Armada designed their new Tracer line for big-mountain ripping and backside adventures. The Tracer 108 is more of an all-mountain ripper than the burlier terrain-crushing 118 CHX, with a 108mm waist that charges the steep and deep but still performs in variable snow. The rockered profile floats the deep stuff with giddy, childlike joy, while camber underfoot lets you carve turns down hardpack like a spandex-clad GS racer.
The Tracer 108's hybrid wood core features lighter wood in the tip and tail with denser wood underfoot to create a playful and maneuverable flex pattern for effortless turn initiation. All of Armada's new Tracer skis feature a Xrystal Mesh layup that maintains dampness and stability for a smooth ride when you're blasting through chunky crud. While not the lightest option for a touring setup, for the cliff-dropping freerider with quads of steel these sticks would be well worth a bit of a slog for the terrain-devouring downhill capabilities the Tracer 108 possesses.
- An all-mountain charger that devours big terrain
- 108mm waist thrives in powder and handles variable conditions
- Rockered profile floats like a dream
- Traditional camber underfoot lets you lay down turns on hardpack
- Hybrid wood core is playful and maneuverable
- Xrystal Mesh layup provides dampness and stability
- Comp Series Base is Armada's fastest base
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Armada Tracer 108 in 180cm
Skier : 5'11" 160-170lb Type 3+ , my style is somewhere between playful and charging depending on the day and snow conditions
Intended use : Backcountry/ Touring
Bindings : Fritschi Tecton mounted +1 from factory rec
I was initially impressed with the weight of this ski. Compared to what I am used to they are featherlight (JJ's, YLE, and Scott Punishers). Mounted with the tectons, this setup is heaps lighter then my previous AT setup (jj with guardians). Flexing the ski you can feel a very smooth progressive flex. I would say the flex profile is somewhere about a 6 for the tip 8 for underfoot and 7 on the tail. This makes the tip super accesible while the stiff midsection and tail allow good hold and a surprising amount of energy when releasing the edges out of a turn. For a ski with minimal tail rocker they are very maneuverable and it's easy to scrub speed by throwing them sideways.
My first few days were just resort riding and I was impressed with the skis quickness and energy from edge to edge. While doing quick "railroad track" turns the ski really pushes you out of one turn into the other. Almost doing the work for you. The quickness of the ski from edge to edge is astounding Bigger GS style turns provided solid edge hold, but not quite as strong as the scott punisher.
I've been touring on this ski a half dozen times or so now and while I haven't been in deep snow yet, the float seems adequate for me in a 180cm length. If this was a dedicated resort ski for me I would have got the 188, but I wanted the maneuverability of the shorter ski for touring. Time will tell if the deep snow performance lives up to my expectations but so far I feel like I can be on top of the ski and not be concerned with tip dive.
Excited to see how this ski does over a full season. With the Tracer, Tectons and Salomon S Lab Mtn I truly feel this will be my go to setup for 90% of my ski days. Perhaps on the deepest resort days I will break out the YLE's but im quickly becoming addicted to the weight of this setup and the skiability with the Tecton feels nearly identical to a standard alpine binding.