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The big-mountain ski that rocks at the tip.

Even though you've moved past the days of ski bumming, you still slay the mountain as if you ski every day when you use the Armada Norwalk Skis. Made for aggressive big-mountain skiers who squeeze in their powder sessions between work and family, the Norwalks feature entry rockered tips, traditional camber underfoot, no tail rocker, and fat waists that make these skis stable at speeds that peel your eyelids back. Designed to drive through the end of turns, skim over choppy chunder, and rail long-radius turns through all sorts of terrain, this big-mountain ski makes you feel as if you have 50+ days of riding in under your belt this season even though it may only be the 10th day out.

Armada is all about durability and ensuring the life of its skis, so it gave the Norwalks 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 hardpack, techy terrain, or through early-season conditions.

This big-mountain destroyer also has 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 its 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 All Mtn Rocker (entry rockered tip with camber underfoot and no tail rocker)
  • AR50 sidewall construction
  • Hybrid ultralight core (wood)
  • Laminate Matrix technology
  • 114-116mm waist, depending on length
  • 1.7 Impact edge
  • 50/50 base

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Pro Tip: Also Great Bear Food

Pro Tip: Also Great Bear Food

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Snowbird, UT

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Oh the devastation!
I can't 'bear' it.
Don't destroy Armada!!

Awesome picture Than!!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!
(Errr....bearworthy ? ? ? )

I don't know if i muts to buy this skis...

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I don't know if i muts to buy this skis or other! I have been doing some research about this skis but i've never heard how they behave on track. I love go to the top of the mountain and start down the track, and just get out of it and ride the mountain, Candide Thovex style. (Sorry my bad english)

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Hello Sebastian.

This is a very solid all-mountain ski. It will be very good if you ski like Candide.

Here is more information about how the ski performs.

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2013-2014-armada-norwalk

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Hey Sebastian,

The Norwalk is a great ski (I bought them this season) but it sounds like you might want something more "all-mountain" oriented, such as the Armada TST, which can be found here:

http://www.backcountry.com/armada-tst-ski?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6VFNUOjE6MTpUU1Q

This ski will still offer great performance off the groomed runs, but will perform better in a wider range of conditions.

A great review of the TST can be found here:

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2012-2013-armada-tst

Let us know if you have any more questions!

Weapons of Mass (Pillow) Destruction

Weapons of Mass (Pillow) Destruction

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The perfect weapon for popping pillows in the Beartooth Mountains

Do you stock the norwalk169?

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Do you stock the norwalk169?

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We had some earlier this season, but we are unfortunately all sold out now, Adam! Sorry man!

Taking flight at The Bird

Taking flight at The Bird

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Fellow BC employee Brian Dobias gettin sendy into some Utah pow pow on his Norwalks

Snowbird, UT 2/20/14

*I should probably note that his heel is free, therefore his mind is as well.

5 5

Great POW Ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had the JJs for a few years and decided to make the switch to the Norwalks. I love the power the traditional tail provides while the tip rocker still floats in the deep and gets over the crud.

Great POW Ski
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agreed, the traditional tail is awesome after coming off the JJ and even Magic J

5 5

Great solid ripper!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up these skis last year as a deeper snow short-touring setup. Having come from JJ's, these are really similar, and if anything a bit more stable from the traditional tail. They have a longer sidecut than the JJ so wide fast turns at speed are no problem. The flex is great, very similar to the JJ but it feels a bit stiffer, once again likely due to the tail, but I like it. These make a great go to for big mountain riding, or anywhere a serious ski is needed.

Like all Armada skis they are bomber and extremely durable . Topsheet material resists chipping and scratching, the sidewall/cap hybrid keeps the weight down, and the nose rocker is just right.

I got the 189cm and put mfd touring plates on them, it worked out great so far. Im 5'10'' 180 lbs

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I Love Norwalks

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Norwalks in 189cm last year and like them so much I'm actually writing a review, (rare). I use these for cat skiing and find the normal camber tail a refreshing return to tradition from rocker tails. I grew up skiing classic camber skis and typically sit too far back so having a proper tail to rely on in a powder ski helped me a great deal.

I liked these skis so much I bought a second pair in 179cm for this season in the event that I encounter those dreaded heavy snow days and have to stay in the tight trees. That and I wanted to see how they'd ski differently on hard pack in a shorter ski... :)

Just like the name says these skis are great for when it starts to puke in winter!

I dont know if i should get the Norwalk's...

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I dont know if i should get the Norwalk's or the JJ's, can anyone help me?

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Hey Matthew,
They type of ski you will want depends on several things including how you like a ski to perform, and the features in a ski that are important to you. If you click on the "Talk to Gearheads" link on the top left of the website one of us will go into more depth about what makes the JJ and the Norwalk unique and find which ski will work best for you!

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Hi Matthew,
Both the JJ and Norwalk are amazing all-around Powder skis so I can see why it's tough to decide between the two! The main difference between these two models is the tail shape and rocker profile giving them each unique characteristics. The JJ has Armada's freeride rocker profile with rocker in the tip and tail and early taper giving it a loose and surfy feel. While the Norwalk has rocker / taper in the nose it has a solid traditional positive camber twin-tip tail, this gives the Norwalk a longer running length and a more powerful feel through the turn.
For more info I'd definitely chat with one of the backcountry gear heads like Carver had mentioned above to help make the right choice...

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Ryan's comments nailed it. I love the Norwalks because I'm a heavy user of my tails... I've found most tail rocker skis leave me on my ass when I try to get out of trouble with my tails but the Norwalks are always there for me. I liked them so much in 189cm last year that I have a pair of 179cm ready to be mounted this year for tight and heavy conditions.

5 5

My everyday ski

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

Love this ski and can't say enough good stuff about it. It handles everything you can throw at it and keeps you smiling. I took it on a trip down to Chile where we had varied conditions and it ate it all up, powder, crud, bumps. Definitely recommend this ski!

My everyday ski
5 5

ARMADA Norwalk

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Norwalk is a true Big-Mountain workhorse that performs phenomenally all over the mountain. The ARMADA all-mountain rocker gives the Norwalk a solid platform for charging on hardpack and variable conditions while the rocker / early taper in the nose gives it ample rise and float in deep snow conditions. The tip profile also loosens up the front of the ski just enough to help it through tight situations without sacrificing stability at high speeds. I found them light enough for big touring missions and burly enough for everyday resort Shredding...

Norwalk x AK

Norwalk x AK

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The Norwalks are skis you might bring to Alaska, they'll rip everything in sight.

walk it out

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a great choice for ski touring

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They charge...

I'm a big fan of the Norwalks, they have a very solid feel to them. They seem like they will stomp just about anything you try, and you can ski them very fast. Still though, they are playful in the powder, with plenty of rocker up front to keep you floating. This right here is a ski that combines fatness, stability, traditional camber, and rocker all in one. One of the greatest new offerings from Armada, you won't be disappointed.

How do people feel like this does for a...

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How do people feel like this does for a pure pow ski? I like to jump off small cliffs (<20 feet) and play in the trees, but I ski the bird so still plenty of opportunity to open a ski up. I like to be down in the snow on a big day so I tend towards skis around 115 in the waist instead of super fat options. So for a pow ski would you rock this or go up to the Magic J?

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You could definitely rock these norwalks for shredding pow at the bird. If you like to be in the snow, you will prefer these over the Magic J. They are solid for the entire mountain, and of course amazing in the pow.

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i would get last years because they are cheaper and you cant beat the astronaut graphics!!

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I'd give this ski the namesake of a "Mid Superfat" ski Mark. Not a 130mm but not 100mm, right in the middle. The 115mm waist will float like a pro, but allow you to engage your edges quickly for hard pack shredding thus giving you the best of both worlds for inbounds skiing.

Don't hesitate to call or chat in with any questions you may have regarding this or any other ski! 1-800-409-4502.

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I've selected the Norwalk as my ski for powder cat skiing, it loves powder and won't disappoint.

Hi my name is cameron and im thinking about...

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Hi my name is cameron and im thinking about picking up a pair of 2013 norwalks for this season. Im 13 years old and I weigh 105 pound and im a big mountain skier. I want a ski that is stiff so I can charge hard since im going to be doing big mountain and a ski that has little or no rocker in the tail but rocker in the tip. I would like a ski with camber under foot so it can hold a solid edge in any terrain.Since im not going to be skiing big lines and powder every day so I need a ski that can also hold up on the hardpack. Do you think this is the right ski for me?

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for sure man, go for it! Norwalks are sick, and pretty much exactly what you are describing.

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Hey Cameron,
I skied the Norwalk a ton this past season. This sounds like the right ski for you. It has some added width throughout for those deep days. The early rise in the tip floats well and the taper at the tip makes sure it doesn't over turn. It holds an edge in any conditions. Its my go to resort ski as well. Camber through the tail means you'll be stomping those landings with no worry of scooting out. Charge on man!

Hey Cameron, <br/> I skied the Norwalk a ton this past season. This sounds like the right ski for you. It has some added width throughout for those deep days. The early rise in the tip floats well and the taper at the tip makes sure it doesn't over turn. It holds an edge in any conditions. Its my go to resort ski as well. Camber through the tail means you'll be stomping those landings with no worry of scooting out. Charge on man!