Bubba has always been there for you when you needed 'im, like on those epic pow days when he held you up or when he played wingman when you hit on that cute pipe skier. The Armada Bubba Ski is like a big brother, granted a rather "wide" big brother. At least you don't have to remember to send him a card on his birthday. It's a one way relationship where the Bubba has your back on bottomless powder when you heli- and cat ski with its effortless floatation, easy pivot, and unmatched planing.
With a sweeping rocker and minimal camber underfoot, the EST Powder Rocker is designed to float like a boat in the deepest powder oceans on the planet. The Hybrid Ultralight Core is made from lightweight wood with an exceptionally high strength-to-weight ratio, giving you the performance you demand without the extra weight. The AR50 Sidewall sports a cap construction in the tip and tail with a classic sidewall underfoot, providing the perfect blend of performance, durability, and low swing weight. A winning benefit combo of speed and durability give the 50/50 Base technology its bite, and Armada’s special Laminate Matrix utilizes directional fiberglass layering to dictate torsional rigidity and flex pattern, ensuring you will be the boss of your skis at high speeds. Doing its part to keep the skis light, the 1.7 Impact Edge is also heat-treated for super strength and durability. With a 132mm waist, you should hide these in the garage so no one takes them water skiing by mistake.
|Actual Turn Radius @ Specified Length:||21m (@ 188cm)|
|Base:||50/50 - A blend of speed and durability|
|Binding Weight Range:||N/A|
|Construction:||Laminate Matrix - directional layering of fiberglass dictates flex pattern and rigidity|
|Core Material:||Hybrid UltraLight Core|
|Dimensions:||178cm (130/145/127/134/124 - 20m), 188cm (135/150/132/139/129 - 21m)|
|Flex:||5.5 Tip, 7.5 Waist, 6.5 Tail (10 is Stiffest)|
|Flex Pattern - Tip:||5.5, Waist|
|Model #:||1213SKI-BUB 168|
|Reinforcement:||Carbon Kevlar Stringers - Add pop and extend life|
|Rocker:||EST Powder Rocker - Fully rockered at tip and tail, minimal camber underfoot|
|Sidecut:||1.7 Edge - Light, Strong, Heat treated for durability|
|Ski Gear Intended Use:||Side Country / Backcountry|
|Special Features:||Laminate Matrix|
|Tip/Waist/Tail Widths:||125/122/119mm (@ 168cm)|
|Type:||Powder Skis (111+)|
|What Binding is Included?:||N/A|
Fantastic ski for off piste conditons.
Surfs over breakable crust with ease, a little jump improves speed control on steeper terrain as with narrower skis in breakable.
Remarkably manageable on piste.
Easy to turn round trees.
A bit of a hard ride on chip chop, as the centre of the ski between the rocker is quite rigid.
I skied on the 2013 version for five days in Val D'isere in December 2012 (last season) after a big snowfall, it continued to snow for the rest of the week.
Skied quite a lot of good powder, round trees etc, my favourite, also some large areas of breakable crust, hard chopped up areas and of course some piste.
I felt very confident in varied conditions.
I have skied for several years on Scott Missions, which at 89mm underfoot are a bit narrow by today's standards off piste.
2014 in Chamonix an uncomfortable two days on chip-chop before it snowed, fine on moguls, just anything rough not much fun.
Why have they made the centre section so hard?
Great off piste round trees etc.
Man, I love the Bubbas. I love skiing powder, and these bad boys do too. You might think that they only ski well in deep pow, but thats not true at all. They are just as fun in three inches of fresh or three feet. They have a very loose feeling, turning on a dime, effortlessly, due to the large amount of rocker. Its amazing to have skis on your feet that are so light yet big and powerful at the same time. The ultimate directional deep powder skis right here.