The Armada Al Dente is Henrik Harlaut’s signature model ski that has helped him onto many a podium. Henrik was already a freeski superstar long before 2014, but it was at the Sochi Winter Olympics that he became a household name thanks to the ‘wardrobe malfunction’ on landing the last kicker in the slopstyle contest, and the subsequent ‘Wu Tang is for the children’ hollering in the holding pen. Henrik consistently appears to be the happiest guy in skiing, never seen without a grin – but make no mistake, his ability is fiercesome!
His unique style which includes signature nose butter double (and triple) corks, a phenomenal trick bag on rails, not to mention complete mountain shredding all demand the right equipment – and Armada were able to build the perfect ski to complement his style in the form of the Al Dente. The Al Dente is wide and stable underfoot for rock solid landings and balance on rail features, but has smooth and soft noses and tails to make butters and presses extra easy. The rockered profile helps out on the butter front as well as giving you a ski that floats nicely in the powder. This really is a true freestyler’s one ski quiver, and in Henrik’s words “the greatest ski I have ever skied in my life, it’s awesome!”
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Camber: 85% positive with rockered nose. This shortens the contact length making teh ski out perform many others in its category, but also provides essential float in powder or variable snow conditions.
Dimensions: 133-98-123 (at 178cm)
Radius: 158cm – 16.5m, 188cm – 22.5m
Construction: AR50 sidewall – part sandwich, part sidewall. This makes for a solid ski, stiff underfoot for charging, but forgiving in the tip and tail.
Base: Armada’s S7 Base – fast but durable.