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Armada JJ Skis 2013

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So much jamtastic fun, Armada decided one J just wasn't going to cut it! Jack be nimble, but JJ be quick. Armada knew that you needed a powder ski that could make those tight turns fluently and move edge-to-edge, and thus the Armada JJ Skis were born. This is a big in yo' face powder ski that can give you all the powder action you need and leave you with energy to spare.

Product Details

Rocker Type

EST Freeride RockerThe best of all worlds. Rockered tips and tails combined with positive camber underfoot to promote flotation in soft snow and provide remarkable edge control on the harder stuff.

Flex

Flex PatternTip: 6, Waist: 7, Tail: 6.5 (1=soft; 10=stiff)

Shape

Tapered Tip and Tail5 dimension ski with the tip and tail narrower than the contact points

Dimensions (tip/contact point/waist/contact point/tail)126/136/115/133/123 mm

Core

Hybrid Ultralight CoreUltralight core using select wood stringers that have unusually high strength-to-weight ratios, UltraLight cores allow our widest skis to maintain a light-yet-stable feel.

Laminates

Laminate MatrixDeliberate directional layering of fiberglass dictates flex pattern and torsional rigidity and allows each ski's flex to be precisely tuned. Bi-axial fiberglass runs in an “x” pattern down the ski to control lateral flex; Uni-directional fiberglass controls flex along the length of the ski; Tri-axial fiberglass, with fibers running in three directions, beefs up the center of the ski.

CK StringerCarbon Kevlar combo stringers lie on top of the laminate matrix along the tail to brace the ski. This increases the landing platform, especially when weight is distributed farther back in the ski than intended. It also gives the ski more pop and extends ski life.

Sidewalls

AR50 Sidewall ConstructionABS sidewall meets cap construction – the best of both worlds. This engineering method combines the lightweight cap construction in the tip and tail with ABS sidewall underfoot, resulting in enhanced edgehold and significantly lower swing and overall weight.

Base

50/50 BaseA blend of speed and durability, this base is faster than Armada’s S7 base but more rugged than the Comp series.

Edges

1.7 Impact EdgeThe edge height and width is deliberately smaller and the steel is heat-treated to a proprietary hardness to increase durability and decrease weight.

Binding Compatibility

Bindings not included

We recommend a brake width equal to or at most 15 mm wider than the ski waist width.

Specs

  • Terrain: Powder More 
  • Rocker Type: Rocker/Camber/Rocker More 
  • Turning Radius: Short More 
  • Core/Laminates: Wood
  • Tail Type: Full Twin Tip More 
  • Ski Awards: Freeskier Editor's Pick, Powder Magazine Skier's Choice
  • Series: Signature
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Size (cm) 165 175 185
Tip Width (mm) 136 136 136
Waist Width (mm) 115 115 115
Tail Width (mm) 123 123 123
Turning Radius (m) 12 14 16

Reviews

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Armada JJ Skis 2013
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Smooth ride (5)
  • Good carving ability (4)
  • Great flotation (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Powder skiing (4)
  • Groomed terrain (3)
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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Back for Another Solid Year

By 

from Stevens Pass

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Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

The JJ was a ski that when I first tired it 4 years ago it seemed so out of place and so foreign. Today more and more ski designs are being modeled with design features that debuted on the JJ. It was truly ahead of it's time. It's a ski that you don't have to be aggressive on to enjoy but if you are a powerful skier it will reward you with it's quickness edge to edge and naturally short turn radius. It is very stable and damp which inspires confidence skiing through chop as you are able to hold your line and not get deflected around. But the ski is by no means dead feeling. It is relatively light so when combined with it's dampening the ski feels at home at most any speed from soft powder to cruising groomers. The tip and tail taper and rocker profiles make the ski easy to turn and come around in tight situations. I'm really happy a lot of skis companies are adopting variations of this ski. It has generated a whole new wave of skiing design that makes these newer skis more versatile in all conditions and allows you to explore the entire mountain with confidence.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These planks spank!

By 

from Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Carving Ability
  • Good Grip
  • Great Flotation
  • Lightweight
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Smooth Ride

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Downhill
    • Groomed Terrain
    • Powder Skiing

    Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

    I demo'd probably 25 different skis over the past year and I kept coming back to the JJs. I primarily ski Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole and Sun Valley. These skis, being powder skis are amazing in all conditions. I just got done burning up the groomers at Sun Valley and had to comment. I bought these for powder days after making the switch from snowboarding the deep stuff to learning how to ski again after the invention of all the wicked cool powder planks out there. I really enjoyed a few other planks out there but these rip everything. They have given me a significant boost of confidence. They float, they carve/smear, they plow through crud. I highly recommend them to anyone that wants to become a better skier in all conditions. Some have said they are not as stiff a ski as they would prefer. I personally am short and lite so they are perfect for me.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sick Ski!

    By 

    from Stevens Pass

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    Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

    When I was skiing on these skis they were amazing and could dominate any groomer with no chatter at all while at the same time being able to rip the powder.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Beverage of Choice, JJ on Ice.

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    from Stevens Pass

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    Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

    It was a groomer day to start. With that in mind, a ski with 115+ underfoot IS overkill, but dang these ripped down the runs. Front rockers smash any crud out of the way. I wanted more control in the tail on the groomers thus I ride the TSTs for my everyday ski.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Ski in the World

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    from Stevens Pass

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    Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

    Best ski in the world- period!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Armada JJ 175cm

    By 

    from Mission Ridge, WA

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    Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this ski! I enjoyed slashing it around in some heavier, crunchy snow, and was happy with how the ski handled all over the mountain. I was surprised at how much effective edge the ski has in comparison to other skis in its class, it carved surprisingly well, though it felt a little turny at times. I had fun with the soft, playful flex as well. I would recommend the JJ to an advanced skier looking for a more forgiving everyday ski that can handle almost anything you throw at it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Armada JJ (Mr. Revolutionary)

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    from Stevens Pass

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    Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

    This morning consisted of lots of hard pack, the JJ handled amazing. They are a ski that can so the job for a variety of conditions. No chatter on the groomers, overall I loved them( just wish we had more freshies!)

     
    5.0

    Super Excited

    By 

    from Boston

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Carving Ability
    • Good Grip
    • Great Flotation
    • Smooth Ride

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Downhill
      • Groomed Terrain
      • Moguls
      • Powder Skiing

      Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

      Cant wait to rip up Jay Peak!

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Great ski! Great price/performance!

      By 

      from Geneva, Switzerland

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      Pros

      • Great Flotation
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth Ride

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Powder Skiing

        Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

        Great powder ski for a great price! I also tried the Scott Dozers, the DPS Wailers, the 4Front Hojis. The Armada skied as well as the DPS, imho, and had about the same weight, but differed significantly in MSRP. (In fact, they have much the same shape as the DPS, too)

        I love the playfulness of the JJ and the fact that it can do piste as well as it does for a ski this fat. Clearly, if hard groomers is the order of the day, that 107 mm underfoot is not going to be optimal, but you'll still have fun; the significant front and back rockers keep the JJ's playful even on hard snow. If it's icy and too steep to constantly carve, there may be some tut-tut-tut. (But that's as far from their intended use as one can get, other than swimming maybe.)

        When it comes to pow and crud...these skis rock! The flotation is great, but it's their playfulness that sets them apart.

        I also appreciate that they are really light, so I married them to Marker F12's and touring boots in order to keep or accentuate that lightness. I've only skied them half a dozen times thus far, so I can't comment on durability, but so far, no problems! I love them!

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        4.0

        Fun at advanced level

        By 

        from Seattle, WA

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Carving Ability
        • Lightweight
        • Smooth Ride

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

            Very nice looking and great performance skis, though keep in mind that they are almost specialty as far as width and size. There is a limited ammount of accessories and bindings for this kind of ski. Also, they do skretch kinda fast.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            4.0

            AK JJ's.....Super skiis

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            from Ski country.

            About Me Expert

            Pros

            • Good Carving Ability
            • Great Flotation
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth Ride

            Cons

            • Kinda Too Long For Moguls

            Best Uses

            • Groomed Terrain
            • Powder Skiing

            Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

            I first used these skiis in Steamboat with the PowderCats ski company. These skis made powder skiing easy and fun.

            Surprisingly..I used them for three more days on the normal runs at Steamboat and they were still awesome on groomers (carved turns) and through the trees in cut up powder. Easy to plow through other tracks without suffering.

            Now, I own a pair of AK JJ's, and used them last week in horrible icy conditions at Sun Valley, by skiing off the groomed runs and alongside in moguls and crud and ice...they floated over most of the stuff.

            Unbelievably, these skiis carve very well when standing on your heel and pressing maximum ankle pressure forward. Impossible to "boot out" like on racing skiis because they are so wide.

            Overall, good for anything if you ski strong....except maybe short radius slalom racing turns. Now, I constantly go off the marked trails and into the woods just "looking" for challenging snow. My friends have even commented it has changed my skiing. More confidence because these skis "float" over stuff like a ski should.

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            4.0

            Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

            By 

            from Stevens Pass

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            Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

            Playful, great pow ski that can handle the rest of the mountain. The JJ keeps a good edge on groomers and stays stable at high speeds. Shreds pow like it's its job, but on chunder/chopped up snow it can get a little sketchy. Best ski for most days, but not great on icy ones.

             
            5.0

            Hitting the JJ

            By 

            from Stevens Pass

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            Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

            I enjoyed how floppy the skis were with the rockered tip/tail. I liked having both ends rockered. Even though the snow was fairly firm while testing them, I still had a great time and was impressed with how they handled choppy/icy/moguls slopes.

             
            5.0

            Super Doopr Fun

            By 

            from Stevens Pass, WA

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            Comments about Armada JJ Skis 2013:

            Super dooper fun. Strong underfoot for locking in on the groomers but super easy to take anywhere. Wish I had more snow but I am sure it floats like crazy. Great for the trees.

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