2019-2020 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD2

Ski: 2019-2020 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD2, 188 cm

Available Lengths: 172, 180, 188 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.1 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 2200 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2190 & 2268 grams

Stated Dimensions: 136-106-126 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.3-105.3-125.5 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 21.5 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62 mm / 51 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5-6 mm

Core: Poplar +2 full-length Ash stringers + Titanal (2 layers) + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: Armada’s “S7”

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -2.05 cm from center; 91.0 cm from tail

 

Ski: 2019-2020 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD2, 180 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 177.9 cm

Stated Weight per Ski: 2125 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2066 & 2066 grams

Stated Dimensions: 134-106-124 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 133.3-105.3-123.0 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 20.5 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 62 mm / 54 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 5-6 mm

Core: Poplar +2 full-length Ash stringers + Titanal (2 layers) + Fiberglass Laminate

Base: Armada’s “S7″

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -1.85 cm from center; 87.1 cm from tail

[Note: Our review is being conducted on the 19/20 188 cm ARV 106Ti LTD2 and the 18/19 180 cm ARV 106Ti LTD. The ski is not being changed for 19/20, apart from graphics and a subtle name change from “ARV 106Ti LTD” to “ARV 106Ti LTD2.”]

Luke Koppa reviews the Armada ARV 106Ti LTD for Blister
19/20 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD2
Luke Koppa reviews the Armada ARV 106Ti LTD for Blister
18/19 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

This year Armada partnered with evo to release a limited-edition version of their wider all-mountain-freestyle ski, the ARV 106. The result is the ARV 106Ti LTD2 — an ARV 106 with two layers of titanal.

If you’re a frequent reader of Blister, you’ll probably know that we like skis that are both stable and playful (e.g., J Skis Metal, ON3P Kartel 108, Rossignol Black Ops 118). So the idea of a metal-laminate ARV 106 has us pretty excited. Plus, we’re testing both the 180 cm and 188 cm versions of the ski, in order to offer some input for a wider variety of skiers.

So let’s take a look at the design and specs of the ARV 106Ti to see how it compares to the standard ARV 106, and some other skis in its class.

What Armada and evo say about the ARV 106Ti LTD2

“The special edition Armada ARV 106Ti LTD² Skis return this winter with an awe-inspiring graphic and the same Titanal infused power as last season. This ski is only available through evo and its partner La Familia stores, and when they’re gone they’re gone. If you loved the freewheeling versatility of the original ARV 106 but want to tweak the volume just that much higher, this is the version you’re seeking.”

This description seems pretty fair. The regular ARV 106 is one of the more well-rounded all-mountain-freestyle skis we’ve used, and adding some metal to it should give it a bump up in stability. Our main question is just how much more stable will the ARV 106Ti feel, and how much playfulness will it lose?

Shape / Rocker Profile

The ARV 106Ti shares the same exact shape and rocker profile as the standard ARV 106. It has a bit of taper in the tips and tails — more than skis like the 4FRNT Devastator, but not as much as skis like the K2 Marksman, Faction Prodigy 3.0, and ON3P Kartel 108. [Note: evo’s page for the 19/20 ARV 106Ti LTD² currently shows a shape with more taper, but we’ve confirmed that the 19/20 version of the ski retains the same exact shape as the 18/19 ARV 106 and 18/19 ARV 106Ti LTD.]

The ARV 106Ti’s rocker profile is pretty standard for an all-mountain-freestyle ski. It has a pretty deep tip rocker line and a shallower tail rocker line that has a pretty high, twinned tail. The ARV 106Ti doesn’t have as deep of rocker lines as some skis in its class like the K2 Marksman and ON3P Kartel 108, but the ARV 106Ti’s rocker lines are still significantly deeper than more traditional, directional all-mountain skis.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 188 cm ARV 106Ti:

Tips: 6.5
Shovels: 6.5-7
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9.5
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
Tails: 7.5-7

And here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the 180 cm ARV 106Ti:

Tips: 6
Shovels: 6.5-7
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9.5
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-8.5
Tails: 7.5-6.5

Based on our hand flex, the flex patterns of the ARV 106Ti and standard ARV 106 feel very similar. There’s also not much difference between the 188 cm ARV 106Ti and the 180 cm. The 188 cm is a touch stiffer at the very ends, but other than that, the two skis’ flex patterns are nearly identical.

Both the ARV 106Ti and the standard ARV 106 have pretty soft tips and tails, but once you reach the full-sidewall sections of the skis, they’re quite stiff — especially compared to other freestyle skis. Compared to the 19/20 Line Sir Francis Bacon, the ARV 106Ti is significantly stiffer through most of the ski. The ARV 106Ti is a bit softer at the tips and tails compared to the Faction Prodigy 3.0 and ON3P Kartel 108, but the midsections of those skis feel pretty similar.

Mount Point

The ARV 106Ti’s recommended mount point is right around -2 cm from center. That’s very far forward. However, the production version of the standard ARV 106 has two mount points — one around -2 cm from center, and the other around -5 cm from center. Since the ARV 106Ti has the same shape and rocker profile as the standard ARV 106, we’ll be playing around with the mount point on the ARV 106Ti to see how it responds.

Weight

While it has two layers of titanal, the ARV 106Ti isn’t absurdly heavy by any means. In this regard, it’s similar to Armada’s directional, metal-laminate Invictus series, which are also pretty light for having two layers of metal.

Compared to the standard 188 cm ARV 106, the 188 cm ARV 106Ti is only coming in around 100 grams heavier per ski. That said, the ARV 106Ti still sits on the heavier end of the spectrum, especially compared to skis like the Line Sir Francis Bacon, Faction Candide 3.0, and J Skis Vacation.

For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. And as always, pay close attention to the length differences to keep things more apples-to-apples.

1875 & 1881 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm (19/20)
1941 & 1994 Faction Candide 3.0, 186 cm (18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1980 & 2016 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (17/18–18/19)
1980 & 2019 Moment Deathwish, 184 cm (15/16–19/20)
2010 & 2018 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19)
2032 & 2062 Line Sir Francis Bacon, 184 cm (15/16–18/19)
2042 & 2105 Line Mordecai, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2066 & 2066 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 180 cm (18/19–19/20)
2080 & 2089 Sego Big Horn 106, 187 cm (16/17–18/19)
2113 & 2121 Moment Meridian 107, 187 cm (16/17–19/20)
2113 & 2140 Armada ARV 106, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2133 & 2134 Faction Prodigy 3.0, 183 cm (18/19–19/20)
2144 & 2153 K2 Marksman, 184 cm (16/17–19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2221 & 2245 ON3P Kartel 108, 186 cm (18/19)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) We mentioned this earlier, but just how much more stable will the ARV 106Ti feel compared to the standard ARV 106?

(2) Conversely, how much playfulness will the ARV 106Ti lose (if any)?

(3) The J Skis Metal is another metal-laminate ski with a playful shape, and we really like it. So how will it compare to the ARV 106Ti? And what about the ON3P Kartel 108?

(4) The standard ARV 106 is a playful ski that we think could work for freestyle-oriented skiers with park backgrounds, and also for skiers who may not be spinning and flipping a lot, but who want a playful feel. So will the ARV 106Ti still suit those people who want to flip and spin, and will it be even more appealing to more directional skiers?

Bottom Line (For Now)

Based on its specs, the Armada ARV 106Ti LTD2 is pretty much exactly what you’d expect — a heavier, metal-laminate version of their versatile ARV 106. Blister Members can check out our initial on-snow impressions in our Flash Review linked below, and then keep your eyes peeled for a full review dropping later this season.

Flash Review

Blister Members can now check out our Flash Review of the ARV 106Ti LTD2 for our initial impressions. Become a Blister member now to check out this and all of our Flash Reviews, plus get exclusive deals and discounts on skis, and personalized gear recommendations from us.

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Rocker Pics: 188 cm Armada ARV 106Ti LTD2

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Rocker Pics: 180 cm Armada ARV 106Ti LTD

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