It’s no surprise to JJ enthusiasts that our testers gave the versatile powder ski its highest scores for playfulness and flotation. They felt it was more playful than the Norwalk, a more directional ski than the JJ, and scored the JJ fairly low for carving ability. “It handled crud just fine, blasted pow and was good in the air,” O’Neill said. The playful personality is thanks in part to Armada’s EST Freeride Rocker—tip and tail rocker with traditional camber underfoot—plus a five-dimensional sidecut and a backcountry-friendly ultra-light core. “It has good float in the front of the ski and the tail is forgiving in powder and crud,” Witman said. The AK JJ, available only in one size (195 centimeter), shares a similar footprint, though it’s designed for AK-style skiing.