The goldilocks one-quiver backcountry ski is an elusive beast, requiring extensive R&D, inspired vision, and maybe a hint of fairy dust. Freeride skiers, however, may have found the solution in the Armada Locator 104. The Locator incorporates tip rocker plus moderate camber, with a generous shovel and blended tail shape. The result is a ski geared towards speed while retaining the ability to float on powder or crash through crud without protest. A caruba core keeps weight manageable, making these skis an excellent choice for multi-day trips or collecting laps where conditions can change at a moment’s notice. Fairy tale travelers, take heed: your quest for the perfect everyday ski might end early with the Armada Locator 104 ski.
- Full-length carbon reinforcement dials the stiffness for enhanced speed--without adding weight.
- Minimalist 1.7 lightweight edges are heat-treated for a light, snappy feel.
- "AR Bat Tail" effectively centers skin tail clips.
- Tapered tips and tails guarantee hook-free skiing across various snow types.
|Lengths (cm)||162, 170, 178, 186|
|Weight (pair)||2560g 
||AR Bat Tail|
||EST Freeride Rocker|
||Spoon tip, medium radius, flat tail|
||Ti binding dampener + carbon reinforcement|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Do-it-all ski touring with a soft snow preference|
|Notes||Less rocker, more camber than the Locator 112|
|Bottom Line||Balanced, light and fast freeride touring ski|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
The Ripstick is a bit stiffer and more powerful, while the Locator is more playful and a hair lighter.
The Ripstick has a little more muscle, so it would probably perform better in less-than-ideal conditions.
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