I was wondering how these skis compared...
I was wondering how these skis compared to the Armada JJ's. I know they are pretty similar, but I'm looking for the most bang for my buck. I'm going to be using these for some BC but mainly resort so I was wondering how they do on the groomers.
Funny you should ask. I have a pair of 185 JJ's mounted boot center over the recommended mounting line with the NTN Freedom binding (telemark) and the Scarpa Terminator X three buckle boot. I've been on these for 3 years now and can't say enough good about them. Two days ago I was skiing with a buddy on 188 S7's also mounted with the Freedom binding. His boot is a bit bigger, mounted boot center over the recommended mounting line. Because of this, skiing it in my boot puts me about .5 to 1 CM forward, at most (not enough to be a big issue IMO). The S7 felt a bit lethargic compared to my JJ's - the tails didn't seem to come around as easily. The conditions were about a foot of new snow, slightly cut up at The Canyons Resort, on Dreamcatcher, if that info helps. If you like the rocker design and want something lighter than both, for backcountry, you might consider the S3. I found them to be a hoot and very easy to drive. I also found the S3 fine for groomers in Utah (back east, I'd go for something more along the lines of the E98). If you are willing to use the S7 in the BC and you don't own the JJ, you need to try them!
Thank you that really helped!