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Description

The big-mountain powder chalice.

A pow-crushing, pillow-stomping, big-mountain gun, Armada's Magic J Ski is Tanner Hall's powder ski of choice for obvious reasons. By beefing up the dimensions of the JJ and moving the contact point forward, you get the same ease of turning and high-speed stability of the JJ, but in a wider platform that is able to handle the ultra-deep days and work their way down pillow lines with ease.  

Equipped with an EST Freeride Rocker profile (rockered tip and tail with regular camber underfoot), these bad boys allow for smooth, fast, sweeping turns down big lines or long groomer runs. Armada is all about durability and ensuring the life of its skis, so it gave the Js a Hybrid Ultralight wood core and AR50 sandwich sidewall construction for a high strength-to-weight ratio that you can count on when you're charging down floaty pillow lines, variable snow, or through technical early-season conditions.

These all-mountain destroyers also have Laminate Matrix technology (directional layering of fiberglass) that provides a smooth, even flex pattern and torsional rigidity for stellar performance in a variety of snow conditions and terrain. In addition, you'll be grateful for the lightweight, strong 1.7mm edges that have been heat treated for durability and 50/50 bases that offer a just-right blend of speed and durability.

  • EST freeride rocker (rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot)
  • AR50 sidewall construction
  • Hybrid Ultralight core (wood)
  • Laminate Matrix technology
  • 125mm underfoot
  • 1.7 Impact edge
  • 50/50 base

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Unanswered Question

im 6 foot and 130 pounds looking for a hard charging big mountain ski love big lines and deep pow would this ski be good for me

5 5

Great for Tele

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Basically, these skis are made for the powder - no surprise there. Easily managed and quickly responsive in the soft snow. I have these skis mounted with a tele set up (22 Designs Axl), and they have just enough camber underfoot to really charge while you drop a knee. They only downside to the ski, is that you lose some of that quickness and agility once the snow starts to set up...but I don't think that is any surprise given they are marketed as a powder ski with the dimensions to match. So, I don't think they are a one quiver ski, but I wouldn't trade them for anything else on a day when the snow is falling. Also, I found that it doesn't need to be puking for the Magic J's to perform - even a couple of inches will make these skis and you happy (as we unfortunately experienced many times this last year in the Wasatch). I ski the 180 cm skis, and am 5'11.
PS - I have last year's model, but it seems that the only change is the graphics between the two years

I am 5 foot 6 inches, is the 170 cm a good length or is it too long for me?

Responded on

Depends on what you currently ski on and where you intend to ski and how you ski!

Feel free to hit me up at bporreca@backcountry.com or 801-736-6398.

4 5

Great for powdery pillow lines

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this ski thinking it would be a versatile ski. After spending a few weeks at Revelstoke and Mt Baker I found out this ski has major limitations. The Magic J does make pillow lines amazingly fun and jumping/hucking in powder is effortless. I was actually amazed at how easy it is to land in powder and the long tails allowed me to have a lot of control on pillow lines. That being said, once I hit any sort of ice or hard snow, the ski did not perform well. I had a terrible time trying to get an edge on hard snow which made it miserable to ski. I also noticed that the skis liked to catch on ice crust and non-uniform snow conditions and the long tails made it awkward to ski moguls and tight trees. The ski is very maneuverable in certain conditions but can also seem sluggish in others. The non-uniformity of the ski responsiveness between different snow conditions was disappointing and probably due to the amount of rocker in the ski combined with the width and that the mounting spot is really far forward. If you are thinking about buying the Magic J, its going to perform amazingly in nice powder but you will want to put them away for any other day.

I would give this ski a 5* powder rating and 3* for everything else.

TLDR; IMO great ski for back country jibbing or pillows but lacks the versatility that many other skis provide.

5 5

ARMADA MAGIC J

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Magics are my favorite skis from Armada. My go-to pow ski, I can go in the park if I want to as well, and they handle groomers just fine. But once I take them into the pow, their preferred environment, they seem to unleash the power of a lion in me and I feel like I can do anything.

Responded on

I'm looking at last years model, I can only get them in a 170 and I am 6'1. Is that gonna be to small? I want to ride them all mountain, some powder and some park. I have a massive pair of Pontoons for super deep days.

Responded on

Those are going to be too small. I am also 6'1 and I ride the 180cm but would never go smaller. You'll want the 180cm at least.

Responded on

I just skied my first day this year on last year's model in a foot of new powder in Oregon, 190cm. I'm pushing 6' and weigh about 220lb. I have also been resort skiing a BD Verdict 180cm and Line 105 186cm. Even at 190 they are pretty playful and ski quite easily, but I also did just go from tanks to these. I would definitely not go at a 170cm at your size. My early impression is that these are great skis, though. I hope that helps some.

Responded on

I just skied a powder day at Sugarbush yesterday. We have a soft 50" base and got another 8 inches of blower powder yesterday. I whipped these bad boys out on the second run and had a smile on my face until 4:30 when we got done with the Last run. I am 5"10 185Lbs and the 190s feel small to me since they are mounted so far forward. I love having the tails so long and buttery! We cut fresh tracks in the woods all day, and I was amazed at how fast I could whip these large skis around. I also ripped a couple groomers with 6" of wind buffed powder on them at full speed and really loaded these up in the turns and had amazing grip once you get them over a little! The only downside to this ski, is traversing with it. You cannot duck walk with these and skating requires a lot of room and energy. I found myself side stepping a lot more than usual. But that's the same surface are giving you float, so it an unavoidable dilemma in my mind. Overall, for what is designed to do, I think this ski is Top notch! If you are skiing Ice, or windswept gnarly lines where you don't know what you are going to encounter, the Magic J might not be your ski. But if you want the funnest toy to whip out when the snow is falling like Armageddon is around the corner, give me the Magic J!

THall

THall

He's so comfortable on his magic's, that he charges pillow lines without using goggles.

Tanner Hall: Stepping up

Tanner Hall touring on his magic J's, and skiing some asinine shit!

Responded on

Hell ya! Nothin like sendin a line to charlie chaplin!

ARMADA MAGIC J

surfy

Responded on

Love watching the Provo Brehs rip! I've been riding on JJ's for the last year and just snapped one on a pillow line. I fell in love with the ski and immediately got another pair for my everyday driver. It's easy to accidentally find stumps, branches, and rocks in Colorado's low snowpack. Really leaning towards snagging a pair of Magic J's for bigger/faster pillow and huck lines to get that extra bit of float. I'm 6 feet and around 160 pounds. Would you suggest going for the 180 or 190? Whats the difference in feel aside from turning radius? Also I've heard different things on mounting points. I mount my JJ's on the line. Was thinking about moving these up about a cm (mostly for buttery purposes and quicker speedchecks on tight pillow lines). Thoughts?

P.S. Loving the insta pics from Uintas. Keeping my backcountry psych levels high.

Responded on

Im about the same size. I used to ride the 185cm JJ. The first year of the Magic J's, I rocked the 190cm. I loved them, they are super fast and maneuverable. I decided to try out the 180cm the next year. I like having a little more maneuverability with the 180, and they have more float than the 185cm JJs. They are incredibly playful in this size for me, but I do notice that I wash out a little more on bigger drops. Its all about landing in the sweet spot with these skis. I usually mount 1cm forward from the line. hope that helps! You'll love the magics in either size.