Testers’ Choice: Armada Kufo 103

ARMADA KUFO 103

$775 armadaskis.com
SIZES: 168, 177, 186
DIMENSIONS: 120/103/124
WEIGHT: 7 lbs. (177)

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Jamie Krakowiak | 5 ft. 2 in. | 105 lbs. | Breckenridge, Colo.

Jamie Krakowiak | 5 ft. 2 in. | 105 lbs. | Breckenridge, Colo.

Tested and Reviewed

“The less weight on my feet going uphill means I can carry more Grey Goose for my Black Russians,” says tester Jamie Krakowiak. She wants a skis that is “efficient and trustworthy at a reasonable price point,” and looks for deep snow in open bowls, but is willing to hunt a little for fresh in the trees if she has to.

Here is her review of the Armada Kufo 103:

OVERALL SCORE: 10/10
RESPONSIVENESS: 9/10
PLAYFULNESS: 10/10
DAMPNESS: 9/10
SHORT TURNS: 8/10
MEDIUM TURNS: 10/10
TURN INITIATION: 10/10
CRUD PERFORMANCE: 9/10
POW PERFORMANCE: 10/10

 

Comments: “I love this ski—my favorite of the 2016 test for sure. It mimics qualities of a human I strive to be—strong, wise, spontaneous, uninhibited. The hybrid touring light core lends to an almost nonexistent swing weight. The early-rise tip floats through fresh and defends against mank, while the traditional tail finished turns like a champ. This ski made me fell like Wonder Woman screaming down the hill.”

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Comments

  1. Afternoon Foks,

    I always enjoy reading what the experts’ opinions are after having put a particular brand of ski through its paces, in this case however my comment is about the tester, not the skis. Jamie. says she strives to be “strong, wise, spontaneous, inhabited.” Hmmm…scratch wise.” She prefers light skis so she can carry more vodka? More vodka? Good grief.
    Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want anything to blunt the edge of my awareness while skiing, and I’m not talking just about safety. Terry

  2. Ah…spell check altered. “uninhibited. “Folks” is on me. Terry

  3. Terry,

    Lighten up dude. I read her comment as referring to a multi day tour with a couple Black Russians in the evening. I don’t drink while skiing either, but I enjoy a few drinks after.

  4. Looking at this ski as a quiver of one for touring in the Cascades – heavy snow with a bit of everything thrown in. Any thoughts on this ski for handling unconsolidated mank or hardpack? My style tends toward more turns and moderate speeds , especially in steeper terrain, not high-speed charging. Is this ski nimble?

  5. Andrew Forbes says:

    I bought a pair of Kufos based on Jamies comments and they are great skis.
    As for Terrys comments Dont you enjoy a drink after a hard day on the slopes? Must be a tea totaller!

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