There’s been turmoil on the business side for Armada, culminating with its rescue this year by the Amer Group (Salomon, Atomic, et al). But through it all, the athlete-founded brand seemed to be making its best skis ever. First came the Invictuses. Now the amazing new Tracer. It’s a blunt-nosed, metal-free, huge-spray surfer, to be sure, but a new laminate gives it unexpected calmness and reliability. “New-school playfulness with big-mountain directional stability,” said Gleason.
Strengths: Flotation, Stability at Speed, Crud Performance