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Armada Locator 104 Ski


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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
convert to ounces
1280g [162]
1400g [170]
1450g [178]
1510g [186]
Weight (pair) 2560g [162]
2800g [170]
2900g [178]
3020g [186]
Dimensions   129-104-121 [162]
130-104-121 [170]
131-104-122 [178]
132-104-123 [186]
Turn Radius   20m [162]
21m [170]
22m [178]
23m [186]
Skin Fix   AR Bat Tail
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   EST Freeride Rocker
Shape   Spoon tip, medium radius, flat tail
Construction   Ti binding dampener + carbon reinforcement
Core   Caruba wood
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
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Eric
Please help me decide between these and the Ripstick 104. The specs seem nearly identical! Which do you think has the edge in thick PNW powder? In harder than expected conditions? Or should I just go with the color I prefer?
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Eric,

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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Color has been shown to increase performance by up to 150%, so choose wisely!
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