makes groomer skiing...horrible.

Having the sidecut of the ski reverse gives the ski a far lesser swing-weight. This makes the ski really fun to spin and flip with. This really is a great backcountry jib ski. The reverse sidecut with rocker also gives the ski very little tip to be deflected by wind buff and crud, allowing you to charge crud very easily.

Cons: As I said, this truly is one of the best powder skis ever made, which has made its ability to ski groomers horrible. This isn't like a traditional powder ski, where the only thing that makes it imprudent for use on groomers is the width of the ski. Atleast on a regular powder ski you are able to power through a turn. On these skis you cannot engage the sidecut on a groomed run, instead you have to make "windshield wiper turns", pushing out the tail of your ski to slide a turn around. Its not a big deal, just don't bring these skis when there isn't fresh snow. You do get used to it and they aren't too bad. But then again, that isn't what this ski was meant for, so it didn't effect my review negatively, just something to note.

For all of you neigh-sayers that have not tried fully reverse sidecut skis yet, it is time for you to give these things a shot! They seriously charge hard. And if you are too afraid to try something new, I put my dad on a pair of these at Powder Mountain this year...he could not believe how awesome they were in fresh snow!

4 5

ARG on Corduroy

Picked up a pair of ARG's in late April. Didn't want to wait till next year for a pow day to give these water skiis a go. Traversing was hell (you can't predict where the skis are going to go on the cat-tracks), however carving the corduroy was better then anticipated. I wouldn't call it enjoyable, but rather manageable.

On a side note, I came accross a 40 foot, 4 feet deep water puddle on my way down Whister...cleared it with ease.

Can't wait to this use these for what they were design to do.

ARGs in spring crud - Squaw

ARGs in spring crud - Squaw

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ARGs are an ideal tool for deep/heavy spring corn/crud thanks to their (relatively) narrow shovel.

5 5

A surfboard for each foot

The reverse sidecut / reverse camber set-up makes skiing variable snow (crust, mank, powder) unbelivable. I havn't been on r/r in a while, and forgot how they rule these conditions. These skis will make any turn shape in powder, and provide tons of float. The farther back you mount these (-7 vs -5) the more they ski like a traditional ski. At -7 they still pivot with ease.

First off I'm from Europe so big dumps are...

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First off I'm from Europe so big dumps are not common here too often during the winter, but I'm planning to go to Canada next season.

I fear my Line Prophet 100 will not be enough to ski through deep powder also because I'm using only the 172 cm length cause I love to ski trees over here.

I'm only 5'7 will the 185 cm ARG be too long for me and a little bit too hard to handle and turn also in the trees?

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I'm not positive because I haven't skied them, but everything that I have heard about the ARG's say that they are extremely easy to turn in the trees because of the way they are shaped. Also, I have the JJ's in 185, which are probably harder to turn quickly and I have no problem with them in the trees. I'm pretty sure the ARG's are made for what your trying to do. Unless you weigh less than like ~ 145 I wouldn't worry about it.

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Actually my weight is about 140-145 pounds but I'm a good skier, guess this ARG's should work for me...Thx for the answer.

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If you ski aggressively, there should be no problem with using these in the trees, the reverse camber makes them ski effectively a size down, but you can not sit back and expect them to turn for you. That being said, the first time you take them in powder, it will blow your mind.

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I like 'em

These skis are rediculously fun. They have the perfect amount of rocker to keep them afloat in powder. Really low swing weight makes them quick and nimble in the trees and in billygoating situations. Once they're up to speed in soft snow it takes minimal effort to flick them sideways and slash around. I enjoy that they have a stiffer flex too, makes skiing the cut up stuff more managable than some of the other reverse camber skis out there. Just a tad of sidecut underfoot to make the groomers more manageable than a full reverse sidecut

Is this the same as last year's ARG?

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Is this the same as last year's ARG?

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Yep, same skis as last year, just a different topsheet. Same dimensions, base material, core material, etc. Just updated with a new graphic.

5 5

Epic powder boards

These skis are all time. The shape is very unique. They are a little tough on groomers, but if you are looking at these skis you won't be riding them on groomers anyways! They SLAY the powder. These skis will do anything you tell them to. If you want them to float on the top, they will. If you want them to dive deep, they do. When you are turning in powder, it is extremely effortless and surfy feeling. The deepest powder day of my life was spent on these skis, im glad I had them because I was able to float in neck deep pow while most others were stuck in there own tracks.