Backcountry Safety

The backcountry can provide some of the most inspiring experiences you’ll ever have on snow. On the other hand it can pose a handful of risks, PLEASE read through our 'Backcountry Safety Guide.'


Trace Series. Built to take you anywhere.


Outerwear built for all conditions, mobility and style. Proud GORE-TEX® partner.


The SHIFT and Tracer Tour. Made for Touring.


Key items that keep you warm without the bulk

Skins & Poles

A necessity

Choosing the Right Backcountry Ski Gear

When choosing the right backcountry ski gear—skis, boots, bindings, poles, etc.—the type of backcountry skiing you’re planning to do helps dictate what’s best. If you are heading out for some quick sidecountry laps from the top of a chairlift, you may be able to get by with traditional skis and bindings if your uphill travel is a short bootpack. Longer ski tours require uphill capable bindings like the Shift or Tracer Tour as well as climbing skins. A lot goes into deciding what ski gear is right for you—such as prioritizing uphill efficiency or stability when charging downhill—so be honest about what type of skiing you do most and choose your gear accordingly.


Frizby Ridge

Trace 108

The Armada Trace 108 knows you have to get up to get down, featuring lightweight efficiency and the chatter dampening of Adaptive Mesh in one envy-inducing package.

Carved from backcountry pedigree with a nod to devout freeriders everywhere, the 108 weighs in light, but doesn’t leave performance to chance.

Nikki Blackall on the Trace 108

Trace 98

Cut from the same cloth as its big sister, the Trace 98 touts the same lightweight prowess with the increased maneuverability you need to slash every nook and cranny of your line. 

Built with the backcountry journey woman in mind, the 98 features metal-reinforced binding pads to absorb bumps and vibrations and provide a little extra security when looking for fresh snow beyond resort boundaries.

Trace 88

The narrowest ski in the series, the Trace 88 is our lightweight adventurer, designed to redefine skiability in this segment. For 20/21 the Trace 88 has gotten a full overhaul, pushing it's limits even further. We worked on the sidecut and slightly prolonged it's radius to further add stability, we also refined the core profile for a more balanced flex pattern. 

Combining a narrow waist width, long radius turn shape and EST All-Mountain Rocker with a 100% Caruba wood core, the Trace 88 separates itself from the pack by it’s remarkable downhill performance.


The VJJ comeback is real! Enter the no gravity zone with the new ARW 116 VJJ UL. Updated with an all-new, ultralight Caruba Core the new VJJ has shed some serious weight and continues it's legacy as the most well-rounded womens powderski out there. 

Featuring EST Freeride Rocker for increased response slashing pillows or ditching trees. It's Smear Tech, 3D beveling on the tips & tails of the base, allows for limitless directions of floating off through pow, no matter the terrain.

Shift Binding

The all new Armada Shift MNC 13 bridges the gap between low tech pin bindings and traditional alpine bindings. It offers skiers the efficient performance of a pin binding when touring uphill, and the safety of a traditional alpine binding when descending. Have your cake and eat it too! 

Tracer Tour

The Tracer Tour is our lightweight tech binding. A perfect match for the Tracer/Trace Series skis when saving weight is your ultimate priority. Combining durability with ease of use it features a patented step-in aid at the front, as well as two climbing aids in the back working separately from the heel tower and allowing for 0 ° , 7 ° and 13 ° positions. A broad 40mm mounting guarantees maximum power transmission and screw retention on wide skis.


For high-performance backcountry touring the collection has all comers covered for any pre-cut Armada ski+skin combo you’re looking for. We’re rocking a 65% Mohair 35% Nylon Mix, for the durability and performance we require. Additionally we offer a MULTIFIT SKIN to fit any Armada ski and tip shape. The MULTIFIT SKIN – MULTICLIP SYSTEM comes in 135mm constant width and is 190cm long. Maximum glide, superior durability, and water resistant. Made in Austria.

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