Intermediate level freeride skier Steef's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 3723
"For freeride skis counts for me: stability at speed over comfort and maneuverability. Of course freeride skis need to provide enough floatation for bottomless powder snow. Versatility in the sense of quality on other snow conditions is a bonus. And I rather put more than less energy in skiing, also in the backcountry."
The Armada Magic J is a true powder ski. You see it and you feel it. This ski is not meant to do groomed pistes but is designed to rip deep powder. And in that it is very good! WOW, what a float, even not expert powder skiers like me can easily surf in the powder and enjoy maximum sensation. I like more versatility though and because of its limited usability the Magic J is a 3 star ski for me.
The ski is cool looking, long and wide. Nevertheless it feels shorter while skiing. On piste it is OK to handle. No carving of course but you can come down to the chairlift without cold sweat. Avoid chopped-up snow and spoiled off piste areas, the skis can manage but it demands skills and effort. Deep powder is where these babies want to play.
Armada about the Magic J
"As Tanner’s skiing has evolved, so have his demands for a ski worthy of his name. The Magic J is a wider version of the JJ with less taper and the widest points moved closer to the tip and tail. Featuring EST Freeride rocker, the result is a ski with a longer turning radius that is extremely stable at high speeds yet playful in the pow.", according to Armada. In deep snow that is. Even when not high speeding the ski feels shorter than it actually is. The moving of the widest point slightly aft, seems to pays off.
Advanced level freeride skier Heyman's rating of this ski:
Considering his skiers profile:
en-US - * - 4299
"Fat skis that are made just for deep deep powder days. The wider the better, preferably with a full rocker profile to get that surfing feeling. Floatation and maneuverability are key factors. Performance on hard pack is of no importance."
The Armada Magic J perfroms better and better as the powder snow gets deeper and deeper. I tested the 190cm long model of which the floatation was so immense that it let to believe that the 180cm long version would deliver plenty of float for a skier of my build (178cm and 85kg). With the radius shortened by 2 meters, the playfulness of the Magic J would certainly increase a lot. And the ease with which this ski surfs on pow would practically stay the same.
This ski is made for...
The expert freerider. Definitely. The stability at speed makes you want to ride this ski as fast as you dare, The lack of edge grip however demands a very good technique on piste and in chopped up snow. And big upper leg muscles as well. Advanced freeriders might be better of with the Armada JJ 2.0.
Armada about the Norwalk
"As Tanner’s skiing has evolved, so have his demands for a ski worthy of his name. The Magic J is a wider version of the JJ with less taper and the widest points moved closer to the tip and tail. Featuring EST Freeride rocker, the result is a ski with a longer turning radius that is extremely stable at high speeds yet playful in the pow.", says Armada.
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