ARV 116 JJ Ski
The super popular and historic JJ is back with a slight rebrand from Armada. Now Known as the ARV 116 JJ, these sticks still pack all of the same maneuverability, float, and freestyle freedom you have come to expect out of this classic ski.
The JJ's are built as a pow specific ski but can easily be used on a daily basis if you are skiing bigger mountains. The key to this versatility is the AR Freestyle Rocker profile. By blending camber from contact point to contact point with rocker out to the tip and tail this ski is able to handle groomers, crud, and pow. The camber underfoot provides powerful edge hold and excellent response for control on hard snow, while the rocker out to the tip and tail allows you to float over powder and crud. The rocker also enhances this ski's freestyle performance by reducing swing weight and providing a solid platform to stomp big tricks in powder. In addition to this versatile platform the JJ also features a short and super maneuverable turning radius that thrives in tight trees or jibby undulating terrain. Finally a responsive Pop-Lite core provides the confidence you need to ski how and where you want to all season long.
- Freestyle powder ski for jibbing and carving all over the mountain
- 116mm waist provides ample float without limiting maneuverability
- AR freestyle profile enhances all-mountain performance and control
- Medium-stiff flex is stable at high speeds but easily manipulated
- Pop-Lite core is durable and poppy to inspire confidence
- Smear Tech beveled bases increase maneuverability and float
- S7 base is durable and low maintenance for consistent performance
- Q & A
Awesome, fun, responsive ski
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These were surprisingly light. They are very playful, responsive and fun to be on. I cannot overstate how nice the lightness in the ski was when you're trying to whip them around quickly. They hold an edge nice on groomers and tackle the deep stuff too! I would probably go with the ARV 106 looking back for more of a daily, but these are still awesome all over the mountain!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I hear these are the dopest skis ever made
Redesigned but Still Fantastic
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I skied on some JJ's from a few seasons back, but they where a much different ski to the new ARV version. This new redesigned shape still has the original spirit of the JJ but in a lighter, easier to use package. The tip and tail of this ski is a very flexible thin shape, making it easy to spin or slash turns. The underfoot is a mid stiff design, which makes the skis feel playful but they don't fold in half when the snow gets choppy. Overall these skis really look great in person and they made every run that i took on them fun. I really like these skis and the ultra light version as well if your looking for something you can take touring.
I skied the 185 length, I am 5'5" and about 155 pounds and the length felt perfect due to generous tip and tail rocker.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are some sweet skis. Perfect amount of flex. Not too stiff to butter around, but stiff enough for when you want to pop off stuff. I went with the 185s and I would definitely get them again.
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.