Will travel, from Squaw to Jay Peak and everywhere in-between.
Take a road trip this winter and hit up multiple resorts when you have the Armada TST Ski. This all-mountain destroyer lets you ski deep Sierra pow, East Coast hardpack, and conquer steep, techy terrain like a freeskiing champ. Equipped with an EST All Mtn Rocker profile, the TST's entry rockered tip keeps you afloat in pow and on top of crud, while its camber underfoot and no tail rocker enables sick drive and edge hold on hardpack. With a waist dimension range of 100-103mm, depending on the ski's size, the TST performs equally well slashing tight trees in a foot of fresh or carving edge-to-edge on hardpack. The Hybrid Ultralight wood core makes this ski lightweight and nimble without losing durability.
In case you were worried about getting the
chatters at high speeds, the Laminate Matrix
technology (directional layering of fiberglass) provides torsional
rigidity and a smooth flex pattern you'll love. To ensure
durability and years of use, Armada gave the TST AR50 sidewall
construction to protect the ski's core against ski
abuse. Everyone knows blowing
out a ski edge can be a real bummer, so to help combat this situation, the
heat-treated 1.7 Impact edges make the edges both lighter and stronger. To top (bottom) it all off, enjoy the Comp Series base for smooth, fast
- Entry rocker with regular camber underfoot and no tail rocker
- AR50 Sidewall
- Laminate Matrix
- Hybrid UltraLight Core (wood)
- 100-103mm waist range
- 1.7 Impact edge
- Comp Series base
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Armada TST's in AK
I liked the TST in Alaska because they climb well, and go hard when I want them to.
Hi - I'm 5'11 180lbs, expert level east...
Hi - I'm 5'11 180lbs, expert level east coast based skier, take ~2 trips per year to UT,CO,WY. I'm looking for a ski that can serve as my east coast ski on deeper days/west ski, which I'm also planning to use as my AT setup (probably dynafit TLT radical ST bindings?). I've done some research and I'm torn between purchasing the 183'' TST or something a bit stiffer, like the Blizzard Cochise 185''. I tend to spend a lot of my time skiing trees and bumps, and I'd probably still use my Volkl Kendos for thinner icier days. Any expert advice would be much appreciated, thanks in advance!
I found that this ski is plenty stiff for almost anything you can throw at it. The rocker in the tip will help it turn quickly in the bumps and trees while helping to keep the ski afloat when skiing pow. The camber under foot helps this ski rail turns with ease and the ski is pretty stiff going back from the rockered tip. This ski is also lighter than the Cochise and in my opinion is a better ski for a dynafit binding. The tips on these will get some chatter when skiing fast through crud or on ice but the rest of the ski will still be responsive. Both skis would do well back east on pow days and out west most days.
Im 5'7 and 115 and I'm an expert level...
Im 5'7 and 115 and I'm an expert level skier. I'm really torn about what kind of ski to get. I'm looking for something that can float but still rip at high speeds on groomers and varying snow types. Would the tst be a good fit? If not do u have any other suggestions?
Zach - where do you ski? Do you like stiffer skis or something a bit more playful? If you want a charger that floats, I like the new 4FRNT Devastator...
...and the Blizzard Cochise.
The TST is a great ski but you will get a lot of flap in the tip if you are not in soft snow. The Cochise and Devastator are pretty big radius skis, so if you want something a bit more turny and a touch softer you could also check out the Salomon Rocker2 108...
If you're on the east coast and need a narrower ski,the Rocker2 and the Cochise both come in narrower waisted versions that go by different names but are essentially slimmer versions of the same ski.
TST is an awesome choice for an all mountain ski that ready to shred all snow conditions. IT's very light weight making it extremely playful in deep snow and nimble through tight trees.
The other Ski that I would recommend for a little more stability at high speeds on hardpack days would be the ARMADA ARVti. Skied these all last season and they are incredible. 99 mm waist with a little bit of early rise gives you plenty of float for the deep stuff then add two sheets of metal for stability at insane speeds. Not to mention they're built by ARMADA, the best thing to happen to skiing since the one-piece. Check them out:
I am a woman 5'3, 110. I think choosing...
I am a woman 5'3, 110. I think choosing a TST 156cm. I'm not an aggressive skier, but I like to turn. Is it the right choice? What is the weight?
(You understand that I write for my girlfriend)
I am about your girlfriend's same size but 10 lbs heavier and an advanced skier. Based on what you describe, I think she will be happiest on the 156cm TSTw. (This men's model isn't manufactured in this length, so you will have to head over to the TSTw)
Click here: http://www.backcountry.com/armada-tstw-ski-womens
The weight of the 174cm TSTw is 7.95 lbs, so I would think the 156cm length should be somewhere around 7 lbs for the pair of skis.
I'm looking at getting this ski as an east...
I'm looking at getting this ski as an east coast all around, so lots of hardpack, some trees, bumps, etc. I'm 5'8", 160lbs, and was looking at the 174 length so it will be somewhat nimble. Anyone have any recommendations?
Hi Phil. I just got TST's. If you are planning on doing mostly hardpack, I would definitely recommend that you go longer than shorter. I'm 5'10 183 lbs and I bought 192cm and I'm glad I did. The reason for this is that front rocker is quite present. It's roughly 33cm or 12.5'' from the tip to the beginning of the camber. Therefore with a 192 you don't get 192 but roughly 183cm. The tail has good stiffness to hold you in place. I would say 85% of a Volkl Mantra. Therefore, if you buy too short you might as well buy ski blades. I don't know your ski level but one thing is for sure. It's really annoying not having a solid support when conditions are hard. Hope this helps you in your decision. My only concern are the tips vibrating at high speed because of this front rocker. If I have issues, I'll try to meet my buddy Ryan Moore on the chair lift and have a Mano a Mano discussion on him tilting my decision to buy these skis
Hi Guys. Can someone tell me how they...
Hi Guys. Can someone tell me how they handle on steep and icy conditions. I want this to be my all mountain ski and I'm ambivalent between TST and Line Prophet. I'm quite advanced 5'10 183lbs. I will be selecting the 192cm. I'm afraid of squishing the juice out of these. I ski all terrains easily and I want a ski to hold his own in any condition. Any recommendations? Is the TST a good choice?
Look no further, the TST sounds like the perfect ski for you. With the vertical sidewall construction under foot the TST will tip and rip in the hardest of conditions. Definitely would not worry about squishing the juice out of these bad boys. ARMADA athlete JP Auclair is about your same size and skis the TST 183 as his all-mountain ride and Chamonix as his home mountain, the 192 will be plenty burly. Not to mention the killer nose rocker all out POWDER shredding...
I'm looking to invest in a new...
I'm looking to invest in a new pair of skis this for this season. I am considering either the TSTs or JJs. I'm 5'8" and 145lbs, I like to ski very aggressively for a girl and I race too, so I'm very good technically. I'm also hoping to compete in some big mountain comps this season. I'm fairly strong and have been told that I would be good to ski up to a 185 length but am a little unsure about it.
Any thoughts about which ski and length might be best?
Howdy India, I ski both the TSTw and the VJJ and I think I can give you a little insight about sizing. The VJJ (and the JJ) ski CONSIDERABLY shorter than the measured length because they are fairly rockered in tip and tail.
I am a 5'3" & 120lb expert/aggressive skier and I typically ski in the 168-172cm range. I was absolutely totally comfortable on the 175cm VJJ because it skied so short.
However, the 174cm TSTw felt like a much longer ski when compared to the VJJ. The TST does not have rocker in the tails, so it feels like a longer ski. I had a much harder time controlling the 174cm TSTw than the 175cm VJJ.
In summary, the JJ skis quite a bit shorter than the TST in my experience. I hope that helps. I think you would be fine on the longer JJ, but just know that the TST is a bit more ski to handle (stiffer too - which you may appreciate as a racer).
Tordrillo mountains, AK
TST coming down the line in Alaska
While not ideal for high speed big mountain descents, the TST is perfect for technical mountain riding, where its important to maintain control over every turn. Mounted with Dynafits, they are the ultimate choice for ski touring/mountaineering
when in doubt... go with the TST
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This past spring I brought my TST's with me to Alaska for a month, on a trip where weight was an issue. I could only bring one pair of skis and bindings. I decided to bring these because I knew they could handle every snow condition on the planet. I always feel so confident with these on my feet and it doesn't matter if its deep pow or solid blue ice. The TST's have become my go-to ski for touring, ski mountaineering, or resort laps.
Hi, my name is Jack and I was thinking...
Hi, my name is Jack and I was thinking about getting the TST. I am 5' 4" and about 100 pounds. I ski big mountain and compete and am a fairly aggressive skier. I would like to be able to get 2 to 3 years out of this ski as I still am going to grow. I heard the they ski a tad short so I wondered if I could ski the 174 or if I could get ski the 165's for 2 to 3 years. This will be my only ski. Also, are the Armada Norwalk's an option as well? Thanks!
Jack, don't know if this helps because I am a female, but I may as well share my 2 cents with you. I am 5'3" and 120 lbs, I found the 174cm to be a tad too long for me though I am an aggressive, expert skier. The tails are rather stiff, and only the tips are rockered, so you don't lose too much effective edge, though they do feel a bit smaller than a non-rockered ski of the same length.
It's possible that you are stronger than me, though I do weigh more. My guess is that if you are still growing, you probably won't be able to squeeze multiple seasons out of this ski on the 165.
I have tried both the 174 and the 165 and was substantially more comfortable and confident on the 165.
Jack, because you are still growing, and you want to get a few years out of them, go with the 174cm. They may be a bit long at first, but you will figure them out quickly and fall in love. They don't ski as short as the other armada pow skis.
ARMADA TST 2013
ARMADA's all-mountain machine in action. The TST does it all and begs for more, finally the one-ski quiver is here...
Armada TST Ski
I'm thinking about the TST as a PNW...
I'm thinking about the TST as a PNW backcountry ski. Going to use it on spring/winter days touring, on couloir's, some open faces etc. I was planning on mounting with Dynafits, does anyone have any recommendations for other ski's I should look at? DPS would be the obvious choice, but I'm trying to save some $$...
I'm quite an aggressive skier, a little concerned the turn radius on this makes it only really suitable for resort skiing? Anyone ski'd in PNW wet snow conditions?
The TST makes an incredible touring ski, nice and light for climbing with an aggressive alpine backbone. The early rise and taper in the nose makes it extremely stable at speed in variable conitions and positive camber through the tail gives you a great platform for skinning. I think it's everything you're looking for...
I skied the TST with Dynafit in the PNW last year and they were solid. good choice
Me also, skied these all last winter in the PNW mounted with dynafits. Nothing these skis cannot handle from deep pow to hard pack they are awesome.