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Armada Magic J

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Length (cm): 170, 180, 190
Sidecut @180cm (mm):
Radius (m): 18.0, 20.0, 22.0


Terrain: 100% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: advanced - expert
Stability: good
Profile: rocker - camber
Floatation: plenty

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Freeride ski Armada Magic J 2018

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Steef's review: Intermediate freeride skier

Intermediate level freeride
skier Steef's rating of this ski:

3 stars

 Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Steef

"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."

 SkillsLevel 8
 FitnessLevel 12
 SpeedLevel 11
 Length:180 cm
 Weight:72 kg


My favourite freeride skis:


1. Völkl V-Werks Katana
Freeride ski Völkl V-Werks Katana 2016


2. Stöckli Stormrider 107
Freeride ski Stöckli Stormrider 107 2016


To all my reviews


Pure powder ski

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.

Big Bastards

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.

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