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|
|Weight (pair)||2320g 
||Armada AR Bat Tail Self Center|
||Early tip rise, camber underfoot, flat tail|
||Tapered/rockered tip, flat tail|
||Ti binding dampeners plus carbon reinforcement meld dampness and energy|
|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|
|Compare to other Mid-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
- 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!
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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.
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
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.
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"
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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