Al dente
Test winner

Armada Al dente

Brand
Armada
Model
Al dente
Category
Park
Weight
1867 gr
Waist
97.3 mm
Tested length
178 cm
Year
2014

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

5
5
5
4
3
Fri Flyt overall rating of Armada Al dente:

8 / 10

Riding:
8 / 10
Jumps:
8 / 10
Jibs:
7 / 10
Playfull:
9 / 10
Technical info:
Ski in cap construction with side wall (semicap). Armada have been testing the limits for several years, and they were among the first to release taper and rocker constructions for park skis. This one has rocker, but they have gone back to a classic profile (with no taper) viewed from above. The skis have relatively much camber, and long rocker in this context. Average stiffness in the back ski, soft tips. Classic setback.

On snow:
It´s a wide ski, which performs better on soft snow than on harder surfaces. This is a good and playful ski, but it is unstable on hard surfaces. The playfulness is at its best when the mounting is centered, then it is also more stable. We were told by Armada that Mr. Harlaut skis the Al Dente with some setback. Then we met his little brother Oscar. He was using his big brother's old pair, and they were 100% centered. The most playful ski in the test.

Pros:
Skien takler de fl este forhold godt, men oppfører seg best på mykere føre. Den gir god popp og trygge landinger, og sånn sett en god allround-ski.

Cons:
Skiene blir urolige på hardt føre, spesielt i høy hastighet.


Al dente

Technical data:

Measured length
181 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 55543
Brand
Armada
Model
Al dente
Produced
Austria
Available lengths
168, 188
Contact length
114 cm
Rocker tail
29 cm
Rocker nose
38 cm
Side cut
148 cm
Taper tail
16 cm
Taper tip
17 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
8 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
2 cm
Max tail width
122.3 mm
Min waist width
97.3 mm
Max nose width
132.5 mm
Side cut radius
21.2 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
10.2 mm
Surface area (one ski)
1957 cm2
Weight
1867 gr
Relative weight
0.95 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
58 mm
Hight nose tip
53 mm
Angle tail tip
34°
Angle nose tip
33°
Height of camber
5 mm

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.