Armada's TST is Close To A Quiver Killer
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The quest for the perfect do-it-all ski continues with Armada's entry, the TST. This particular model is a bit more traditional than their normal twin tip fare as the TST has a fair amount of tip rocker with a much smaller amount of tail rocker and the end being more than a bit upturned. The AR50 construction allows the rocker to work though as it keeps the tip/tail soft while the middle of the ski remains at least mid-stiff. The weight is what surprised me as it is light, so light that it is now my dedicated AT ski (w/Dynafit Radical FT binding).
All the tech jargon above leads to an overall feeling of "I can do this" in most conditions. The TST definitely does best in float as I've taken them through 2' days and did not feel the tip profile resisting at all. Crud and chop in the soft variety is also easy going with the TST while the harder chop requires more concentration, but not too much. Also, does surprisingly well in hard conditions for a mid-stiff feeling ski and the light wieght definitely helps the ski to feel easy and more jibby than one would think.
A couple of cautions on this one though. Be careful how you size and mount this ski as I'm a 5'11", 180 pound power skier and I'd rock a 192cm for resort/lift assisted AT and the 183cm for a dedicated AT ski in case things got really narrow. As for the mounting, know what you like as on the 183, I started on the recommended line, then moved back about 1.5cms as I have a very forward natural stance due to chasing gates my whole life.
Overall, I feel this is a strong all/big mountain entry from Armada and I do recommend it for anyone who is looking for a mid-stiff daily driver at resorts that get at least 350" a year or more.