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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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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


  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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!

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