Armada Magic J

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Come and enjoy the almost supernatural powers of the Armada Magic J alpine fat skis that are ready to take that large sweeping line with complete stability at speed. The Armada Magic J has the EST Freeride Rocker feature, which provides the best of camber that is out of this world. The rockered tips and tails work together with a positive camber underfoot that gives you the best in floatation in soft deep snow, and additionally can provide that great edge control in the hard pack.
The 1.7 impact steel edge on these babies is heat treated to a proprietary hardness, guaranteed to last. The Armada Magic J has a 50/50 faster base for increased speed as compared to the S7 base and is more rugged. A special blend of Carbon/Kevlar creates the stringers that run along the tail of the skis, and provide the stability for that better landing platform. The ultra light core combined with the laminate matrix creates the exact amount of flex and torsional rigidity. These skis are pure joy on all of your rides.


  • AR50 Sidewall construction


  • EST Freeride Rocker (rockered tip and tail with regular camber underfoot)
  • 50/50 base
  • 1.7 Impact Edge
  • AR 50 Sidewall
  • Hybrid Ultralight core
  • Laminate Matrix technology
  • Front and back rocker

The Armada Magic J Skis take screaming-fast powder skiing to an entirely new dimension. Also known as Tanner Hall's ski-of-choice, the Magic J is a wider version of the JJ with the widest point moved slightly aft and with less taper, just the way Tanner likes it. As a result, these fat sticks have a longer turning radius that is extremely stable at high speeds, which is most fitting for experienced powder-fiends.

Equipped with an EST Freeride Rocker profile (rockered tip and tail with regular camber underfoot), these bad boys allow for smooth, fast, sweeping turns down big lines or long groomer runs. Armada is all about durability and ensuring the life of its skis, so it gave the Js a Hybrid Ultralight wood core and AR50 sandwich sidewall construction for a high strength-to-weight ratio that you can count on when you're charging down floaty pillow lines, techy terrain, or through early-season conditions.

These all-mountain destroyers also have Laminate Matrix technology (directional layering of fiberglass) that provides a smooth, even flex pattern and torsional rigidity for stellar performance in a variety of snow conditions and terrain. In addition, you'll be grateful for the lightweight, strong 1.7mm edges that have been heat treated for durability and 50/50 bases that offer a just-right blend of speed and durability.

Christy Sports (2013)

Armada Magic J Ski - Men's:  As Tanner's skiing has evolved, so have his demands for a ski worthy of his name. New for 12/13 is the Magic J : a derivative of the J J , but with Tanner's classic twist. The Magic J is a wider version of the J J with less taper and the widest point moved slightly aft. The result is a ski with a longer turning radius that is extremely stable at high speeds.

Evo (2014)
Get Inspired in Jah backcountry on the Armada Magic J Skis. As Tanner's skiing style has evolved, so have his demands for a ski worthy of his name. The Magic J is a wider version of the JJ with a slightly longer turning radius and modified taper, making it float like a boat in the powder while the EST Freeride Rocker allows it to hold a strong edge when straightlining big mountain chutes. Get the Magic J, go into the bush, and be irie all day long.

Evo (2013)
New for the 12/13 season, Armada's Magic J Skis are magically sexy with a less tapered, more full-figured shape. The Magic J is the JJ's brawny big brother who hangs at the gym a lot, with a burly 125+ mm waist and with less taper and a slightly longer contact patch. The result is a ski with a longer turning radius that is extremely stable at high speeds, but will still float your boat in sub 10% pow. Magic!

Berg's Ski Shop
As Tanner's skiing has evolved, so has his needs for a bigger ski worthy of his name. New for the 12/13 season is the Magic J: a hybrid of the AK & JJ, but with a Tanner classic twist. The Patented Magic J is a wider version of the AK JJ with less taper and the widest points moved slightly forward and aft. The result is a ski with a longer turn radius that is extremely stable at high speeds. Still more center mounted so you have floatation either way you run. Time to bring the park to the backcountry- Tanner Magic J style.
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Actual Turn Radius @ Specified Length:22m (@190cm)
Base Material:Sintered
Binding DIN:N/A
Binding Weight Range:N/A
Bindings Included:No
Construction:Hybrid Ultralight Core with Carbon Kevlar Stringers, Laminated Matrix with 1.7 IMpact edge and 50/50 base
Construction Type:Cap/Sidewall
Core Material:Wood
Dimensions:139-144-127-141-135mm @190cm
Flex:6.5 Tip, 7.5 Waist, 7 Tail (10 is stiffest)
Flex Pattern - Tip:6.5, Waist
Intended Use:Big Mountain - Powder
Model #:13SKI-MAG-180
Radius by Length:22m @190cm
Sidewalls:AR50 Sidewall with 1.7 Impact Edge
Ski Gear Intended Use:All Mountain
Special Features:Hybrid Ultralight Core
Tail Profile:Twin
Tip/Waist/Tail Widths:139/144/127/141/135 (@190cm)
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 Magic J Reviews:


After absolutely loving my JJ's , I was floored to get these puppies out on the hill last year, everything you love about he JJ, but a bit bigger, and more stable. As much as I love the JJ, these really take it to the next level in deeper snow. The longer sidecut helps when you open er' up above tree line, but still nimble so you can weave your way through the trees back to the lift. Same goes for the added width, perfect for the super deep snow where JJ's might fall short, but not too wide, so that groomers are still manageable.
I reserve the magic J as my super deep ski, and JJ's more for all mountain to moderate pow days.
I went with the 190cm, I am 5' 10'' 180lbs they are a lot of ski but not too much to handle.
The early taper is great for hook free turns, but an added advantage for me, it makes the magic J feel like a much thinner ski (which is true for all early taper Armada skis), it could be psychological, but it helps out in tight spots.
The top sheet material is by far one of the best Ive ever experienced. Its super burly, and durable. Its scratchy/textured so it resists chipping well and snow usually doesnt stick.
Another point is Armada skis are top shelf quality, every pair ive owned have been durable and high end. I am lucky enough to own 2010 JJs, 2012 ar7, 2013 Norwalks & 2013 magic js. All are still ripping hard and have a ton of life left. Cant say the same for other skis Ive owned that barely made 1 season.
The base and topsheet colors are the only thing different about last years Magics. The graphic isnt my top choice, but if playing rasta is your thing, then bust out your white boy dreads, roll up a few fattys, and head to your personal Zion, away from the Babylon of the base lodge.
But who buys skis for looks? You buy skis for shred, and thats exactly what you get with these.

Matthew Fritz at on 11/22/2013

Oh hey there hard charging chicka who's been looking for her next ski. Something that flows through pow, rips big faces, pops off your favorites cliffs, and comes in just the perfect size. As a 5'7" 145lb woman, I've found myself in ski limbo quite a few times. Either skis are too short, or too long. It was impossible to find an extra fat playful pow ski that wasn't a total wet noodle, only came up to my chin, or was towering above my head. But finally the Magic J happened. It has a 180 length that's friendly to the shorter guy charger, or the slightly taller shred betty who leaves all the boys in her dust. This became my go to for deep pow days and big lines. It was playful enough to bounce around in the trees at Alta but it's longer turning radius really lets you open them up on steeper, larger terrain. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised though how nimble they were when I got them in some tighter situations!
In a nutshell, it feels like the JJ's on steroids and beyond grateful in comes in a 180 length to let a variety of shredders get their hands on them!

Kalen Thorien at on 11/24/2013

After spending most of last season skiing these in the 190 cm I can say without a doubt that this is the most versatile pow ski ever. Riding switch in pow - no problem, spinning off a cornice or cliff - easy, getting blinding face shots - done. Really these skis rip in most conditions and I was blown away with how well they skied groomers and could throw down turns with confidence. But no one buys these to ski groomers and they are much better in the fresh stuff. I love that Armada pushed out the rocker in the tip and tail and stiffened up the center of the ski compared to the JJ making this ski my ideal ski for the Wasatch. If you are looking for a ski that can turn quickly, arc large fast turns, or just flat out skis pow lines like a champ then look no further...this is your ski!

Dan Be at on 11/25/2013

Wow. I only got to ski a handful of laps on these during an Alta demo day last season, but man did these things rip. I was having so much fun on these . I felt so stable, and was smearin the couple inches of cream cheese spring snow that had fallen the night before. I bought a pair for this season and cant wait to take them through chest deep blower! Pray for snow, winter is comin! (p.s. The new silver color on the top sheet is awesome and the rasta colored bottom is even better!)

Joey W at on 09/18/2013

the Magic J is unbelievable. I always thought the JJ's could be a touch wider and a bit longer in some instances, but I never would have thought those changes could make such a difference. I've never been so fast through the powder, down pillows, blazing past trees, scary fast... but I love every second of it. These skis are insane.

Ian Provo at on 09/13/2013

The Magic J is essentially the JJ's on steroids. Armada beefed the Magic J up in size and pushed out the rocker points closer to the tip and tail for more stability. This ski charges!

Brian Mehregan at on 09/13/2013