Rating: / 5
Waist Width: 116
Lengths: 165, 175, 185, 196
The deep-snow freeriding legacy of JP Auclair lives on in his signature ski, the Armada JJ 2.0. It’s Armada’s original EST (tip and tail tapered) model, a seminal ski for the way it, and Auclair, helped to redefine the way we ski powder with long, smeary arcs. It’s similar in width to the Norwalk, but rockered both tip and tail for uncompromised surfiness.
It’s part of Armada’s Deepest series, which features four deep-snow freeriders in waist widths ranging from 100 (the TST) up to 127 (the Magic J). All feature Armada’s famous EST tip and tail tapering. (EST stands for Elf Shoe Technology, a reference to the way a tapered ski looks.) By moving the widest points of the ski closer to the foot, fore and aft, and allowing the tip and tail to taper, EST delivers a looser, smearier, easier-pivoting feel in powder, which allows for quick line adjustments and instant speed checks. (Its skiddier feel also allows for the throwing of huge sprays, key for the camera.) The Deepest series shrinks from five models to four for 2017: Magic J, JJ 2.0, Norwalk, and TST. (The massive Bubba is gone.) All are full-sidewall constructions on wood cores.
Armada, founded in 2002 by a collective of big-name freestyle athletes, is based in Costa Mesa, Calif. -J.C.