2021 Armada Declivity 92 Ti

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Philpug: If light is right for you, then put the Declivity 92 on your list of skis to consider. This is a new age for Armada, and the Declivity series is the first collection to be completely designed and built in house under the Amer brand. Even though the 92 falls in between the Declivity 82 and 102, it does not suffer from middle-child syndrome. It is playful on the groomers and still has some off-piste chops -- it could be the one-ski quiver that people are looking for from Armada.
  • Insider tip: The Declivity really likes to finish a turn.
 
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Who is it for?
Those looking for a low-90mm ski that is extremely versatile and lightweight.
Who is it not for?
The biggest chargers might want a bit more mass under them.
Skier ability
Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Ski category
All Mountain
Ski attributes
Moguls, Off Piste, Trees, Touring/Backcountry
Segment
Men

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Available sizes
164,172, 180, 188
Dimensions
131-92-118
Rocker profile
Camber with tip and tail rocker
Construction design
All new
Binding options
Flat
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markojp

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This ski was one of my top 2 "holy cow, that's one for the radar!" skis during last season's testing. Skied it short and on hard groomers. Very good edge grip and absolutely confident when rolling it up on high edge angles. This ski is unique in that it does what it does very very well at such a light weight.
 

chris1967

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Got my first turns this season on these at Mammoth last weekend. This may sound overly emphatic, but for me this is the best ski I've been on. Morning icy hardpack to late afternoon chop/slush this ski treated me very well. It's very light to boot, so even after a couple of long days my legs did not feel nearly as fatigued as similar 90-ishmm skis I have ski'd.
 

markojp

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The declivity 92 is a really cool ski. Definitely stood out at last Feb. Industry demo, but I'm repeating myself. :)
 

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Long Term Update: I am comfortable enough to admit, just because I don't mesh with a ski, it does not mean it is a damn good ski. Both @markojp and @Tim Hedin sing the praises of the Declevity 92 and I will defer to their opinons. Me? Well, while I like the feel of the 92 on hero snow, as Marko says the ski hooks up great and follows though as you would expect, but as they say adversity shows character. I found the lightness of the Armada got pushed around when the condtions got uhm..inconsistant. I do think a lighter skier than is even more on the finesse side than me would really enjoy the ski.
 

markojp

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Skis are weird that way. Is this my ski? No, but it was really fun. I'm not a waif, and even skied them on hard snow. I was expecting nothing, but was really surprised. No trouble tipping them up with confidence. That said, a colleague with a more traditional narrow stance didn't gell with them at all. Another younger, lighter, more 'freeride' colleague liked them as well. I also didn't have a chance to ski them in heavy crud, but as a whole, Armada IMHO makes some of the better if not top tier directional skis on the market. Go figure, eh? :)

(I am in no way connected to Armada in any capacity beyond selling them at retail. We don't stock the Declivity series.)
 
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