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Posted on January 18th, 2011 by Kyle

Armada Ski Brand:

Armada Skis is what founders, Tanner Hall, JP Auclair, JF Cusson, Julien Regnier, Boyd Easley, and Chris O’connell were looking to create. In 2002 the Armada ski company transformed from a small freeski brand to a leader in ski technology with the very public marketing push by owner Tanner Hall. ESPN could not help but notice the rather large amount of Armada gear floating through the crowd during the ski half pipe awards ceremony. Now the Armada brand has become the most popular ski for park rats and for powder skiers alike.

New for 2012, check out Armada’s Men’s TST ski and the Women’s VJJ ski!

The TST is an all-mountain ski designed to take you anywhere you want to go and off anything you want to huck. The ski was designed with Armada’s EST All Mountain Rocker. It’s a ski for all Skiers who ski all Mountain, Deep POW, Variable Snow Conditions, and Big Mountain Point & Shoot skiing. Sounds fun.

Expect the 2012 Armada TST’s to come in the following sizes:

Ski dimensions: 120-133-103-124 @ 192cm
Available length of skis: 192, 183, 174,165, 156

Armada TST Skis

The 2012 VJJ is Armada’s women’s specific version of the original JJ. The VJJ will use Armada’s patented EST Free ride Rocker to help it keep you on top of the pow when you want and dive down under when you feel like getting a chilly face. And this isn’t just a pow only ski, Armada designed it to perform in the worst conditions, carve on hard-pack and be a true all mountain ski. Which is why Armada is claiming it’s the perfect women’s ski for the whole mountain.

Look for the VJJ’s to come in the sizes:

Ski dimensions: 126-136-115-133-123 @ 165cm
Available length of skis: 165, 175

Armada VJJ’s Ski

14 Responses to “2012 Armada TST & VJJ!”

  1. J.Tingey says:

    6’0″, 185lb male. Binding: Solomon STH. Skied 183cm in powder, crud, and some other mixed conditions, including ice, 3 days in CO. Handling and turning in powder and trees like the 185cm Armada JJ, but not quite as floaty. Balance and pivot are near perfect. On harder snow and bumps the TST handles better than the JJ. With the longer effective edge (no tail rocker, longer camber, and stiffer), GS and shorter turns hold like you’re on rails. The ski is very fast and carves like a dream. A little tip chatter at higher speeds (+35 mph – expected with rocker). Float is as expected – a bit more technique and finesse is needed than with the JJ, but still awesome performance… Grade = A+ Grab a pair for All Mountain Nirvana.

  2. Kyle says:

    Awesome review man! Haven’t gotten on a pair yet, but your words definitely are making me want to. I kinda like the idea of less float in pow, only cause I love getting buried in it.

  3. dayton says:

    for a all mountain powder ski what doe you think i should get tst or jj

  4. B.holland says:

    5’10″ 170LBS male. I just demo’d the TST at Mammoth for 4 days, in heavy wind and snow. the top of the mountain had 100+ mph and never opened. The 175′s were out so I took the 165′s. They did everything I asked and more. short swing rebound, loaded GS, wind drift to wind swept ice they held the edge. surf turns on double black in the tree’s everything was effortless. went back to the shop to see if the longer ones came back but the guy bought them and I had the last pair, so I bought them. Shortest ski and Best ski for me I have ever had.

  5. Kyle says:

    Haha that’s rad man. Yea we had a guy on some TST’s at a demo earlier this year and he was way stoked on them. I’m still trying to get him to write a proper review of them so everyone can read about their greatness. Sounds like they’re going to be a big seller next year. I think manufacturers are really honing in on the optimal all-mountain ski sizes.

  6. Slick says:

    6’2″ 190 lbs 41 yo male been skiing for 25 years. I skied my pair of 183 TST’s for second half of last season in Tahoe. Gotta say,they are the sickest things I ever had under my feet. They float in all types of Pow,never hooky anywhere except a little carving switch. They rail on hardpack and scream to be stepped on in the steeps. They did seem to be a little soft in the tip when on grippy snow in tight chutes. They do ski alot shorter than they are. Easy to smear and they land in pow like your on shock absorbers,the rocker tip is ready to turn as soon as you land…Cant wait for the first big pow day at kirkwood!!!

  7. Kyle says:

    Wow thanks for that review!

  8. Matt Bowes says:

    I’m new to the ski world. I been back country Snow Boarding for last 3 years. How well do they perform in the Trees?

    I really want to get into Free skiing. I wonder if Could use these as a Beginner ski since they can carve… then transition into POW back country and Tree skiing?

  9. Kyle says:

    The TST’s would be an awesome ski to use for all that you just mentioned. I know a lot of people who have said they want the TST’s for their freeride/backcountry ski. Let me know if you have any more questions on them, happy to help!


  10. matt Bowes says:

    Well Im set on them now… Now Free/Back-Country boots and Bindings?

    Would this set up work?? What would you suggest?

    Bindings 2012 Marker’s Jester Pro with a DIn ranged 8-18.

    Boots – 2011-12 Nordica Fire Arrow F3 Ski Boot. -/+2 Setting =14-16 flex
    14 flex is there backcountry/hike rating.

  11. Kyle says:

    Well for bindings, if you’re going to be doing backcountry as well as free riding, right now your options are a bit limited. But I would go with the Marker Dukes. Come next year you’ll have a few more options from Salomon/Atomic as well as the MFD Alltime binding integration should be more distributed. But the Dukes are your best bet right now.


    As for boots, Nordica has a Sidecountry line (called Hell & Back) that is specifically for this kind of skiing. Sidecountry meaning resort/some backcountry. Salomon also has their Quest series which accomplishes the same thing. Hopefully that gives you some ideas, let me know if you have more questions!

  12. Matt Bowes says:

    Well I talk to my Vendor Rep today and I will for sure got a deal on some TST 180+-190+ range !!!! Thanks on the Ski input!

    Now for My Back country trips I don’t Have to Hike very Far. We have groomed Cat Tracks that lead to the Canyons its about 15 min on Snow board Hike Ski is 10 mins or less pushing forward never getting of the dam ski lol=[)

    I think Marker Dukes bindings will have to many moving parts for my liking. Less is always better when it comes to snow and Moving parts. What I’m keyed on is the front AFD Toe plate being Lock down with Pro Jester’s.

    What is the down fall of having a moving Front AFD Toe plate?

    The “PRos” Freerides wanted it lock down… Why is that?

  13. Kyle says:

    Ok, so just to be clear. When you say Backcountry riding you’re not talking about needing a binding that has a “tour mode” because you’ll either be skating on the skis or just taking them off completely and post holing in your boots, correct? If so, then yes you could go for the Marker Jester Pro. That’s actually a pretty beefy binding tho and might be over the top if you’re just getting into it skiing again. You could save yourself some cash and get something lower on the charts that would work just fine for you. The regular Jester or even The Griffon would probably be ok. But it sounds like you’re getting some pro deals so perhaps cash won’t matter as much. Salomon also makes some bad ass bindings for freeriding, the STH 14 & 16′s are what I ski on currently and I love them both.

    I think the “downfall” you’re referring to in having an AFD plate that is on a track and slides (like in the Marker Duke) is that the Dukes have had some issues in the past with the AFD’s breaking. Which then means you have to replace the piece. Now that’s not too hard since they are only attached with a phillips head screw, but if they’re out of stock or on back order (because the Duke is so popular and the breaking issue really was an issue) then it’s not so easy to replace it. The fixed plate doesn’t move and is just a low friction plate. Both are engineered to accomplish the same thing, let the boot release easier from the toe during a crash.

    If you plan on backcountry/sidecountry riding at all, I would definitely consider the Duke or another type of binding with a tour mode. The reason why is I have a feeling once you try it you’ll just want more and then you’ll be looking at spending more cash to get another set of bindings or a pair of MFD Alltime plates.

  14. kurt says:

    have skied the tst for 2 seasons. have skiied for over 40 years am 6ft 190lbs very athletic,ski the 183 length.love the ski as reviewed earlier i also skied the jjs. I agree totally with the reviewer the jjs might be better in the powder however as a all mountain ski the tst stands out over just about all other skiis I have demoed.I ski well over a 100 days a year and the local ski shop asks me to demo their skis regularly so have been fortunate to have skiied a lot of skis.

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