Gear Review: Armada ARW 2016

When it comes to women’s skis there has been a recurring trend, famously called “pink it and shrink it,” where companies are doing just that, taking their men’s ski adding a “girly” design and decreasing the size. This just doesn’t cut it. Thankfully the wonderful people at Armada agree. Enter their flagship women’s ski the Armada ARW.

The ARW is the ski used by Armada’s X Game level women. This ski is intended for use in the park but is a great all-mountain ski. The control and power of the ARW are a testament to its construction. Armada opted to use their hybrid carbon and wood core, as they do with their mens ski, this amped up the durability and control. The flex is on the moderate side. Below you can see the flex pattern of the ARW with 1 being the softest and 10 being stiffest. The only issue with the ARW is that they only come in two sizes, 161 cm and 166 cm.


The graphics on the ARW’s top sheet are really incredible. They used real flowers placed on a chalkboard to create an image of a skeleton and then photographed and digitally enhanced it. Armada has managed to create a graphic with a distinctly feminine feel while staying away from all of the cliche ideas of what makes a “girly” design.