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Waist Width: 98
Lengths: 176, 184
The Declivity was the late great JP Auclair’s touring ski of choice. It has a long, never-hooky sidecut radius, ranging from 24 meters in the 176-cm length to 26 meters in the 184-cm length. It’s designed to make the ride down worth it after a long trek, with technology intended to keep it light enough for touring but stiff enough for ripping any terrain. It’s as stiff as any ski Armada makes. It’s the only Armada touring ski with two sheets of metal, for high-speed stability and dampness. Armada’s Hybrid Tour Light Core, made of the airiest wood, keeps the ski at just 1,850 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 flotation on powder days.
Armada’s returning KUFO series of backcountry-freeride skis includes three models with waist widths ranging from 96 (Declivity) to 108 mm (KUFO 108). All are built to be as light as possible without sacrificing too much downhill performance. 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 are slim and light, yet durable.
Armada, founded in 2002 by a collective of big-name freestyle athletes, is based in Costa Mesa, Calif. -C.D.