I think Brian described the Armada Invictus 99 Ti perfectly by saying this is a heavy (burly) ski that is easy enough to maneuver. We both found the ski to be smooth, powerful, and very stable. It’s a ski that will cater to hard chargers and those that like to go fast on groomers and shallow chop. It reminds us both a bit of the Rossignol Experience 100, which is one of our favorite skis for hard charging skiers that still like to carve. Although similar, we did find the Armada Invictus 99 Ti to be a bit more maneuverable and playful. It may be a better choice for hard charging carvers that still like to slash and skid a few turns as well.
Armada Invictus 99 Ti On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia Aaattack 13
Riders: Brian and Matt
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack, Bumps
Ski Personality: The Armada Invictus 99 Ti is a smooth, stable, and powerful all-mountain carver that also has a bit of a soft side. It’s not necessarily forgiving, but does have a semi-playful side, that makes it seem a bit more easy-going that you might expect.
On the Snow Feel: I would call the Armada Invictus 99 Ti semi-playful. For the most part this ski is stable, smooth, and powerful, but there’s also that semi-playful side that allows the skier to do more than just carve high speed turns.
Powder: The Armada Invictus 99 Ti is a stiff and powerful all-mountain charger with a 99mm waist. WE found it really fun in soft snow, but I definitely wouldn’t call this a powder ski. Even the Invictus 108 leaves us longing for more float. Still, this ski has enough maneuverability and playfulness to be fun in soft snow. The tip is wide, and has a nice rocker profile. It does a nice job pushing snow out of the way, but it’s not going to plane quite like a ski with a softer tip and tail. This ski could be good for those who are going to see lots of hard snow days, and some shallow powder days. However, once you start getting above 6” or so, this ski will feel less at home.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The only complaint I’ve had with any of the Invictus series is that initiation can be a bit of a challenge. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and good skiers shouldn’t have any problem with getting the ski to respond. But this ski is definitely for hard charging advanced skiers. Initiation takes work, but those willing to drive the ski will find it so smooth and stable. The ski is so solid on edge, and really does a nice job of finishing the entire turn. It’s not quite as lively as I had hoped, but it is powerful and energetic. It does have two sheets of metal, but it also has carbon and Kevlar stringers for added life. It takes work to get it to bend, but the rebound energy is good. I think bigger guys, or those who are up to working hard will appreciate the response they get from the ski. Lazy skier on the other hand mat find that the reward doesn’t match the effort. That being said, this ski is awesome. There is a lot of power and energy, you just have to work hard to access it. At the same time, the ski is maneuverable enough at slower speeds and lower edge angles. Again, it takes work, but it’s still pretty easy to slash and slide turns when you want. Breaking out of a turn isn’t difficult, and although this ski prefers long radius turns when on edge, we found it easy to vary turn shape.
Speed: The Armada Invictus 99 Ti can feel like a lot of ski, but that’s not a bad thing when it comes to stability at speed. This ski wants to go fast. Two sheets of metal keep the ski damp and stable, while the stiff construction (both longitudinally and torsionally) helps to add power and edge hold. We had no trouble pushing this ski fast on smooth snow, and even when things got bumped up we didn’t find the need to slow down a ton. If I skied in an area that sees a lot of deep tracked out snow I may opt for the wider platform of the 108, but it doesn’t have the same tenacity on groomed terrain. So, those who might spend more time on groomed or shallow chop, the 99 Ti could be a good option.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Again, I’d opt for the Invictus 108 if I planned on skiing a lot of deep tracked out snow, but those areas that see less snow the 99 ti could be a great option. This ski is damp and stable. The ski has the construction to cut through rough terrain and the stiffness underfoot to smooth things out. It’s definitely work trying to maneuver in deeper chop, but the ski is very capable. In shallow chop the ski is less work, and even has a semi-playful side. This ski is definitely not a jib ski like the ARV 96, but for hard charging skiers that like to slash or slide a few turns here and there, the ski is playful enough. If you find most “playful” skis to be too soft, then the 99 Ti may be a good option.
Edge Hold: I wouldn’t say that the Invictus line feels precise and knifelike, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have great edge hold. The feel really reminds me a lot of Head’s Monster line. The skis on the narrow end of the line do a really good job with stability, power, and dampness, but also have a lot of edge hold. The Invictus 99 Ti won’t be my go-to for ice, and probably won’t feel totally at home on really firm snow. Still, the edge hold is good, and if you do encounter hard snow, the Invictus 99 Ti is capable.
Bottom Line: The Armada Invictus 99 Ti is a really fun ski, but it is definitely going to cater to hard charging all-mountain skiers that like to carve powerful long radius turns at speed. This is not a ski for the timid, and if you’re not willing to work for turns it may not be the best option. However, those skiers that appreciate power, stability, and dampness in a versatile 99mm waist, this ski could be money. I’d say that’s even more true for those who also appreciate a powerful ski with a playful side. If you’re willing to work, this ski can be maneuverable and easy to pivot. It’s capable of slashing turns and varying turn shape as well. If you like the Rossignol Experience 100 but find it too locked in, the Armada Invictus 99 Ti could be your ski.
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