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Gear Review

5 5

Never dissapointing

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I can't believe this is the first review of the year- perhaps everyone has switched to Rocker 2's or JJ's by now. Too bad, because this ski deserves 5 stars every year it comes out, right up until they make something better.
I've put a lot more days on the Armada JJ myself, but the S7 is not a lot different. It's very turny- I'm 5'11", 185 lbs, and found the 188 skis like a 170. Also, it straight FLOATS, as you could imagine. The days I had it out were very deep, and at no point was I worried about going under and not coming back out.
What I love about skis like this and the JJ is that you get the best aspects of big, super fat skis, which is the ability to float at ease. But unlike super fats, which tend to keep you on top of the snow, you can dive into the depths, swivel around a bit, and then pop out when you want. Overall, I feel there are more turning shapes/types with a ski like this.
As a comparison, the S7 does feel softer than the JJ. It's not a big difference, but I think the JJ holds an arc on hard snow better.
The S7 is also an awesome touring option. I see a lot of these in the backcountry in the Wasatch, and for good reason.