Uh-oh, here comes Mr. Perfect.
Seldom does a ski come around that pleases the crowds like the can't-do-wrong Armada JJ Ski. This goodie-two-shoes has the girth and rocker of a pow ski, traditional camber and sidewall for hard, high-speed railing, and a flex pattern for both easy turning and straight-running. It's the fearless fat ski that can still arc a turn. A 115-millimeter waist and rockered tip and tail give it float; camber underfoot and AR50 sidewall make it quick edge-to-edge; and tapered tip and tail add lengthened stability and prevent tip from catching or tail washouts. This ski feels a little shorter and more nimble than its size would imply, but the actual length adds to the speed and float.
- EST Freeride Rocker profile with traditional camber underfoot
- AR50 Sidewall construction
- Hybrid UltraLight Core
- Comp Series Base
- Laminate Matrix directional fiberglass laminate
- 1.7 Impact Edge
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What hasn't been said about the JJ?
I almost replaced my JJ's this year...
But then a remembered their pure awesomeness and my huge lack of money, so they live on!
I'm pretty hard on my skis and these have lasted longer than any ski I've ever owned!
Pic from Alta a couple days ago (Dec.4th)
Lost in the whiteroom on my JJs
The JJs rip everything but they especially love pow!
Picture taken by fellow BC employee Than Volk on 12/3/13 at Alta
The one and only
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Let me preface my review by saying, Im speaking for the 2nd generation JJ I bought for the 09-10 season. Since then they have been skied for 60+ days a year out of a 120 day season for 4 years, more than a few core shots on base,rock dents on the edge, 3 mounts, and have been passed on to a friend in need last season, who's still skiing them to this day! Its quite the testament of quality to a ski that already gets the highest praise for how amazing it rips.
Well nothing has changed over the years as far a quality so I got another pair for the season and Im stoked to start fresh!
What can I say about the JJ that hasnt already been said over and over? All I know is if your looking for a bomber ski, that will last you years, ski amazing and tackle every condition, look no further!
The JJ will be your everyday ride, even if you live back east you can still rock this on deeper days and they can totally handle themselves on the groomed runs back to the lift.
Armadas early taper makes for effortless turns with no hooking, and also can make it easier to stitch through the tightest spaces with ease. With the perfect amount of rocker/ camber and flex it conquers the deep, and rips up hardpack. This marks another year of their super burly top sheet material that wont chip or scratch much, and is part of the reason I think my 09/10 pair lasted this long.
On the hill Ive seen everybody from park rats, to big mtn rippers, to weekend skiers to old men and ladies on JJ's and loving them!
No one is too old or young to enjoy such an awesome ski, so if you think the JJ might be for you, then I strongly suggest you give them a shot.
Would you suggest the Zealots or the Armada...
Would you suggest the Zealots or the Armada JJ's. I have heard Great Things about both. I am 6' and 150lbs. And thinking about a possible touring ski that also skis well on a groomer if i need to. Weight is not an issue.
Please see my answer on the Zealot page.
I would suggest the Armada JJ's. They are incredible. An excellent touring ski as well.
i use JJs for my touring setup. they're not light, but you said weight isn't and issue. i haven't skiied on zealots, but the jj's strike a great balance between basically everything: good float, good turning, good edging, not slowed down in mixed conditions.
Hey! If you haven't made your decision yet, I might be able to help! The 185 JJ is my everyday ski and I've skied the Zealot a few times for shits and giggles. Honestly they're definitely a bit different. The JJ is incredibly responsive, nimble, versatile, and playful. It wants to move around the mountain and enjoy the terrain where as the Zealot was a little bit more closed minded. It just wanted to go down. Not that it was tough to ski, it just didn't want to give any variety. It's much more about speed and charging lines (which felt shaky sometimes because when you start pushing this ski, the nose flaps all over the place). In a nutshell, they just didn't feel as responsive or playful as the JJ, but they also weren't the most comfortable ski at high speeds. So the JJ will give you the whole package, where I feel like the Zealot maybe charge a bit harder, but if you get in a sticky situation, the B.D.'s might not see you through it...
does anyone know where armada freeski...
does anyone know where armada freeski athletes (jacob wester, etc.) mount their jj's?
I dont Know where the pros mount them but i have heard that many people mount it a few centimeters back; espicially if you weigh more than 160lbs and are more agressive.
I'm pretty certain that JP Auclair mounts all of his skis at the factory recommended location.
Hi Armen, Jp mounts his right on the factory recommended line @ 5 back on the 185cm model and he designed the ski. Also freeski athletes like Tanner & Jacob run theirs right off the line as well. Have seen some athletes push the mount forward to 3.5 back but they definitely sacrifice all-mountain performance and are generally just using them for backcountry booters. The JJ is my fovorite ski ever, hands down, and I always ran them on the line...
JJ or the new Rossignol soul 7? Anybody...
JJ or the new Rossignol soul 7? Anybody demo these side by side or have any experienced JJ riders tried the soul 7 yet? I have skied my JJ's for three years and looking for a change so any comments appreciated.
JJ is still the king of all-mountain powder skis, it's the most versatile and playfull ride I've ever clicked into. Have rode the new Soul 7 and feel it's more of a directional ski than the JJ which is really balanced tip to tail and has more of a freeride feel. If you are looking for something new, I would check out the ARMADA Norwalk. The Norwalk has the same waist and rocker profile as the JJ in the Nose with a positive camber tail for all-mountain dominance.
Buy JJs. Stomp cliffs.
POV from a couple of my favorite cliffs
first skier isn't on JJs, but shows good perspective
hand draggin' on the JJ
JJ's on Mt. Shuksan
I am very comfortable using these skis in the mountains, at the ski hill, and everywhere else in between. The ONE ski quiver
the best... year after year
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
It will be hard to top the JJ's. Versatility is the name of the game with these skis, and I've still never tried anything that can handle all types of conditions as well as the JJ's. If you need one ski to do it all, and I mean everything from park, powder, resorts, backcountry touring, etc, this ski is the clear choice. Ask me a question about them...
Armada JJ Ski
Official Armada JJ Product Video
The JJ is the most versatile premium powder ski on the market. Built with EST Freeride Rocker, the JJ dominates deep snow and still rips the hard-pack on the way back to the lift. The JJ is nimble and fast edge-to-edge with a shorter turning radius than the Magic J.