Armada Triumph 2013 Ski Review
You would be forgiven for thinking that Armada make only premium, park, pipe and back-country monsters, but Loveskiing got their hands on the Armada Triumph ski designed for piste-based fun! The Triumph is aimed at the intermediate through to expert skier and offers a premium ski for Armada in the race/GS market. Find out how we got on…
Armada Triumph Technical Specification:
164 cm, 171 cm, 178 cm, 185 cm
[185cm] 126/ 80 / 113 mm
[185cm] 17 m
X-Shape, twintip, positive camber
AR50 sidewall, Impact Edge
Wood, Titanal layers
The Armada Triumph skis have a very simple, clean design with a titanium-look finish throughout. If you want skis to stand out, then they certainly won’t do it for you! However, for a sophisticated, premium design, they are subtle and sleek which will appeal to many a skier.
The Triumph has layers of Titanal (a titanium compound) that aims to create a stiffer flex to smooth out the ride and provide more responsive turning. The Titanal and wood core combined with the traditional camber to engage the tip and tail upon entry and exit of the turns makes for an extremely nimble ski. On hard-packed snow the Triumphs were extremely responsive and it was easy to make large carving turns or precise small turns. The grip on offer was impressive and allows you to ski quickly and aggressively in icy conditions whilst maintaining full control. With accurate, responsive turns, good grip and excellent manoeuvrability, moguls were a breeze!
The Armada Triumph skis feel quick, accelerate quickly from the off and further through carving turns. They cruise down pisted slopes and are relatively effortless to turn. When you feel like something a bit more adventurous, the twin-tip design is well suited to skiing backwards, a run through the park or a bit of off-piste. The carving X-shape profile doesn’t lend itself too well to deep powder and you will find that you tend to sink rather than float in the really deep stuff! The Triumphs are great fun through snowboard cross tracks offering great control, speed and a stable landing off the jumps.
We didn’t really know what to expect with the Triumph skis and were pleasantly surprised! They offered great handling ability and grip on piste and also give you the freedom to explore a bit of off-piste and the odd trip to the park. It is worth noting that if you plan to do any serious off-piste or back-country skiing then you will want to look elsewhere. For the advanced intermediate and advanced skier they offer a welcome alternative to the mainstream powerhouses such as Rossignol, Atomic and Salomon and one that we would highly recommend looking into!