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Armada Locator 88 Ski

$699.95 $549.95

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Built with the up and down in mind, the Locator 88 from Armada has turned into a surprise favorite here at Skimo Co. While not the lightest 88mm ski around, the Locator is far from heavy, much to the delight of weary legs on an epic day. Compared to other mountaineering skis, the Locator features low camber and an approachable flex pattern, allowing you to ski the ski instead of the other way around. The Ti Binding Dampener helps with binding retention while also smoothing over vibrations in rough snow. To keep the skins centered and behaving, the Locator 88 features Armada's AR Bat Tail design, ensuring the tail clip doesn't obnoxiously slide off the side of the tail. With a fun and versatile shape, the Armada Locator 88 is an excellent horse to add to your stable.

  • EST All Mountain Rocker allows the Locator 88 to have excellent all-around mannerisms.
  • Caruba Core keeps things light, allowing you to move quickly and efficiently.
  • 1.7mm Lightweight Edge finds the balance between weight savings and durability.
  • Comp Series Base is durable and will help fend off errant rock strikes.
  • Ti Binding Dampener helps absorb vibration and keep the bindings securely attached to your ski.
  • AR Bat Tail helps keep the tail clip centered and on your ski.
Lengths (cm) 152, 162, 172, 182
convert to ounces
1085g [152]
1165g [162]
1280g [172]
1375g [182]
Weight (pair) 2170g [152]
2330g [162]
2560g [172]
2750g [182]
Dimensions   114-88-107 [152]
115-88-108 [162]
117-88-109 [172]
118-88-110 [182]
Turn Radius   18.5 [152]
19.5 [162]
20.5 [172]
21.5 [182]
Skin Fix   Round tip, tail notch
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   Rocker,camber, slight tail rocker
Shape   Tapered/rockered tip, flat tail
Construction   Ti binding dampener, comp base
Core   Caruba
Skimo Co Says
Usage Glorious spring turns
Notes TI binding dampener helps with binding retention and dampens vibration
Bottom Line A pleasant ski for all hard snow missions
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Frank L
I'm also interested in the comparison between Locater 88 and Black Crows Ova Freebird. And maybe throwing Ripstick Tour 88 into the conversation as well.
Answer from Niko M
Hi Frank! The Locator 88s are stiffer than the Ova, making them more precise and powerful on the down. This flex pattern is not overwhelming, however, and it is quite agreeable for the majority of skiers. Additionally, construction and shape differences make for a more damp ride on the Locator 88s while performing better across a range of conditions. The Ripstick Tour 88s are another excellent ski. Their shape lends to a tighter, quicker turn than the Locators which may allow for greater maneuverability. That is not to say the Locators are not a maneuverable ski, they just do not have as short of a turning radius. Ultimately, both are great skis, but hard to go wrong with the Locator 88!
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Question from Emily
How do these compare to the Voile HyperVectors? I'm also considering the Black Crows Ova. Overall looking for a relatively easy to ski spring ski that can handle some variable conditions. I'm currently on RMU Valhalla 107 Tours and love how they ski, but looking for something a little lighter and skinnier.
Answer from Niko M
Hi Emily! The Locator 88s will feel more precise and lively edge to edge when compared to the HyperVectors. These characteristics will be highlighted in firmer conditions. The HyperVectors will be better in softer snow, however the Locator 88s are no slouch. They ski quite well in a range of conditions and have proven to be a versatile option, even in variable snow. When compared to the Ova, the Locators will be a better overall ski on the down. They are a great ski and would be an awesome addition to your quiver!
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