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Preview: 2015-2016 Armada JJ 2.0

Ski: 2015-2016 Armada JJ 2.0

Available Lengths: 165, 175, 185, & 195cm

Stated Dimensions (mm):

  • 134-141-120-137-130 (195cm length)
  • 131-138-117-134-127 (185m length)
  • 130-137-116-133-126 (175cm length)
  • 129-136-115-132-125 (165cm length)

Stated Sidecut Radius:

  • 18 meters (195cm length)
  • 17 meters (185cm length)
  • 16 meters (175cm length)
  • 15 meters (165cm length)

Stated Weight per Ski: 2,120 grams (175cm length)

This season, Armada re-designed the JJ, and it’s coming back next year with a new graphic—or two, actually.

The JJ 2.0 has a longer sidecut radius, less tip and tail taper, and a slightly more conservative rocker profile than the original.

Armada says this results in better control and stability in variable conditions and steep terrain, and better flotation at slower speeds.

As for the flex pattern, Armada still rates the JJ 2.0’s profile as a 6 – 7 – 6.5 (tip – waist – tail), same as the Armada TST, and just a touch softer than the Norwalk.

But the new JJ should still be a very playful, trick-friendly tool. We’re looking forward to re-visiting this classic playful pow ski.

Oh, and if the JJ’s new graphic isn’t metal enough for you, Armada has teamed up with Metallica to make a limited-edition JJ 2.0 (and an Invictus 95Ti).

Metallica and Armada skis

Armada x Metallica

What’s the core made of? Probably lightning.

 

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Armada JJ 2.0

 

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Armada JJ 2.0 – The Metallica Edition

 

 

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Armada JJ 2.0

 

 

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Armada JJ 2.0 – Tip Profile

 

 

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Armada JJ 2.0 – Tail Profile

 

 

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Armada JJ 2.0 – Bases

 

10 Comments

  1. Blister Member
    andrew February 16, 2015 Reply

    \m/

  2. Vlad February 17, 2015 Reply

    Armada + Metallica >>>>> Head Skis + Motorhead

  3. John B May 15, 2015 Reply

    Uggh. I gues Armada doesnt value the over 40 year old skiers at all.
    How about some tasteful graphics?

  4. Barbara Bond November 21, 2015 Reply

    Im over 40 and I find them very tasteful and exquisite actually. I want the Metallica ones……….

  5. Tobias September 29, 2016 Reply

    Master of puppets is 30 years old this year…

  6. Julius Jakob November 16, 2016 Reply

    Is there still a full review coming?
    I just bought an armada jj 2.0 185 and i am interested in some experiences/recommendations about the binding position? Should i go as recommended on the ski? I’m skiing forward most of the time, dropping some cliffs but no switch landings so far. I tried to butter a few times on my line sfb, which is going to be replaced now by the jj. On the sfb i went 2cm behind erik’s choice which i liked more than erik’s choice. So should I also go 2cm behind the recommended line on the JJ as well, or is there less nose diving potential on the armada than i have found on the line, since the ski is wider and a bit longer. I want to avoid to drill twice, like I did with my line sfb.
    I hope to get some answers to my question here!
    Cheers, Julius

  7. Justin January 14, 2017 Reply

    Any thoughts on how these would perform on your classic east coast conditions? I have been really interested in the JJ’s, and i have heard (via various reviews) about their solid performance on hardpack. I was hoping to grab these as my main driver, and obviously for any trips out west. Any insight would be appreciated!

    • John J January 18, 2017 Reply

      I don’t ski on the East Coast, but I have skied the 14-15 JJs in a variety of conditions over the last three years. Obviously, they ski very well in powder. In my experience, they are very quick in moguls, and excellent in tight trees. They are also amazingly good on groomers. People often complain about wide, relatively soft, rockered skis chattering on hardpack, but I have not found this to be a problem with the JJs. I Commonly ski them at speeds exceeding 40 mph without feeling unstable. They rail amazingly well on everything except very icy hardpack. I can still comfortably ski them on boiler plate, they just don’t grip quite like a full camber, dedicated groomer ski. This might be partially because mine are detuned all the way back to behind the contact points. Overall, I haven’t seen any other ski that can match the JJs versatility.

      • Justin January 19, 2017 Reply

        John J, thanks so much for your reply. Its good to hear that the JJ’s perform as well (if not better than) advertised. I have heard that the 2.0’s offer an even more stable platform in variable snow than the originals, so i’m feeling confident in making the move on grab a set.

        • John J January 19, 2017 Reply

          Good luck! I forgot to mention that they ski really short. I am about 5’11” and have the 185s. I definitely would not want them any shorter.

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