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The Declivity was the late great JP Auclair's touring ski of choice. It has a long sidecut radius, ranging from 22 meters to 26 meters depending on size. It's designed to make those long treks worth the ride down, with technology intended to keep it light enough for touring but stiff enough for ripping any terrain. It's actually the stiffest ski Armada makes. This is all possible through titanal top and bottom strips designed for extra stability, with a Hybrid Tour Light Core that keeps the ski at just 1850 grams (176-cm length). The Declivity also has AR Nose Rocker technology that is designed to lift its tips up and over the rough stuff and also allow for floatation on powder days. The Declivity is part of Armada's Backcountry Touring series, which focuses on the constantly evolving ski touring scene. AR50 sidewalls are designed to decrease swing weight, Comp Bases are made of Armada's fastest base material, Laminate Matrix integrates layered fiberglass designed for an optimal flex pattern, CK Stringers (strips of Carbon and Kevlar) are designed to give the ski pop, and 1.7 impact edges, Armada's lightest yet strong edges, are designed for durability. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.