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Armada Trace 98 (2021)

2021 Women's All-Mountain Ski Review

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Brand: Armada

Model: Trace 98

Overall Score: 3.91 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

127-98-119

Lengths (cm)

156, 164, 172

Radius (m)

17

Gender

Female

Symmetrical

Yes

Rocker Technology

Yes

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.15 / 5

Playfulness

4.25 / 5

Forgiveness

4 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.6 / 5

Crud Performance

3.55 / 5

Balance of Skills

4 / 5

Binding Included

Yes

Flotation

3.75 / 5

 

The 2021 Armada Trace 98 Women's All-Mountain Ski
The 2021 Armada Trace 98 Women’s All-Mountain SkiPhoto courtesy of Armada

We thought we liked the Trace series last year just the way it was. But then we got on the new Trace 98 featuring caruba instead of poplar in the core, and testers crowned the new version the most playful all-mountain ski in all the land. The new Trace 98 is poppy and quick off-piste, but for a lightweight ski designed for the backcountry, surprisingly smooth and stable at high speeds thanks to rubber/Titanal pads that absorb chatter underfoot.

STRENGTHS: Playfulness, Quickness

WEAKNESSES: Crud Performance, Hard-Snow Integrity