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The new women's Trace series from Armada Skis includes this 98 all mountain version for advanced skiers - our test team provides their review after riding them in all conditions last winter in Austria.

Level
Advanced
Best for
Advanced recreational women skiers looking for ultimate versatility across the mountain
Price
£500
Season
2017/18
lengths
156,164,172
Bindings?
No
Float
8
Versatility
8
Playfulness
8
Energy
7
Value
7
Stability
7
Overall Score
7
+
Versatility both on and off-piste in all conditions
A little on the bland side for stronger skiers

The Armada Trace 98 is a new model from Armada for the 2018 winter ski season. They are categorised as all mountain skis and certainly have the ability to handle everything from piste to powder.

When taking the Armada Trace 98 into off-piste terrain and especially deep powder snow, you almost get the impression they are getting excited about it, you can feel it through your feet. They are highly responsive with an ideal width under foot that strikes a good balance across variating conditions and suit advanced women skiers looking to improve in off-piste terrain.

Soft and light these skis make for a perfect intro to freeride - perhaps for someone on their first season looking for versatility in their skis. They're a playful ski due to the flex, although if you're more inclined to use them in powder than piste then perhaps it would be better to go for a longer length.

Despite lots of positives and although generally they are easy to turn on-piste and pleasant to ride in powder - overall they're a little on the bland side.

The top sheet has a very urban look to it and we like it - really great looking skis. Mid-range in price at £500 without bindings, so good value for money, if not the cheapest in the category.

Perfect skis for upper end recreational women skiers who don't push the limits too hard but want a reliable all mountain ski with lots of versatility.

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