JP Auclair is one of the best freeskiers in the world and he just spent three weeks in Niseko throwing everything he could at his Armada quiver. Together with Julien Regnier they created this superb all-rounder. “Super light, wide, low side cut, twin tipped… it’s the ski that suits best my style of riding backcountry – my favourite,” says JP. I’m not so aggressive on my edges. I just love to get going fast and throw them sideways.” The ‘JJ’ is the ultimate backcountry freestyle tool, designed from the ground up to perform when the only grooming for miles is provided by the shovel in your hands. JP and Julien insisted that the 188cm ski possess a fat 103mm waist and minimal side-cut to create a super stable landing platform. This shape, along with a tail that sits 10mm higher than the tip, provides better control when you’re rolling switch. Lightweight construction ensures you’ll be able to float in the air and through the pow facing any direction you choose. 188 & 178cm. Available for hire, demo and purchase at Rhythm and Beats in J Sekka. ¥90,000.