Alright time to review a ski that I know is going to be a popular one next year, the 2012 Armada JJ. I know it’s sure to be a hit his year because for the last two seasons the entire production has sold out before November.
Stepping into the bindings on the JJ’s, I immediately notice their similarity to the Rossignol S7′s. Compare the two, I’m sure you’ll notice the commonalities in the dimensions and shapes. It’s by no means the same ski, but just something you pick up on. The JJ is a light ski, which I personally love. I’m alway looking for my skis to be light weight because I’m into making tight turns in the trees whenever possible. Now if you can get a pair of light weights like the JJ’s to ski like a heavier/bigger mountain ski then you’ve got yourself a ski to get pumped on. The perfect example of this I think is Atomic’s Bent Chetler. However, the JJ wasn’t far behind on the BC’s heels. I easily felt like I could take the JJ anywhere the mountain had to offer. On the groomers it was stable at high and low speeds and was responsive when I wanted it to be. I noticed that it wasn’t quite aggressive in it’s turning as the Super 7′s I rode right before the JJ. Meaning, the Super 7′s felt like they WANTED to carve just a touch more than the JJ’s. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, to me it just means the ski has more play to it. The JJ was more ready to butter, slash and surf than the Super 7′s. And if you wanted to get down to business and carve up a storm you absolutely could, you just had to put a bit more effort into it. It was an incredible easy ski to make perform how I wanted it to and I’d say it’s sitting very comfortably in the All Mountain category. You could rock the JJ on the deepest powder days and do just fine riding groomers with it all day as well. If you want negatives about it, I’m not sure I can provide for your needs. But I can highlight a few areas where I thought it might have lacked when compared with skis that you might call its competition. For one, the JJ’s seemed to be a little slow coming out of their turns on the groomers. I’m talking about when you’re really on edge though. It was as if they didn’t want to break that hard edge contact which actually gave off a heavy like feeling. Which I know they aren’t heavy. Next I noticed that they were a little chattery in the cruddier snow. So think cut up or packed pow and even some ice clumps. The tips just seemed to bounce a bit more than the Super 7′s I also rode. Finally, I the JJ’s weren’t quite as bull dozerish as some of the other skis. Take the Atomic Bent Chetler for example, plowed through everything it seemed. The JJ’s weren’t terrible, but I think the lightness of the ski made it bounce around a bit more.
So there you go, a real life review of the 2012 Armada JJ. I’d fully recommend the ski to pretty much anyone. It’s definitely a great ski, others might differ in opinions but I think when it really comes down to it 90% of the skiing population is going to like the 2012 Armada JJ. Actually, they’re the same as last years so if you can grab a pair of those for less….do it!
I also found this sneek peak video for everyone to check out as well on the 2012 Armada JJ’s and AK JJ’s.