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Just the tip.

Fully rockered skis are the bee's knees when you're surfing untouched pow, but let's be real: more often than not, you're going to be skiing sections of fresh with a good amount of chop, chunder, and leftovers thrown in, so you'll be better of with a ski that has some backbone. Something like, say, the Armada Norwalk. Armada's big-mountain board, the Norwalk sports a generous tip rocker and a wide platform to make short work of deep and soft snow, but has camber underfoot and a traditional tail to give you plenty of turning power, edge hold, and stability when you're punching it down big faces or hammering through day-old chop at lip-flapping speeds.

Armada stiffened the Norwalk's Hybrid Ultralight wood core up with a fiberglass laminate matrix, which provides torsional and fore-aft stability without stacking on the ounces, and built it using AR50 hybrid cap and sidewall construction—there are burly, powerful sidewalls underfoot and a lightweight cap in the tip and tail—to provide plenty of edging power while keeping the ski nimble and the swing weight low. The sintered Comp Series base and 1.7mm Impact Edges keep you ripping and gripping, too, so you can send all the lines on your huck-it list without worrying if your gear can take it.

  • EST All Mtn Rocker (traditional camber underfoot with a rockered tip)
  • Hybrid Ultralight wood core
  • Fiberglass laminate matrix
  • AR50 hybrid cap and sidewall construction
  • Comp Series sintered base
  • 1.7mm Impact Edges

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Hi
I have been skiing Salomon Rocker2 108's center mounted for a few years. Since these don't have a rockered tail, I was wondering if the difference would be significant? In the way that they ski, and depending on where I would mount them. Thanks

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Michael, center mounting them would make it hard to swing around the tail of the ski. Would be easier to maneuver the tip but, it would feel like a hefty, stiff, and slow tail, creating a slow turn exit. I wouldnt recommend center mounting them, maybe a cm or 2 forward from where the factory recommends but, its a directional big mountain ski meant for that type of riding. If you wanted to center mount an Armada ski, I would take a look at the JJ. It does have a rockered tail and its softer all around so more jibby and easier to maneuver.

If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!

Bill Porreca
bporreca@backcountry.com
801-736-6398

I'm an advanced / expert level skier and am looking for a ski that can handle most conditions but really thrive in deep snow. Do you think the Norwalk is a good choice? I am also looking at last year's Volkl Gotama and the Mr. Pollard's Opus. Oh, I'm 6'2 and 200 lbs. What size for the Norwalk would you suggest?

Thank you,

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the Norwalk is a great ski for what you are looking for. It thrives on deep days, but has no problems being the daily driver. It's a lot of ski to drive, but if you are looking for something that size underfoot it is a killer ski. Let's talk more about where you are going to be skiing and I can get you set up with the correct size.

Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7582
dgates@backcountry.com

I'm tearing my hair out between buying a pair of Norwalks or JJ 2.0s. I'm 174cm tall, weigh 70kgs. Aggressive skier but like to play around on bumps etc, mainly skiing side and backcountry. However, I often have to ski on (as do we all!) icy, hard and chopped conditions. Which would you recommend would suit all variable conditions better? I assume in pow they float and turn almost just as well as each other...I'm mainly asking because I tested the JJ 2.0s in pow the other day and absolutely loved them but did not have a chance to test their stability at high speed on harder packed chutes etc. The Norwalks were taken by some other rat the whole day ;(

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So the JJ's are going to be more playful, the Norwalks, have less rocker, will hold better on ice. Both will have great stability at high speed, if you find yourself skiing in softer snow most of the time get the JJ's, harder snow most of the time, grab the Norwalks.

You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com

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I agree with Bill. I'd say it also depends on how you learned how to ski. If you grew up on long skis with traditional camber, you'll like the Norwalks' "real tails". If you can charge full gas with bindings center-mounted on full rocker skis, you'll like the JJ

Will the Marker Griffons mount on these with the 110mm brake, or do I need to find another binding?

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Hey nat105808858,

The 110mm size brake will work but you'll have to bend the brake arms a little on each side in order for them to properly clear the ski edge. If you aren't comfortable doing this yourself, you can bring your skis to a local shop and have them do it for you!

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Armada Norwalk

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A stiff, directional, very capable big mountain ski from Armada. I love the Norwalks for their ability to lock into a big high speed turn, and stomp the biggest airs you can take without wheelie'n out like you sometimes do on fully rockered skis. They go fast, so you better be strong enough to handle them, or they will handle you. A good choice for hard charging all mountain skiers.