Armada ARV 106 All-Mountain Ski 2022 – 2023 | Review

Is it a freestyle ski? Is it a freeride ski? Is it an all-mountain ski? The updated ARV 106 fills many roles and to a very high standard

Why we chose the Armada ARV 106: All-mountain ripping, no matter the conditions

Lengths (cm): 172, 180 & 188 cm
Sidecut (mm): 134 / 106 / 124 (180 cm)
Radius: 20.5M (180 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,125g (180 cm)
Price: £540


Armada is known for their creativity and dedication when it comes to freestyle skiing, always having some of the best graphics and consistently innovating new technology to ensure they have a ski for every skier out there. Your choice: disappear into the mountains or never leave the streets like an urban junkie. The ARV 106 is the perfect in-between and, what’s more, they haven’t cut corners when it comes to durability. 

In recent years, Armada has made the 106 stiffer. This makes for a more durable ski. Sure, it may have detracted slightly from Armada’s signature ‘swervyness’ but it does give you the option of cruising straight out of the park and into some pretty burly freeride zones. This all-mountain ski is good because it will keep up with you, and do so without too much chatter.

Armada ARV 106 Build

Wide skis are the new trend in park skiing and the ARV has really hit the spot. Armada’s own Smear Tech’s edgeless base, beveling in tip and tail, enhances soft snow performance and adds additional release. The core is made of poplar and ash, giving the ski a decent amount of pop and playfulness.

Surprisingly, the ARV is relatively stiff for its category; this is down to a few things including the AR75 sidewall construction, the ash stringers in the core and the 2.2mm edges. All of this adds to the durability and versatility of the ski.

Armada ARV 106 Shaping

There have been no changes to the shape of the ski from the previous model, which saw a narrower tip and tail for improved stability while tracking through chopped up snow. This also gave the ski a larger turning radius (20 metres at 180 cm) which helps when charging down the mountain.

Who Is The Armada ARV 106 For?

The ARVs are the perfect ski for someone who wants it all without having to break the bank , and load the car with several pairs of skis, to get it. These are playful enough for spring days in the park and still have enough ski about them to charge through some early season crud. You’ll very rarely feel out of place on these skis and it’s very unlikely you’ll break them either. A great ski for the all-rounder.

Versatility: 9/10
Carving: 7/10
Soft Snow: 7/10

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