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Ski powder to groomers.

Pretty darn close to balanced perfection and just for the ladies, the Armada TSTw Ski glides through deep days, drives hard through choppy day-after conditions, and lays trenches in groomers as needed. Equipped with an EST All Mtn Rocker profile, the TSTw's entry rockered tip keeps you afloat in pow and crud, while its camber underfoot and no tail rocker enables sick drive and edge hold on hardpack. With a waist dimension range of 99-101mm, depending on the ski's size, the TSTw performs equally well slashing tight trees in a foot of fresh or carving edge-to-edge on hardpack. And due to its Hybrid Ultralight wood core, the TSTw is super durable, lightweight, and nimble.

As far as avoiding 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 TSTw 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 TSTw has heat-treated 1.7 Impact edges that are light and strong. Oh, and if you live to go fast, you'll definitely enjoy the Comp Series base for smooth, fast acceleration.
  • Entry rocker with regular camber underfoot and no tail rocker
  • AR50 Sidewall
  • Laminate Matrix
  • Hybrid UltraLight Core (wood)
  • 99-101mm waist range
  • 1.7 Impact edge
  • Comp Series base

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I need something to play and teach in. I'm...

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I need something to play and teach in. I'm 164cm, 60kg and want something to take me from nursery slopes to park and backcountry. What do you reckon? I was also looking at the k2 miss demeanors.

P.s. Also looking for bindings

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Greetings Annie - thanks for the question.

I've got these skis and they are definitely a very versatile choice, a good bet if you are looking for something that is going to excel in most conditions. A true quiver ski.

One thing to note, I am nearly just your size and I found that these skis didn't ski as short as I expected them to. The 174cm was a bit unmanageable for me, though I am a fairly experienced, aggressive skier. I was significantly more comfortable on the 165cm, which surprised me. (I am 5'3" and 120 lbs).

These aren't going to be your best pick for park because the tails are somewhat stiff and the waist is a bit fat for park around 100mm, so that might be something to think about. You want a symmetrical (or very close to symmetrical) ski for park so that you can easily ski switch and the swing weight is even. It takes an advanced skier to take advantage of the stiffness of these tails in the park for landing jumps and using that stiffer flex to pop higher. The wider nose on this ski is going to mean it isn't super applicable to park skiing.

If you want more info, check out this review I wrote.
Additionally feel free to chat or call in to grab recommendations on bindings, our Gearheads would love to help!

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

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I will agree with Lexi. Both my wife and I found the Tst's to ski long. She is 5'6" 138lbs and very aggressive and the 164cm was all she needed. We do ski a lot of tight mogul runs though and that next size up would have been a little to burly in the tail.

Also agree with her about the park, but not sure how much influence park has on your decision.

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Hey Annie,

The TST is a great all-around ski and I hate directing anyone away from Armada, as I love their gear. But... if you want to ride the entire mountain including park, the TST might not be the way to go.

You want a park ski to be fairly symmetrical so it will perform equally as well going forward as switch. The TST, with a 116 tip and 99 tail is extremely directional and will not perform as you wish while skiing switch. Park skis also ride better when mounted at, or close to, center. This lowers the swing weight and makes spinning, rails, switch riding, etc a ton easier. Since the TST is directional, if you did try to center mount it, you would be fighting against the sidecut instead of letting the sidecut work for you. The TST is AMAZING at everything... except for park unfortunately.

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Thanks everyone. It's good to know I shouldn't upsize. I'm not too serious about the park, I only tinker every now and then so this wouldn't be a big problem. The stiffness in the tail doesn't bother me either as I am used to skiing GS skis.

As an all mountain ski though, do you reckon this trumps the k2 miss demeanor?

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Hey Annie!
The K2 MissDemeanor will be significantly more applicable to park skiing. It's more of a freestyle ski that can also handle all-mountain conditions. This is really probably going to come down to a question of how much time you want to spend in the park.

I personally haven't ridden the MissDemeanor, but I can attest to the versatility of the TSTw. From the looks of the specs on the Misdemeanor, I think it's going to be a very solid choice that will serve you well in a variety of terrain and conditions.

One of the things I LOVE about Armada skis is the durability. I've also got VJJs and the base material that Armada uses on the VJJ and the TSTw in incredibly resilient. I've easily got over 125 days on my VJJs and the bases still look awesome. I cannot attest to the durability of K2, but Armada left me very impressed in that department, so I thought it worth mentioning.

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I'm on board with Lexi's comments. I think for teaching, park, and all mountain light snow the K2 is a good choice. But if you are looking for a ski to carry into all your deep snow adventures the TSTw is the way to go.

I honestly think if you went the K2 route you would be looking for another backcountry ski. Nothing wrong with building a quiver:)

The newer Armada top sheets are impressive as well, durable.

SF


TST women's vs. TST men's
Does anyone...

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TST women's vs. TST men's
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!

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Only difference to my knowledge is the topsheet and base graphics. Dimensions, stiffness and flex-pattern, profile, tech, etc, are identical. I demoed the 174 TST last year before buying the 174 TSTw. Love them! Buy whichever you find a better deal on and/or prefer the appearance of. Same advice works in reverse -- I wouldn't hesitate to tell a guy looking for the 174 to buy the TSTw.

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If you're going for the 174's there's no difference between the men's and the women's. Go with either one! I would almost say you could ski the 183 if you wanted to. Might feel like a bit much just right at first, but you would grow into them fast and become an even stronger skier. I'm 5'7" and consider myself an Expert level skier and I ski these in the 183 and also the 185 JJ. Both lengths I would have thought would be too long for me but ended up loving them! Either option you'll be stoked though!

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Armadas Everything Ski!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I believe the TST is the most versatile ski out of Armada's arsenal of awesomeness. I have the VJJ and they are my great resort powday ski and ARW for park days. If I could have 2 pairs of the TST, I would! One as my tour setup, and another as my groomer anytime ski. This thing rocks in so many different conditions. To chunder crap snow, pow, or hardpack. I recommend this ski to any east coaster in need of all mountain charger. Living in the west, this is an awesome tour ski. I have used it multiple times in the Wasatch and it has done the job perfectly! I put a pair of Dynafit TLT radicals

http://www.backcountry.com/dynafit-tlt-radical-st-binding?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6ZHluYWZpdCBzdDoxOjI6ZHluYWZpdCBzdA

and recommend the setup to anyone! The TST is a great tour ski due to it's profile. There is just enough rocker to keep you on top of the snow and enjoying the ride, but on the way up there is sufficient surface area to skin up with grip! I love this ski!

Armadas Everything Ski!

Hi there. I am interested in this ski for...

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Hi there. I am interested in this ski for my go-to for everything including touring. Reading the reviews it looks like the ticket. I wanted to get some advice on the binding I should but on it. I was thinking the Salomon Guardian 13. I'm not as concerned with the weight as I will only be going up the front side 3-4 times a week and some mellow hut trips and side country. Is there another binding you would recommend if not this one? Thanks!

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Hey! You've probably already purchased your binding, but I'll comment anyway! The Salomon is a great choice and the alternatives to that would be the Tyrolia Adrenaline or Atomic Tracker touring binding. They're all pretty similar so you can't go wrong!

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Check out my two page review here:

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

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Well sure...I've got the 80s pole swing move dialed.

I am 5'2" and 125lb. Looking at these...

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I am 5'2" and 125lb. Looking at these skis for a touring set up in either the 156 or the 165 I heard they're a bit stiffer so I was thinking about going with the 156. Any suggestions? Al

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Hey! I think for touring the 156 is the ticket for you! It'll be much easier to tour with, especially if the route starts getting technical. I ski this on the shorter side (174 and all my other skis are 180+), so I was a little nervous that it might be too short, but was pleasantly surprised when I was able to ski it aggressively and much faster than expected. And like I said, the shorter length is soooo much easier for touring. They'll feel like a part of your body! It's awesome!

You'll be stoked!! Enjoy!

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One Stop Shop

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

Need one ski to do it all this year? Want ski powder in the morning, bumps in the afternoon, and go for a tour at sunset? Well, this is your baby. Enough width and early rise to give you some float in pow, but the sidecut and unrockered tail allow you crush groomers and crud.

I use this ski for touring and everyday conditions because without a doubt it's the best all around women's ski on the market. If you can only buy one pair, these are your babies.

I'm 5'7" 140lbs

One Stop Shop
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Hey Kalen! I was wondering if you would recommend putting the Salomon Guardian 13 on these babies. I will only being doing some mellow hut trips and side country and going up the front side a couple times a week, are these going to change the way they ski at all?

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Hey Ali! I think I just commented on your previous post and sorry it took this long to respond! Hopefully you found a binding you really like and you're loving your TSTw's!

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Armada TSTw

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great ski for the entire mountain and every condition that can be thrown at you, except for the ice and really high speeds. They don't hold the best edge on ice but they are amazing on powder days and in the trees. I find they will also do pretty well in moguls. My ski shop has named this ski 'the Trampoline' which makes them great in the trees and moguls because the camber under foot is easy to load and unleash. I find myself jumping to where I want to be and never have a problem getting anywhere with these. They were my purchase after skiing all of our skis last season.

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Solid - liked VJJ better

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've spent 2 seasons on both the VJJ and the TSTw.
While the TST is extremely versatile and fares better on groomers and moguls than the Armada VJJ, I just didn't like it as much as the VJJ.
The stiffer tails on the TSTw were really difficult in moguls and variable conditions, when compared to the forgiving flex of the VJJ. I ski a 175cm VJJ which is amazing, but I could barely handle the 174cm TSTw. In retrospect I should have sized down on the TSTw because it is a bit stiffer and less rockered. I did have a chance to try the 165cm size and was much more comfortable. (I am a 5'3" 120lb advanced skier).

Ultimately, I found the VJJ to be more responsive, poppy and forgiving. For me, the TSTw lacked soul. I spent more time trying to control the ski rather than just enjoying skiing - again should have sized down.

This ski is for ladies who want something stiffer than the VJJ (which is fairly floppy) who perhaps have a racing background and are searching for a quiver ski.