Armada (company)

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Armada Skis
Industry freestyle skis, clothing
Founded 2002
Headquarters Costa Mesa, California
Website www.armadaskis.com

Armada is a manufacturer of skis, poles, technical outerwear and skiing-related softgoods, based in Park City, Utah with a European office in Innsbruck, Austria. The company's products are sold in over forty countries worldwide through wholly owned subsidiaries and distributors.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Armada was founded in 2002 by a group of professional skiers and the ski and snowboard photographer Chris O'Connell, with backing from British venture capitalists. Its founding team of owner-riders consisted of Tanner Hall, the late JP Auclair, JF Cusson, Julien Regnier, and Boyd Easley.[1][2][3] They launched with 2 freestyle skis, the AR5 and ARV.[4]

Armada moved in 2014 from the founding home base of Costa Mesa to Park City, Utah. Erik Snyder, CEO of Armada was quoted saying "The combination of Utah's business environment and abundance of world-class skiing make Summit County the ideal home for Armada's future."

On March 29th, 2017, Armada was acquired by Finnish winter sports conglomerate Amer Sports for $4.1 million. [5]

Company[edit]

Armada bills itself as skiing's first rider-owned, rider-operated manufacturer.[citation needed] It works closely with ski professionals, who design their own products and are rewarded with equity in the company.[2] Armada is known to the general public largely due to its association with multiple-time Winter X Games champion Tanner Hall, who is a founding team rider.[6] In addition, Armada is credited with helping to shift mainstream perception of skiing in a younger, more dynamic direction through its unusual graphics and savvy marketing.[7] It operates online stores in the US, Canada, France, and Germany.[8] In 2011 it announced a partnership with fabric makers Gore.[9]

Team[edit]

Armada's current pro team consists of Tanner Hall, Jacob Wester, Phil Casabon, Mike Hornbeck, Riley Leboe, Torin Yater-Wallace, and Henrik Harlaut Sammy Carlson[10]

Products[edit]

Products for the 2014/2015 season include skis, poles, ski wear and accessories. The ski includes lineup includes for men the Halo2, THall, AR7, AlphaX, PC, Al Dente, El Rey, Triumph, ARVTi, TST, JJ, Norwalk, AK JJ, Magic J, and Bubba.[11] Women's skis include the ARW, Cantika, Tryst, ARVw, TSTw and VJJ.[11] Children's skis include the Bantam, Kirti, Coda, Makai, Tantrum and Triple J.[11] The JJ is claimed as being "the first all-mountain powder ski with rocker".[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company", Armada Skis website
  2. ^ a b "Business Is Taking Off", Sports Illustrated, December 6, 2004
  3. ^ "Armada Skis: The Pipe Cleaner brings pro level performance to the masses". Ski Channel website. August 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Nouveautés Skis ARMADA 2013". Skieur.com. Feb 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Indie Brand Armada Acquired by Huge Winter Sports Conglomerate". POWDER Magazine. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  6. ^ "School of hard knocks, Skier Tanner Hall has taken a unique path to success". Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO). January 25, 2007. 
  7. ^ Higgs, Philip, "The Jolt of Spray Paint on Snow", New York Times, November 10th 2005].
  8. ^ Knowles, Lori (December 8, 2008). "Armada Skis Opens Online Store for Canada". Ski Press World. Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. 
  9. ^ Lampert, Henrik (November 17, 2011). "Armada teams up with Gore for 2012". Free Skier. 
  10. ^ http://armadaskis.com/team/
  11. ^ a b c "Armada Skis". Armada Skis. Jan 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Armada JJ: Two Skis in One Quiver". The Ski Channel website. June 1, 2009. 

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