Armada BDOG (2017) - Ski Mag

Armada BDOG (2017)


Rating: / 5
Price: $650.00
Year: 2017
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 90
Tip/Tail/Waist: 123-90-117
Lengths: 165, 172, 179

In its third year, the Armada BDog freestyle mid-fat gets a makeover for 2017. Already soft, it's even softer now, with a slightly narrower waist and longer-radius sidecut than the 2016 BDog. Unlike the wider Edollo, it's rockered in the tail as well as the tip, for looser turn finishes. As Armada grows its Invictus (directional freeride) and KUFO (backcountry) series, its offering of park-specific freestyle models has shrunk to just two key models, the BDog (Phil Casabon pro model) and the Edollo (Henrik Harlaut pro model), in the B&E series. (No more Pipe Cleaner, Thall, or AR7 for 2017.) Both are built on full wood cores, for durability and responsiveness, with full-length vertical sidewalls for optimized edge power. Both get Armada's fastest base material (S7) for generating speed into hits and park features. Armada's Carbon Kevlar Strut is a tip-to-tail reinforcement stringer that adds the lightweight strength of carbon with the dampness and durability of Kevlar fiber. Both are soft-flexing, for optimized freestyle creativity. The wider Edollo gets a little extra carbon fiber in the layup for a slightly stiffer flex, while the BDog is the softest men's ski Armada makes. Both feature extra-thick edges to withstand abuse in the park and in urban-freestyling environments. Armada, founded in 2002 by a collective of big-name freestyle athletes, is based in Costa Mesa, Calif. -J.C.