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We put the Armada Tracer 108's freeride credentials under the microscope at our test in Galtür. But will they come up with the goods?
Level
Advanced
Terrain
Freeride
Best for
Freeriders who do not mind a little uphill to get their downhill fix.
Price
£545
Season
2018/19
lengths
164,172,180,188
Bindings?
No
Float
9
Versatility
7
Playfulness
8
Energy
8
Value
7
Stability
8
Overall Score
8
+
Super stability towards the lower end of the weight category.
Lacked a little pop.

The Armada Tracer 108 is a curious beast, being surprisingly light for its dimensions given that it offers a pretty stiff ride too.

Pure touring aficionados would not look twice at a ski that is 108mm wide and comes in at around 1900 grams per plank, but, matched with the right bindings, the Armada Tracer 108 is a freeride ski that has the potential for a bit of backcountry adventure while keeping the thrills high for the downhill ride.

It gave a feeling of security zipping through cruddy and soft snow on a particularly bad visibility day in Galtür, which comes in handy when you're diving headfirst into the backcountry.

The consensus was that the Tracer 108 gives a sturdy ride, although one tester felt the rock-solid stability was too rock-like and lacked "bounce and pop" despite the addition this season of some subtle rocker.

But the ski is meant for high-speed powder shredding and excels at it, helped by titanal reinforcement under the binding, a poplar/ash wood core and Armada's proprietary 'Xrystal Mesh' dampening insert.

If more float in the deep is your thing then the Tracer comes in a 118mm version, while 88 and 98 widths allow the ski to arguably straddle the all-mountain category.

But the as an out-and-out freeride ski, the Tracer 108 ticked all the boxes - stable, floaty, playful and fun.

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