2022 Armada Reliance 92 Ti

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lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180 cm
radius: 17 m at 172 cm
sidecut: 131/92/117 mm at 172 cm
price: $ 649.95

New Armada skis for the ladies! The 2022 Armada Reliance 92 Ti borrows build and shape from the men’s Declivity series, and does so in proper fashion. Available in shorter lengths and a different graphic, this ski shares all other construction and technology with the men’s version. As a result, ladies looking for a high-end, high-performance all-mountain ski will feel right at home on the Armada Reliance 92 Ti. Built with a light weight caruba wood core, the skis also feature Armada’s triaxial fiberglass laminate as well as their Articulated Titanal banding. This upper layer of metal has some cutouts milled out, and those areas are bolstered by an elastic polymer that allows for proper flex in the shovel and forebody of the ski. This all adds up, when combined with the shape, to a ripping good time on the groomers and beyond. The Reliance series of skis has a good span of widths, creating a brand within a brand, much like the Santa Ana series from Nordica. In the 172, these skis generate a 17-meter turn radius, so they are right in that mid-range of turn shape that not only allows for a pure carve on the corduroy, but also a straighter cut in the fresh snow or off-piste situations. As a result, the Reliance 92 Ti checks a lot of boxes for a large number of skiers. Even though it falls on the stiffer and burlier side, it does have a lower gear that can be accessed by even intermediate skiers. Great range, appropriate flex, and a versatile shape make the 2022 Armada Reliance 92 Ti a wonderful all-mountain ski with a ton of upside.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Caruba, Poplar
Articulated Titanal Banding
AR100 Sidewall, Triaxial Glass
All Mountain, Groomers, Powder

Louise Lintilhac skied the 172 and did note that it felt on the long side. As a result, stability, edge grip, and torsional stiffness all earned scores of 5 out of 5. Sure, a bit long, but also a lot of fun, right? “This ski wants to finish a turn and would suit someone looking to rail big groomer laps in the am. It has a bit of tip rise that seemed to be intended to create playfulness, but that’s not really what I experienced. It felt dead and lifeless in the chop. The shovel hooked up as well. I’d say that was partially a function of geometry and partially that it needed a de-tune. Good for advanced skiers who want to go fast and complete the entire radius of their turn.” Other than the “dead and lifeless” part, it certainly sounds like these skis were built and shaped to handle high speeds and with a good edge grip. Perhaps the shorter length would change a mind, as it did with our next two testers.

Alli Ruschp and Danielle Nichols were both on the 164 and had quite different experiences than Louise with these skis, especially in the liveliness department. Alli scored 5’s out of 5 for stability, torsional stiffness, edge grip, and overall impression. Forgiveness and flotation dipped to the 3-level, but overall, pretty much all 4’s and 5’s for Alli. She notes about the 92 Ti: “Really impressed by the Reliance lineup. My legs were a little tired for the Ti version but I think on a normal day I would love it. Smooth and stable at speeds, powers through crud without a problem. Excellent edge grip and edge to edge control. Enough play to handle tree and bumps.” I think it’s this type of versatility that Armada was really after with this ski, and Alli picks up on that nicely. Danielle Nichols also scored the ski highly, both on her card and in her comments: “I f-ing loved that ski. Super solid. So easy to maneuver and extremely responsive. Was definitely top ski of that day. Totally my style. Good rebound. Rubber-bandy in the best way.” On the NSFW side of the spectrum, but effective nonetheless. We love hearing about skis being “best of the day” and stuff like that—it reiterates the fact that there’s a top ski for every skier, and for the most part, you never really know when it’s going to show up.

With the popularity of the men’s Declivity 92 Ti, it’s not a huge surprise that the new women’s Reliance version jumps to the top of a lot of skier’s lists. For high performance skiing, both on and off the trail, these skis have a ton of power and versatility built in, and for advanced and expert skiers looking for that top-gear and wonderful well-roundedness, the Armada Reliance 92 Ti is a fantastic ski.