Armada ARV 116 JJ Ski
ArmadaARV 116 JJ Ski

The definition of a ski flow.

The past three years have taught skiers everywhere that nobody flows in powder better than JJ, and Armada's ARV 116 JJ Ski is back for a third generation to blur the line between freerider flow and hard-charging aggression. Armada updated this generation by moving the contact point behind the widest part of the ski, resulting in a more rounded-out turn so you can flow as you charge. The rest of the ski is basically the same rig you've seen the past two years.

It still styles the same rockered tip and tail that helps you groove down deeps like a funky fresh cat dancing in the seventies. There's still the same camber underfoot that springs you in and out of soft snow, or even variable snow for that matter. Armada added its Smear Tech to the base so the ski will feel as buttery as Armada's freestyle skis.

  • Freeride ski flows down big, powdery mountains
  • Fat 116mm waist is a true powder surfer
  • Rocker tip and tail navigates deep conditions with ease
  • Camber underfoot ensures reliable edge-hold
  • Pop-Lite wood core with KEVLAR and carbon stringers for stiffness
  • Sandwich construction with durable sidewalls for easier tuning
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My favorite ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was having a hard time deciding what ski to ride this upcoming season and after testing these for a few runs at Alta last year, I really want to do more research. I've never owned a pair of JJ's but they seemed to be a quintessential part of every "pow slayer's" arsenal, so I decided to check out what the hype was all about. Armada has created a 3D sidewall much like the Bent Chetler (now that Atomic owns Armada) to make the underfoot stiffer than previous models. The contact point is also pulled back, so it skis shorter than it actually is, giving you more control and easier turn initiation. In between storms, these absolutely RAIL, I was able to lay them over and carve away from hard landings, stomp jumps off cat tracks, and lay trenches down big mountain faces. The few "powder" days we've had in Utah so far, you won't catch me on any other ski. These have made me so confident in deeper snow and even in the air. They are very stable at high speeds and the low swing weight allows me to whip these through the trees and pop side hits with ease. This ski is so fun, I find myself running on smiles when my legs give out at the end of the day. I'm 6'1 175 and have the 192, mounted at -2 mark, these deliver on every aspect and mountain condition. The new JJ is my weapon of choice.


My favorite ski

Float on

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really stoked on these things! Stable and fun on hard snow and in-between storm, true powder slayer once things get soft! Multiple mounting points, so if you prefer more freeski or more big mountain, you have options! Atomic moved the contact point out, so your ski skis a bit closer to the true length. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a great, light pow ski!

A ski for Powder

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skis are made to float on powder with a rocker tip and tail, yet the camber under foot ensures you will be carving up the mountain in between storms.

Let me know if you have any questions regarding sizing!

Pray for snow

A ski for Powder

im skiing on Blizzard's Bonafide 187cm from last year and im 5'11" and 190lbs. What size do you recommned on this one? Will the larger width make up for some length?

Powder Chowder

    I've been skiing with these for a few years now and they can do anything. They really excel in deep stuff and maneuver pretty well too. A great choice for soft and steep conditions.

    The JJ is Back Baby

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Looking for a Freeride ski with a playful attitude? Look no further! This years JJ focuses on crushing big lines and has few changes in relation to the past year model. Armada didn't need to fix much because they hit the nail on the head the first time. Ideal skiing scenario for these sticks is deeper powder and soft snow conditions. The freestyle rocker makes turning in powder effortless, but they still hold a solid edge in the chop, ice, and groomed conditions. If your style is flowy and playful this ski is for you, but don't be fooled the JJ's are no wimp at speed and are very stable. If you have questions or need a pair please feel free to reach out. I will personally gear you up and talk skiing. My contact info is above.