Why we chose the Armada Locator 104: Lightweight, powerful, manoeuvrable
Lengths (cm): 162, 170, 176 & 184
Sidecut (mm): 131 / 104 / 123 (176 cm)
Radius: 20m (176 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 1,425g (176 cm)
2022 seems to be the year of freeski-specific touring skis. K2 had a crack with the Dispatch range, Blizzard unveiled the Hustle, and now the all-new Locator series for Armada is the freeskiing companies’ take on this competitive category.
Stepping in to replace the old Trace and Tracer series, the Locator range has been designed to combine best in class downhill performance with some impressively light weights. You’ve got a selection of 88, 96, 104 and 112 mm models.
These, the Armada Locator 104, are a 104mm waisted pair of touring skis that have been designed to keep the weight to a manageable level (for longer tours) while still retaining that classic Armada freeride spirit.
Armada Locator 104 Build
Armada has managed to strike a great power to weight ratio with the whole Locator series. Speaking of the Locator 104 specifically, the ski comes in at a pretty lightweight 1,425 grams per ski for the 178 cm length; helping it to remain fast and lightweight for the ascents.
While a fair bit of weight has been stripped from the construction, Armada has still managed to pack in a fair bit of material into the ski to help keep power and dampening to an impressively high level. This construction consists of a lightweight (and fairly sustainable) caruba wood core, a construction that’s been beefed up with a titanal plate underfoot.