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The limited series big-mountain ski that rocks at the tip.

Sure, that tree-pocked chute looks a little steep ... and tight, but the Norwalk Ski doesn't give two double-flips about all that. The Norwalk has tip rocker only, traditional camber underfoot, and a fat waist, all three of which make this ski stable at speeds that'll peel your eyelids back. This ski drives through the end of turns, skims over choppy chunder, and rails long radius turns through all sorts of terrain. It's a big-mountain destroyer and a member of Armada's LTD Series of skis.

  • EST All Mountain Rocker gives this ski a rockered tip to help it plane above deep snow and power through choppy conditions and traditional camber underfoot for precise control on the harder stuff
  • Hybrid Ultralight Core is a wood core with high-density wood stringers to stiffen longitudinal flex and lightweight wood that boasts a high strength-to-weight ratio
  • AR50 Construction uses cap construction in the tip and tail and sidewall underfoot for the ultimate balance of reduced swing weight, increased durability, and powerful edging
  • AR50 Sidewalls increase torsional rigidity which translates into powerful edge hold
  • Laminate Matrix layup increases torsional rigidity and provides further reinforcement above and below the core so you can ride the Norwalk hard
  • CK Stringers add to tail durability while giving this ski pop that's essential for ollieing over obstacles or powering through the end of your turns
  • 50/50 Base provides the most ideal balance of speed and durability
  • 1.7mm Impact Edges are thick enough for all-mountain riding and light enough to reduce swing weight noticeably
  • 114-116mm waist provides plenty of flotation, a wide, forgiving platform to muscle out rough cliff drops, and all the stability you need to mach over chewed-up post-storm conditions

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5 5

This is the best ski I have ever ridden

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used everything from K2 Hellbents to Line Blend which I also like. The Norwalk can charge through everything with armadas elf shoe technology, the one thing I really like is that it has a traditional tail so no early rise this helps when landing in all conditions also with landing back seat. If you want a ski that can go from jumps in the park to booking down groomers to popping in and out of the trees to the steepest and deepest powder line and throwing down massive cliffs (with a very low swing weight) in the back country this ski is for you!

5 5

Bomber

I've been riding the 189 Norwalks and have been blown away by them. I have a pair of the 185 JJs and thought they would ski fairly similar being that the dimensions are quite close. But they are a totally different animal. The rocker in the tip gives you all the float you could want in pow. The camber under foot and through the tail gives it amazing stability at speed and great response coming out of the turn. the thing rails. Stomps landings, performs in the trees. It's been my go to resort ski for any conditions. I just put a Tyrolia touring set up on it and its been my go to touring set up. Super bomber. Maybe not the lightest set up on the walk up but so much confidence on the way down. With the camber in the tail the thing stomps airs like crazy. I was super impressed and surprised by these skis.

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If i am 6"0 @ 140 Lbs. and i go for 179's...

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If i am 6"0 @ 140 Lbs. and i go for 179's do you think that is too much ski for me? i am a fairly agressive skier and would like them for side country skiing.

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Considering your height, thats a good length

5 5

Comin through in the Clutch

No sure how someone could say this ski "sucks and could not handle speed." I couldn't disagree more. These things are happy at 70 mph and still feel incredibly stable at that speed (thanks alpine replay). With the Armada JJ, another amazing ski, you have camber only underfoot and a rockered tip AND tail. This makes the JJ super playful and easy to ride switch, but also means you won't be able to get quite the edge hold on hard pack as a full cambered ski. Solution?....along comes the Norwalk.....Almost the same ski as the JJ from the waste to tip, but instead of Rocker in the tail, you have camber almost all the way back and less side cut. I found this to greatly improve the skis stability at high speeds driving turns compared to the JJ. The rocker in the tip lets you plow through crud and maneuver through trees with the ease and steez, and the wide platform and elf shoe tip absolutely destroy powder.
I'm 5'10 165 lbs. and I ski on the 189 with Rossi FKS 180's, and feel like this length is perfect. I debated the 179 briefly, but if you've ever skied a rocker profile, you know they ski quite a bit shorter than a traditional cambered ski. I mounted mine only 2.5 cm back from center (recommendation is 5 i think) so they would be easier to ride switch. At first, initiating turns switch took a bit of getting used to, once you get a feel for it they are very forgiving and easy to ride and land switch.

Bottom line: this is a hard charging ski that will handle anything you throw at it. Crud, trees, corn, groomers, and most importantly powda! You will need to drive these skis and they aren't as forgiving as the JJ, but damn.... these things rip.

Would this be a good ski to put the Marker...

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Would this be a good ski to put the Marker Duke on?

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Ya. I just put a Tyrolia touring set up that looks super similar to the Duke on my Norwalks. It's my charging touring set up from now on and it's been bomber. You may not be as fast as a guy with dynafits on a TST going up but you'll blow past him with confidence on the way down

5 5

Hard charging but forgiving big mtn. ski

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

I have been skiing on the 189 Norwalk for the past week and love the way it feels. It looks really big but has relatively low swing wait in the tip and tail. It is also much lighter than a lot of skis that are its same size. It skis everything really well from tight trees to big open turns and even rails on groomers. I would recommend mounting on the factory line it skis best at that point.

5 5

Great ski

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have mounted tele NTN Freeride bindings onto the 189cm. I am 6'1" 185lbs and enjoy charging down the mountain. This is a great tele ski from Armada because it offers a rockered tip with camber throughout the rest of the ski to help hold on to those tele turns. No need to get the JJs since a double rockered ski isnt that great for a tele skier nor do i plan to ski switch in powder...

Oh and the graphic on these skis makes me feel like the Red Bull Stratosphere sky diver... pretty sick!

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Brad,
Can you tell us where you mounted your Freerides (I assume)?

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I mounted them at the recommended mounting point on the ski. It has worked great for me.

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What are the weights?

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My old 213 Kastle Super GSM's from 89-90 seemed to work just fine all those days at Steven's Pass/Blackcomb for deep, high speed powder, crud, chunder, windpack, concrete pwder, you name it. Then I mounted up the Dynastar Course 210 GS skis with Riva's and use Merrell super Comps and still could do no wrong on that set up. These new skis are incredible, but where do you draw the line? I could ski Tunnel creek 5 times a day before night lift shift and not see anybody all day. The fatter the skis--the fatter the crowds in the backcountry. No good.

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Oh , yeah...get off my grass, you kids!

Norwalk

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A new ski from Armada this year, its a beefed up version of the TST. A versatile hard charging ski that is lightweight and rigid.