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  1. #1
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    Touring on Armada Tracer 98?

    Iím looking for an East Coast spring touring and backcountry ski. I ski pretty aggressively and Iím looking for something with decent edge hold and pretty damp and stable at high speeds and through crud. I also want it to be maneuverable and playful for side hits, drops, and glades. Iíll be mainly skiing these in the spring on mount Washington but also in some glades mid-winter when itís not deep enough for my wailer 112s. Will be pairing them with some vipecs, Ions/zeds, or rotations. Let me know of any experience with these!


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  2. #2
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    How much have you skied on Mt washington?

    I wouldn't describe the snow conditions as crud often and high speeds through crud you might as well just jump off a building.

    So what do you really want? A corn ski? Or something that skis in no-fall terrain? That's the situation that is most commonly on mt wash.

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  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanCH View Post
    How much have you skied on Mt washington?

    I wouldn't describe the snow conditions as crud often and high speeds through crud you might as well just jump off a building.

    So what do you really want? A corn ski? Or something that skis in no-fall terrain? That's the situation that is most commonly on mt wash.

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    I should have been more clear. I will be skiing these on a resort on early morning skin laps when I often experience crud and higher speeds which I why I want something stable with good edge hold and and in reference to Mt. Wash Iím referring to the sherbie in terms of dampness thru crud when I know I wonít be heading into the bowl. So I guess theyíre not mainly for Mt. Wash but I guess Iím looking for an all mountain oriented touring ski but I already pulled trig on the tracers so if I get to ride em this year Iíll report back.


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  4. #4
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    I have the 2018 Aramada Tracer 98 with Atomic Shift bindings on them and used them for 50/50 last 1 1/2 seasons in Northern VT.


    For touring the setup feels on the heavy side (just read somewhere the 2019-20 Tracer 98 are 20% lighter) but performs well on the way down.. poppy but stable on uneven bc terrain, responsive enough in tight trees and they float okay in pow.


    There's a lot of unnerving chatter on hardpack groomers at speed but the profile seems to hold an edge. They feel noticeably a little wide for resort riding in anything but fresh pow. Cheers.

  5. #5
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    Also looking at this ski as a touring setup ski. How tall/big are you guys? I'm 5'10" and 225lbs and looking at the 180cm or 188cm. If there was a 185 option, that would be perfect but as it is for the tracer, I'm in between. Looking to do soft snow touring, i.e. powder laps in winter and corn in the spring.
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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheK12 View Post
    Also looking at this ski as a touring setup ski. How tall/big are you guys? I'm 5'10" and 225lbs and looking at the 180cm or 188cm. If there was a 185 option, that would be perfect but as it is for the tracer, I'm in between. Looking to do soft snow touring, i.e. powder laps in winter and corn in the spring.
    I ended up grabbing a pair of them but unfortunately canít ride them until next season. Iím 5í11Ē and 175lbs and went with the 180cm. Iím planning to use them for the same terrain and snow type. Theyíre not really a super stiff pair of skis at all. I have a pair of faction prodigys and DPS wailers and they feel pretty soft comparatively when I hand flex them.


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  7. #7
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    I ended up going with the 188cm as I couldn't pass up the deal. Figured that if they didn't work out as a touring setup, I could use them in the resort on soft snow days. Looking forward to skiing them and still holding out hope for some easy May tours...
    The K-12 dude. You make a gnarly run like that and girls will get sterile just looking at you - Charles De Mar

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