The 2022 Armada Reliance 88 C ski enhances an airy Caruba Woodcore with woven carbon stringers to create a lightning quick ski that strikes down the competition.
An 88mm waist width provides the perfect balance for skiers who prefer an intuitive feel for higher edge angles but still want a ski that can handle varying conditions and the occasional detour into deep snow without getting you bogged down. The ski has excellent versatility and is enhanced by pairing it with the EST Freeride Rocker's early rise tip, alongside a traditional cambered tail, to help you power your way though each turn and down the fall line with ease.
ARMADA RELIANCE 88 C FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS
Construction: AR100 Sidewall Construction Base: Comp Series Base Core: Caruba Poplar Woodcore
2.1 All Mountain Edge Heat treated and built to avoid excess weight while maintaining durability, the edges give the best balance of durability and feel of the whole Armada collection.
In the early 2000’s how people skied was changing, but legacy ski companies continued to anchor their identities in alpine racing. What came to be known as freeskiing was a departure from anything that had come before – it shared more in common with the freedom of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing than it did with anything seen in skiing at the time. This new movement left more to the imagination, and there was a shared sentiment among a new generation of skiers that the style and progression they were pursuing should be celebrated. The time had come for a company that did exactly that.
The handful of people at the epicenter of skiing’s evolution came together: five skiers and a photographer from across the US, Canada and Europe consisting of JP Auclair, Tanner Hall, JF Cusson, Julien Regnier and Boyd Easley, along with snow sports photographer Chris O’Connell, or “OC.” This crew was poised to adapt the team-based model of snowboarding and skateboarding to a ski brand.
OC’s business plan began simply:
“Armada. What skiing will become.”
In November 2002 the operation moved from a basement home office in Truckee, California to its own building in Costa Mesa, the beach city home to so many of the world’s biggest skate and surf brands. Athletes drove the company, with Eric Iberg on board as the first team manager. Co-founder Hans Smith joined to run the business and Tyson Hall, Tanner’s brother, jumped on as the company’s sales guy.
In June 2015 Armada moved the headquarters to Park City, Utah…