The Armada JJ is quite possibly the most versatile powder ski the industry has offered up and the 2014 model is a reflexion of the supreme performance demanded by todays big line rider. Armada’s EST Freeride Rocker promotes the ease of float in the powder through tip and tail rocker while the traditional positive camber underfoot gives the skier edge control on hard pack. AR50 Sidewall reduces swing weight and improves durability with tip and tail cap construction and reinforced sidewalls, further improved by Ultralight Core and 1.7 Impact Edge technology. 2014’s Armada JJ is a responsive and ultra maneuverable all mountain ski for big days.
JJ- Trusted, proven and spawned imitation which has been difficult to match 6 years later. Iconic model of the category! There is something to be said about the old cliché’ “if it ain’t broke- don’t fix it” Simply put, Armada hasn’t found a better recipe yet. The JJ is the most versatile premier powder ski available. Built with EST freeride rocker, the JJ dominates deep snow and also carves on the nastiest of hard pack. Nimble edge to edge with a shorter turning radius than it’s big brother Magic J. Enjoy your last run in trees or open bowl, and when it’s time to migrate to the bottom, the JJ is nothing short of awesome on the front side to get you home with performance.
Seldom does a ski come around that pleases the crowds like the can't-do-wrong Armada JJ Ski. This goodie-two-shoes has the girth and rocker of a pow ski, traditional camber and sidewall for hard, high-speed railing, and a flex pattern for both easy turning and straight-running. It's the fearless fat ski that can still arc a turn. A 115-millimeter waist and rockered tip and tail give it float; camber underfoot and AR50 sidewall make it quick edge-to-edge; and tapered tip and tail add lengthened stability and prevent tip from catching or tail washouts. This ski feels a little shorter and more nimble than its size would imply, but the actual length adds to the speed and float.
The JJ is the most versatile premium powder ski on the market. Built with EST Freeride Rocker, the JJ dominates deep snow and still rips the hardpack on the way back to the lift. The JJ is nimble and fast edge-to-edge with a shorter turning radius than I AN PROVO the Magic J.
|Actual Turn Radius @ Specified Length:||16m (@185cm)|
|Base:||Comp Base-Armada's fastest|
|Binding Weight Range:||N/A|
|Camber:||Positive Camber under foot|
|Construction:||Hybrid Ultralight Core with Carbon Kevlar Stringers, Laminated Matrix with 1.7 IMpact edge and 50/50 base|
|Core Material:||Ultralight Core|
|Flex:||6 Tip, 7 Waist, 6.5 Tail (10 is stiffest)|
|Flex Scale (Tip/Waist/Tail):||6/7/6.5|
|Intended Use:||Powder - All Mountain|
|Laminate Matrix:||Delivers a strategic flex pattern|
|Radius by Length:||16m @ 185cm|
|Rocker:||EST Free Rocker Profile|
|Sidewalls:||AR50 Sidewall with 1.7 Impact Edge|
|Ski Gear Intended Use:||All Mountain|
|Special Features:||Hybrid Ultralight Core|
|Tip/Waist/Tail Widths:||126/136/115/133/123 (@185cm)|
|Type:||Powder Skis (111+)|
|What Binding is Included?:||N/A|
|Armada JJ Signature Series Skis||$674.99|
The JJ is undoubtedly one of the best powder skis on the market, and you could argue it has been a game changer in rocker/ reverse sidecut ski design. I have owned this ski for 3 seasons and my opinion of this ski is considerably different from alot of JJ enthusiasts. To me this ski is really good at one thing, and leaves something to be desired everywhere else. To me it really only shines in fresh snow. It floats amazingly, swivels and slashes with the best of them and it just a down right hoot to ride.
My impressions differ from most after you get out of the powder. It's passable on groomers if you need to get back to the lift. But in the crud, in between storms, or after all the fresh has been eaten up I find this ski really struggles. The lack of any running length under your foot and the reverse sidecut after the taper make this ski act like it's on marbles in crud and day after storm conditions.
Honestly I wouldn't expect this ski to do well in those conditions. Just looking at it tells you it's meant for fresh snow and anything else is whip cream on top. Because of all these reasons I have remounted mine with AT bindings to take advantage of the skis best features(no it's not a light set up but it's fun a hell on the way down).
If your looking for a one ski quiver I think you can do better(see rossi soul 7, nordica patron/helldorado, 4frnt YLE, Coreupt Slasher, Amplid Hill Bills), but if you just need a dedicated powder ski or touring set up that is focused more on the down then up, this is a great ski for you.
Overall as a powder ski I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars.
As a one ski quiver I'd put it around a 2 or 3.
Let me preface my review by saying, Im speaking for the 2nd generation JJ I bought for the 09-10 season. Since then they have been skied for 60+ days a year out of a 120 day season for 4 years, more than a few core shots on base,rock dents on the edge, 3 mounts, and have been passed on to a friend in need last season, who's still skiing them to this day! Its quite the testament of quality to a ski that already gets the highest praise for how amazing it rips.
Well nothing has changed over the years as far a quality so I got another pair for the season and Im stoked to start fresh!
What can I say about the JJ that hasnt already been said over and over? All I know is if your looking for a bomber ski, that will last you years, ski amazing and tackle every condition, look no further!
The JJ will be your everyday ride, even if you live back east you can still rock this on deeper days and they can totally handle themselves on the groomed runs back to the lift.
Armadas early taper makes for effortless turns with no hooking, and also can make it easier to stitch through the tightest spaces with ease. With the perfect amount of rocker/ camber and flex it conquers the deep, and rips up hardpack. This marks another year of their super burly top sheet material that wont chip or scratch much, and is part of the reason I think my 09/10 pair lasted this long.
On the hill Ive seen everybody from park rats, to big mtn rippers, to weekend skiers to old men and ladies on JJ's and loving them!
No one is too old or young to enjoy such an awesome ski, so if you think the JJ might be for you, then I strongly suggest you give them a shot.
It will be hard to top the JJ's. Versatility is the name of the game with these skis, and I've still never tried anything that can handle all types of conditions as well as the JJ's. If you need one ski to do it all, and I mean everything from park, powder, resorts, backcountry touring, etc, this ski is the clear choice. Ask me a question about them...
Im a little big for the 185, so I got rid of mine. I personally didnt enjoy the JJ as much as I have other skis, though I can see why others love them. I probably should have went with the AKJJ at 6'3" 185lbs, but wanted a thinner all mountain tool for Jackson Hole. I replaced the 185 JJ with a 188 S7, which fits me better personally.
They were light and fairly playful, but I like a more solid sandwich construction that comes with the cost of heavier weight. My 11/12 obsethed and s7 are more playful, yet charge harder. The tail, or something about them, was hooky and I disliked this the most. If It wasn't for this hookiness I probably would have kept them, and also gave them four stars instead of three. They turned on a dime, but they were not super flexible, which I expected/wanted them to be. All in all, still a good all mountain tool for someone lighter than me that skis switch a lot.