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Armada Locator 96 Ski

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While out for a day in the mountains, it’s highly possible to find perfect powder up high, refrozen coral reef in the middle, and slush at the bottom. This variety of conditions necessitates a versatile tool, which describes the Armada Locator 96 to a “T” (and then some). Using their EST Freeride Rocker profile (rocker in the tip and a flat tail), Armada has ensured that the Locator 96 floats well in the soft stuff without sacrificing much on harder snow. To help with longevity, Armada employs their Comp base, which combines UHMW polyethylene and carbon for durability against rock strikes while billy-goating through rocky terrain. Finally, TI Binding Dampener is on hand to smooth over those teeth-rattling descents down frozen coral. Whether skiing powder, hard snow, or anything in between, the Locator 96 is designed to be a versatile tool for whatever the day holds.

  • EST Freeride Rocker combines a rockered/tapered tip, camber underfoot, and a flat tail, providing reliability in all conditions.
  • Comp base is UHMW polyethylene and carbon, helping to keep the bases durable and gliding smoothly over the snow.
  • 1.7mm Lightweight edges provide excellent durability while keeping the weight down.
  • Caruba core provides damping without adding unnecessary grams.
  • TI Binding Dampener combines rubber and Titanal under the binding, helping keep the vibrations down whilst traversing frozen sastrugi.
Lengths (cm) 157, 164, 171, 178, 185
convert to ounces
1160g [157]
1260g [164]
1315g [171]
1410g [178]
1440g [185]
Weight (pair) 2320g [157]
2520g [164]
2630g [171]
2820g [178]
2880g [185]
Sidecut   124-96-114 [157]
125-96-115 [164]
126-96-116 [171]
127-96-117 [178]
128-96-118 [185]
Turn Radius   18m [157]
19m [164]
20m [171]
21m [178]
22m [185]
Skin Fix   Armada AR Bat Tail Self Center
Specs Verified Yes
Profile   Early tip rise, camber underfoot, flat tail
Shape   Tapered/rockered tip, flat tail
Construction   Ti binding dampeners plus carbon reinforcement meld dampness and energy
Core   Caruba
Skimo Co Says
Usage Daily ski touring
Notes Comp series bases incorporate carbon for glide and longevity
Bottom Line Do-it-all ski with a freeride twist
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Questions & Reviews

Question from Peter R
How do the Locator 96 and 88 compare other than their obvious width difference? Anything else? Looking for a hard snow/spring ski to complement my Alp Tracks 100 I use for most everything now. Want energetic, playful ski capable of carving in the right conditions. Thanks!
Answer from jbo
Hi Peter, happy to help, I have the Alp Tracks 100 and the Locator 88s and think it's a great combo! The 88 was a bit off my radar but had to get a pair after skiing them. The Locator 96 has more rocker than the 88 and is slightly more energetic, but both have a similar lively feel. The 88s are quick and carve really well on hard snow, better than the 96 if just owing to the narrower width. Hope this helps.
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Question from Deane S
Hey looking at this ski to compliment my pow ski (184 hoji ) as a firm and spring snow ski . I’ll be using around the sierra and near by volcanos so lighter weight is important, powder performance not so much. How does this ski compare to the Salomon carbon 96 and the backland 100, I’m also open to other suggestions. I’m shopping in the 178-182cm range ….im 5’9 160, aggressive skier and generally like longish skis and like to ski fast when terrain and conditions dictate
Answer from Emmett I

The Locator is very energetic and poppy - very fun to ski. The Backland is the opposite, much damper. The dampness can be nice for variable snow, overall very versatile. The Salomon is somewhere in between - if you want to go more in-depth shoot us an email at!
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Question from Ben Schleicher
Stuck deciding between these Locators and the Dynastar M-Tour 99 for an all-around, variable condition touring ski in the Northern Rockies. Main characteristics I’m looking for:

- Still floats well enough in deeper snow
- Capable in steeper, technical terrain
- Not critical, but bonus points for more playfulness

Also open to other suggestions, these are just the two I’ve landed on!
Answer from Emmett I

Shoot us an email at and we can go more in-depth.

I've skied both, and both would be great options for what you're looking for. Both I would consider pretty much equal in float. I haven't gotten the chance to ski either in steeps, but I suspect they would be about equal. Both are also playful in their own way. The Locator is very energetic, and likes to slash turns. The M-Tour feels a bit damper but still pretty energetic.
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Question from Ammon
I’m looking for a ski similar to the WNDR Alpine Vital 100 camber but a bit lighter. I am 6’, 210 pounds and just want something I can use for longer days and steeper lines when the snow gets firm and chalky and that I can at least survive on when it’s refrozen and icy. Does this ski feel similar to the vital 100? Or do you have any other recommendations that might fit what I’m looking for? I have a pair of the k2 dispatch 101 that i skied one time, but they offered a refund for durability issues.
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi Ammon, the Locator 96 is a good option for you. It's stiff and cambered enough for good confidence on harder snow but springy and poppy when you carve like the Vital 98/100. Enough tip rocker and width for softer snow and powder, too! Go for at least the 178cm at your height and weight.
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Question from filippo
very interesting ski, do you know how it compares to the black crow camox? the armada is a bit lighter but the camox might be better suited for hard snow. I'm looking for a one ski quiver for continental Europe condition: a ski that can handle compact/hard snow in steep mountaineering terrain but also something to have fun in fresh pow
Answer from Gabriel I
Hi filippo, per Black Crows' site, the Camox "... is known for its forgiveness and playfulness. Its progressive flex makes it a great ski for progression ..." The Armada Locator 96 is a stiffer and more stable platform, so I'd characterize it as better on the kinds of compact and hard snow in non-forgiving terrain that you're describing. It's still got the width and enough tip rocker to handle deeper fresh snow, too.
Answer from Filippo C
Thanks for the comparison

how does the locator 96 compare with the new blizzard zero g 95, it’s lighter and seems a good alternative in European kind of terrain
Answer from Gabriel I
The Zero G 95 (newest 2023 version) is stiffer overall, the middle and tails in particular. It's got a fairly traditional cambered shape and has less tip rocker than the Locator 96. Good for steeps and harder snow.
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Question from Matt
How would you compare this in a 178 to the Fischer Hannibal 96 in a 176? Looks like the Armada weighs a bit more so I'm mostly curious about the downhill comparison. I'm searching for a daily driver to use in Colorado when I'm not sure what the snow conditions will be.
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Matt,

The Fischer Hannibal has the edge on stability, while the Locator is more playful and maneuverable. Both of them would make for great daily drivers, it just depends on your skiing style! More trees and butters and I'd recommend the Locator. If you just like skiing fast in open terrain, I'd recommend the Hannibal.
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Question from Jim
Are the weights (178cm) on these and the 104 version verified?

Armada's numbers are different (1375g) for this ski, but the same (1450g) for the 104, but another review calls the 104 "more than 1500g"
Answer from Emmett I
Hi Jim,

These weights as well as those for the 104 are verified. We weigh a handful of each and take the average weight. Because wood, a natural material, is used, weights can vary. You can always check for "Specs Verified = Yes" at the bottom of the Specifications section.
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Question from Dan
It seems that most skis in this weight class do not have any metal under the binding, is that true? The rubber + titanal combo appears to be a standout feature of this ski.
Answer from Cole P
Hey Dan, many skis do have titanal under the binding and all have rubber for dampening. With that said, the Locator series is a fun, versatile ski that is confident at high speeds.
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