|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Ski Style||Big Mountain (Freeride)|
|On Snow Feel|
Armada Invictus 108 Ti 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski
The Invictus series has definitely intrigued me since it’s release a couple years ago. These skis are just so different than what I normally associate with Armada, but definitely cater a bit more to my style of skiing. The Armada Invictus 108 Ti is a directional big-mountain charger that has enough versatility for all over the mountain. It does take a strong skier, and those who don’t want to work very hard will probably want to look elsewhere. Still, it’s a very capable ski for aggressive skiers that want a stable and damp ski for high speeds and variable terrain.
Armada Invictus 108 Ti On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Trees, Variable
Ski Personality: The Armada Invictus 108 Ti is a directional big-mountain charger with a decent amount of versatility. It didn’t feel nearly as one-dimensional as I expected. Still, it does take a strong skier to open it up and access all this ski has to offer.
On the Snow Feel: The Armada Invictus 108 Ti is a stable and damp ski that feels smooth and predictable.
Powder: I haven’t gotten the Armada Invictus 108 Ti in anything really deep (5″ of fresh on the sides of trails), but it seemed perfectly capable in those conditions. The ski is a bit on the stiff side, but has a surprising amount of “playfulness” in deeper snow. I really didn’t expect the ski the be as maneuverable as it is. The tail is upturned, but not significantly. Still it never seemed to catch and when I wanted to skid or slide a turn or two I could do that with ease. The ski still feels big and burly, it’s just more maneuverable than expected in soft snow. I still wouldn’t use this as my dedicated powder ski, but for those who want a mid-fat ski that can float, the Invictus 108 Ti isn’t a terrible option.
Turn Initiation and Carving: For me the Armada Invictus 108 Ti felt responsive, predictable, and smooth, but it wasn’t overly exciting. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how easy the ski was to pivot and initiate turns given its burly feel. Even at slower speeds I didn’t feel like i Had to work the ski super hard to get it to respond. I wouldn’t necessarily call the ski easy, nor is it forgiving, but it’s for more maneuverable than I expected. Transitioning into a turn felt smooth and predictable, and when on a high edge angle I could feel the power underfoot. The did a really nice job of holding throughout the turn, especially when extending the radius and straightening my turns. The only downside here was that the rebound energy wasn’t overly exciting, and the ski wasn’t quick from edge to edge. I’m not surprised given the long turn radius and straighter side-cut. I think the lack of energy was partly because of my weight and size. Although I found I could get the ski on edge relatively easily, it did take quite a bit of drive to really bend the ski into the turn. If I was too lazy, the ski wouldn’t respond with the same energy as when I really opened things up. So bigger and more aggressive skiers will got a lot more out of the ski, even with slightly less effort. Bottom line, the Invictus 108 Ti has a smooth, predictable, and powerful feel throughout the turn, it just didn’t get edge to edge with a lot of quickness or energy.
Speed: I really liked the Armada Invictus 108 Ti at speed. Although I found it relatively easy to maneuver at slower speeds considering its burly feel, the Invictus really wanted to be skied faster and more aggressively. The burly construction really allowed me to open things up and the ski felt really stable when making long radius turns. Going faster also allowed me to bend the ski into turns more aggressively and the rebound energy was more exciting at speed. Most importantly the ski still felt smooth and predictable, and with a slightly flatter (more directional) tail, the ski never felt loose or washy. Still, I was able to unlock the tails when I needed to to scrub speed. It was this that led to an almost playful feel of the Invictus.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I really expected the Armada Invictus 108 Ti to excel in variable terrain, and it certainly did well. However, for me, this ski was a touch on the too big and burly side, and although it was damp and stable, it did take a lot of effort to keep it pointing where I wanted it to in variable terrain. Again, I was surprised at how maneuverable this ski felt at lower edge angles and speed, but to truly carve through tracked out snow it took a bit more work. I found myself taking a bit more bases flat and soft knee approach when encountering variable terrain with any speed. The felt really smooth and stable, but it was definitely much harder to turn and maneuver through this terrain. I think big aggressive skiers that don’t mind working hard in variable terrain will have no problem attacking with speed, but smaller, less aggressive skiers will probably find the Invictus 108 Ti a bit too much ski.
Bottom Line: I think I most surprised by the versatility of the Armada Invictus 108 Ti. This ski is definitely a big burly directional charger, but I did find a softer side as well. I was very pleasantly surprised with it’s maneuverability at slower speeds and lower edge angles, almost to the point where the ski felt playful. But when I did just want to point it a go I could. It was relatively easy to initiate turns, and the ski would respond well to input. However, it did take a bit of work driving the ski, especially in variable terrain. Rebound energy was good, but did require inputting a decent amount of energy. Bottom line, this ski could be a versatile directional all-mountain charger for strong aggressive skiers, but will probably be a bit too much for most skiers.
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