Armada Bubba Ski

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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.


  • EST Powder Rocker
  • Laminate Matrix
  • 122-132mm waist
  • Hybrid Ultralight Core
  • 50/50 Base
  • CK Stringer
  • AR50 Sidewall
  • 1.7mm Impact Edges
Evo (2013)
Like the name suggests, Bubba is Armada's bigger-than-life powder ski. Fat and lovable, Bubba's immense 132 mm waist (188) is made for powder-up-to-your-ears days typically found on cat and heli trips (if you're lucky). This big boy is ready to ride and wants to go on a road trip to Alaska or British Columbia . . . Mayan calendar graphic reminds you to book that heli trip before the end of the world. The Armada Bubba Skis will have you going like there is no tomorrow.

Evo (2014)
He's big, he's fat, he's Bubba. The Armada Bubba Skis are the widest skis in the lineup, featuring a 127 mm waist @ 178 cm. Designed to conquer the deepest of powder stashes 'til the cows come home, the Bubba boasts a longer effective edge and more dramatic tip taper than its legendary predecessor, the ARG, making it float, pivot and plane better than ever before. (2013)
Meet Bubba. He's a real fatty, but doesn't mind when you tell him so. That's because Bubba kills it in the deep, endless powder. It's the widest ski in Armada's fleet and the successor to the ARG, featuring a more effective edge but still offering the same lift and float, easy pivoting and unrivaled planing. It's your PFD for oceans of powder. With minimal camber at the points of contact and positive camber at the widest points of the ski, it flies through the soft stuff and still offers maneuverability on the hardpack. A real contender on all mountain, but a true gem in the deep. From Mt. Bailey to Valdez, the Bubba is the new standard for cat, heli, and any other serious powder hunters.
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Actual Turn Radius @ Specified Length:21m (@ 188cm)
Base:50/50 - A blend of speed and durability
Base Material:Sintered
Binding DIN:N/A
Binding Weight Range:N/A
Bindings Included:No
Construction:Laminate Matrix - directional layering of fiberglass dictates flex pattern and rigidity
Construction Type:Sidewall
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
Tail Profile:Twin
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths:125/122/119mm (@ 168cm)
Turn Radius:21-29
Type:Powder Skis (111+)
Waist Width:115mm+
Warranty:One Year
What Binding is Included?:N/A
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Armada Bubba Ski Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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.

Julian at on 09/07/2013

2013 Armada Bubba Ski Review

Hi, I'm Steve, and I just got off the Armada Bubba. As you can see, this ski is aptly named the Bubba, its a great name. I'm actually gonna give it 4/5 stars even though it skied bad today. Were out in hard pack conditions, this ski it really a powder ski, its really like skiing a banana. I can kinda tell that this would be a really cool ski to have out on the powder. I would hate to get caught on a hard pack, cat track, or anything like that on this ski. It definitely feels like a sled in hard pack conditions, purely a powder ski. In terms of powder skis, I can tell its light, you can see its got lots and lots of rocker on it. Just feels like it would just float right up to the top, an do a great job. Its at least a 4, could even be a 5 on the powder.
Bram R. at on 02/02/2013

2013 Armada Bubba Ski Review

Jeff here just got off the Armada Bubba. I'm not really sure what Bubba means. But rowdy. I'm going to give this ski 4 out of 5 stars. I wish I had 6 foot of fresh pow and whole bunch cliff you could just go huck cause this ski is just going to smash through, smear, and float you right on top of the softest snow out there. This is a really really big ski. Tons of rocker to it camber underfoot. If you've got to navigate some groomers on your way to the back country this gets a little hairy. You dont really turn you kind of just slide it around and navigate. But if you can only imagine deep snow you'd probably love.
Bram R. at on 02/02/2013

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.

Ian Provo at on 09/13/2013

Neutral Reviews:

2013 Armada Bubba Ski Review

Hey, I'm Brad, I just off the Armada Bubba. I'm gonna give this ski 3/5 stars. If your looking for something that will shred deep powder, this ski is definitely for you. Today we don't have a lot of that around, so if its on trail, it really slides around a lot, doesn't hook up, tends to be fairly unstable. You can definitely tell, that it would do really well, in the deep stuff. Give you a really nice solid underfoot, but if you plan on spending much time on the frontside, or under the lifts at all, this is probably not the best ski for you. If your gonna end up in the deep stuff, this ski will rock.
Bram R. at on 02/02/2013

2013 Armada Bubba Ski Review

Hi, Tom here, with the Armada Bubba, I'm gonna give this 3 1/2 out of 5, solely based on today's conditions. This is an absolute powder board. You can feel how stable it is underfoot, but we just don't have much in the way of fresh snow today. So with the overall feel that you get from it though, and the stability underfoot. You can see where it would easily be able to slash turns, give you tons of float, and be incredibly playful. Outside of the soft snow it is unpredictable skittish, and not the most fun. So this is really for your powder hound, aggressive skier, that wants to avoid on trail conditions at all costs.
Bram R. at on 02/02/2013