Ben Givenswrote a review of Armada Norwalk Ski on March 27, 2013
No sure how someone could say this ski "sucks and could not handle speed." I couldn't disagree more. These things are happy at 70 mph and still feel incredibly stable at that speed (thanks alpine replay). With the Armada JJ, another amazing ski, you have camber only underfoot and a rockered tip AND tail. This makes the JJ super playful and easy to ride switch, but also means you won't be able to get quite the edge hold on hard pack as a full cambered ski. Solution?....along comes the Norwalk.....Almost the same ski as the JJ from the waste to tip, but instead of Rocker in the tail, you have camber almost all the way back and less side cut. I found this to greatly improve the skis stability at high speeds driving turns compared to the JJ. The rocker in the tip lets you plow through crud and maneuver through trees with the ease and steez, and the wide platform and elf shoe tip absolutely destroy powder.
I'm 5'10 165 lbs. and I ski on the 189 with Rossi FKS 180's, and feel like this length is perfect. I debated the 179 briefly, but if you've ever skied a rocker profile, you know they ski quite a bit shorter than a traditional cambered ski. I mounted mine only 2.5 cm back from center (recommendation is 5 i think) so they would be easier to ride switch. At first, initiating turns switch took a bit of getting used to, once you get a feel for it they are very forgiving and easy to ride and land switch.
Bottom line: this is a hard charging ski that will handle anything you throw at it. Crud, trees, corn, groomers, and most importantly powda! You will need to drive these skis and they aren't as forgiving as the JJ, but damn.... these things rip.