Model: Reliance 102 Ti
Overall Ranking: #5
Overall Score: 4.05 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
164, 172, 180
17m (164cm length)
Intermediate to Expert
Stability at Speed
3.86 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
3.91 / 5
4.14 / 5
4.05 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
3.77 / 5
4.09 / 5
Balance of Skills
3.86 / 5
3.59 / 5
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The all-new Armada Reliance 102 Ti didn’t win the all-mountain wide category, but it did take home top marks in Playfulness. Testers couldn’t say enough about this ski’s poppy and energetic personality.
“Sweet!” exclaims veteran tester Tracy Gibbons. “Playful, energetic, and solid all in one sweet package. Felt very secure, yet didn’t feel like a burly or demanding ski.”
A few testers did call the Armada Reliance 102 Ti a tad stiff thanks to its caruba core and articulated Titanal banding, but even they agreed this doesn’t dampen the ski’s lively spirit. Besides its quickness, what stood out to testers was this ski’s crud performance, which just goes to show that skis don’t have to be heavy or unyielding to plow through crud.
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The Armada Reliance 102 Ti does well in manky snow thanks to its wider waist, generous tip rocker, but stout tail—a combo that keeps the ski above the fray but grounded enough to stay in control when the going gets tough.
The biggest downside to the Armada Reliance 102 Ti is its performance on the ends of the snow condition spectrum. It’s not built for deep powder, and it’s also not designed to dig trenches on hard snow. But if you use these skis as intended—as an all-mountain ski to take on ungroomed terrain—you won’t be disappointed.
“These skis let you float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” sums up tester Abby Ghent. “Transitions between turns are no problem in choppy snow and if you change your mind on turn style or direction, the ski follows right along with the new plan. This ski also handles groomers like a champ—feels solid at speed and makes railing turns so fun.”
Testers recommend this ski to a wide range of abilities, from confident intermediates looking to grow their skills, to the expert in need of a ski that can keep up with them all over the mountain.
“One of my faves of the test,” says tester Marina Knight. “You ski it, it doesn’t ski you. You can ski it aggressively or easily and it cooperates and responds no matter what.”
- Strengths: Playfulness (1st in category), Crud Performance (6th)
- Weaknesses: Flotation (9th), Hard-Snow Integrity (7th)