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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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How does this work for a heavy weight? I'm...
How does this work for a heavy weight? I'm 6'5"/245/55yo looking for an easy skiing all mountain ski mostly for trees, needs to be stable for some high speed crusing , and not too much work for slow speed family days and light bumps.
I think it should work fine for you. Other skis in similar category are Blizzard Bonafide or Kabookie, Atomic Alibi, and Line Prophet 98 just to name a few.
I forgot to mention I'm 5'8 and weigh 125...
I forgot to mention I'm 5'8 and weigh 125 lb. would the 174 be a good length for me? And should I be considering the women's version?
I am looking for telemark skis intended...
I am looking for telemark skis intended mostly for touring and the occasional turns at the hill and am considering the TSTs 174 as well as the DPS Yvette 112 hybrid. I'm a strong skier, both tele and downhill, and ski open and treed terrain from mellow to very rugged and deep powder to wind blown and crust. I'm wanting a ski that will also make trail braking easier meaning the tips rise rather than sink and are relatively light.
Right now I tele on K2 Dawn Patrol 167 cm and find them too short. I downhill on Rossignol s3 178 cm and they are good fit.
I am seriously considering a pair of TSTs...
I am seriously considering a pair of TSTs for a new, powder oriented touring set up. I want something less specialized and more versatile than the Wailer 112's (something less expensive would also be nice), and think that the mid-fat 102 width would serve me well. I would be mounting these with Dynafit Radical ST's, which I've had on a pair of K2 Backups for the past two seasons.
In bounds, I ski Super 7's in the 188 length on powder days, Moment PB&J 188's as a crud/rock ski, and the Nordica Doberman Spitfire 176's as a front-side carver.
As a backcountry/mountaineering ski, I am tempted to size down to the 183 TST, but the reviews all say that is skis short. If it was going to be an inbounds ski, I'd go for the 192. Any advice?
I'm an aggressive advanced to expert skier, 6 feet, 180 lbs. I ski all conditions, but most enjoy steep couloirs and tight trees.
I find it funny that people thing they ski short, because I don't think they do at all. The 183 TST has been my daily driver two years and I really enjoy their light weight. I'm similar in height and weight and I've never thought they skied short. I think the 183 would be even better for what you want them to do (trees, etc.). People have really caught on that the TST is one of the best touring setups out there, I'm jealous of your quiver!
I owned the 183cm Tst for awhile and would have never wanted it any longer. Because of the stiffer non rockered tail I thought it skied plenty long.
I'm thinking about buying me a pair of...
I'm thinking about buying me a pair of TST, but I'm not sure about the length. I measure 6 '/ 175 lbs. Is that someone has already experienced the 192cm. Is it something long to ski with. Thank you
I'm a huge fan of the 183s and I think your height and weight would fit the 183 well. Like I said above, I don't think they ski short at all so the 183 would be perfect for you. I haven't skied the 192 though...but I sure haven't ever wished my TSTs were any longer. I'm 6'2" by the way and a very aggressive skier.
Does anyone know the main differences...
Does anyone know the main differences between the women's and the men's TST? I demo skied the TST men's and really liked it so I'm debating whether I get the women's version or stick with the men's ski that I tried. For reference I'm 5'10" and 125 lbs and a type 3+ skier. (was planning on purchasing the 174 legnth) THANKS!
I believe the only difference, besides the graphics, is the flex. I think the TSTW has more flex because women typically weigh less, etc. So I guess it depends on your style of skiing. I'd just stick with the men's version if you like them! Plus the men's graphics are cooler anyways...
Looking for an all mountain ski for the...
Looking for an all mountain ski for the east coast. Love the trees, bumps, crud, powder. Will these do well on the east coast ice and hard pack groomers as well, since thats what we get a lot of. Any other ski suggestions if these aren't the ones for me?
This ski has a great rocker for chewing through crud and a stiffer tail to help pop you out of bumps and cut through trees. It's got a nice camber to help you edge out on the ice... I definitely think this is the ski for you. I did get some chatter when I was moving through a really hardpacked/icy groomer at top speeds, but that's to be expected when moving that fast. I def think this would be a good choice for East Coast skiing.
I'm searchin' for more tail!
I'm searchin' for more tail!
Im wondering how these floats in powder compared to hell bents (I've got the 2011's)?
nice rocker up front to help you float... I'm not familiar with the hell bents, but I think this is a great all mountain ski that has fabulous powder performance.
Great West Coast Ski
Awesome ski for the West. Solid tip rocker that helps float in soft packed powder. At 102 under foot this thing rips! ARMADA #1
I am looking for a new pair of...
I am looking for a new pair of skis for this upcoming season. More of an All Mountain ski since it will be mostly east coast until possibly the spring. I was comparing the TST and the El Rey. I am 5'10 215 and was wondering what the best ski choice would be for mainly East Coast skiing with some West like Colorado and Utah in the mix as well.
This would be a good ski for you but I would also recommend looking at the Armada JJ and the Rossi Soul 7 for all mountain ski that do well in varied conditions. If you need some convincing about the versatility of this ski you don't have to look any further than the review left by Alex A immediately below.
Jake, the TST would make a great all mountain ski for the east coast. I ski them in Utah for all conditions in a 183cm
East Coast...West Coast? Who Cares!
I had my first runs with these skis which I bought while praying that they would not mush out. I was looking for one pair of skis to do it all. I normally ski on Volkls. Here is my low down of first impressions:
Skier: Advanced, racing background, 5'10/ 180lbs
Ski Size: 192cm
Bindings: Salomon Guardian 16
//Early season, mainly man made snow, hard pack to icy, some sections had golf balls and chopped crud//
I was astonished to see how the ski performed on these conditions. The skis gave me the same solid grip as my Volkl under foot. Although the turning radius is slightly longer the grip of the tail is very good...not to say awesome. The behavior at low speed is great and it carries its speed on the flats. I took it on an icy course with SG turns and it's surprisingly stable. It's not a race ski (of course) but it hold it's own. Does the tips vibrate at high speeds? A little, but this doesn't hinder the performance at all. It really shines when you are turning a radius between slightly longer than slalom and GS. I was also surprised when I took it in the golf balls. I thought I would be losing it because it is wide, but the skis tracked like there was nothing there. This is a very easy ski to put on edge and you don't need to fight with it. You only need to roll your ankles in, be centered on them and the front oversized portion of the tip will initiate the turn. The only little Oummff needed is when you are forcing the ski to go in a very short radius. It goes and it does it well, but you need to push on it a little. There was no tail slip what so ever on crud and ice. If you are worried about that big front rocker...don't worry about it. You'll be thankful of having it when the weather channel calls for 30" of snow.
Go and multiply!!...I'm very happy with these skis. My only downside, the weight of the Guardians ;)
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.
I ski both the TST and the Cochise and, based on what you describe, I strongly recommend the TST. The Cochise is a great ski for bigger, higher speed lines, but for me I found them not to be as nimble and playful when it comes to trees, bumps, and tighter lines. My TSTs are mounted with Dynafits and are my touring ski, but I ride them at the resort all the time as well. They do struggle a bit at high speeds, especially because the tip is so light, and they aren't quite as much fun in pow as the Cochise. Also, I think the tail could be a little stiffer as I've had them wash out on me in steep, higher consequence couliours. That being said, I've had no issue skiing up to about 16 inches of powder with them, but they start to struggle if the snow is thick or much over my thighs. I'm 5'10", 175 and ride a 183. It skies a little short, so if I wasn't using it for touring, I'd ride a 192. Bottom line, they are a great do-everything ski that will fit your needs perfectly. Oh, and as a final plug, Armada is just a great company that's always doing good things for the community. Hope that helps.
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