ARMADA Trace 98
AVG. 3.88 $775 SCORE
D: 127-98-119 R: 17M (164) L: 156, 164, 172 STRENGTH: Quickness WEAKNESS: Stability at Speed So. Much. Fun. The 98 was designed for tourability with downhill power: a lightweight wood core has Titanal reinforcements underfoot and damping Xrystal Mesh fabric throughout. A rockered nose hunts for fresh, but when things get spicy the cambered midsection and flat tail holds cleanly and securely, urging you to mash the gas. It feels more directional than surfy, more lively than damp, and far more sophisticated than the jibbers of Armada’s past. “A great blend of liveliness and stability,” said Gibbons.