Rating: 2.97 / 5
Waist Width: 88
Stability at speed: 2.70 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.46 / 5
Crud performance: 2.52 / 5
Flotation: 2.82 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.80 / 5
Overall: 2.97 / 5
No. 11-ranked, but No. 4 in Overall Impression-and the buzz of the daily debrief. Testers use the Overall to reward (or punish) skis that are more (or less) than the sum of their parts. The new Invictus got their attention-a fresh flavor on the palate. Arc it, bump it, smear it; it's right where you want it to be. Armada always had the image thing down, but suddenly it shows the design discipline to compete with the big boys. Rogan: "Just go fast. Let the ski do the driving."
NOTES: The skinniest ski in the Invictus Series, the all-new 89 mm waisted 89Ti is designed for those who dig the groomers but don't mind a little rugged terrain every once in a while. Despite many skis these days getting wider and more rockered, this is a relatively old-fashioned shaped ski, but with modern technology. For something similar but wider, check out the Invictus 95, Invictus 95Ti, and Invictus 108Ti.
The Invictus series includes a plethora of skis designed for big turns and high speeds all over the mountain. AR50 sidewalls are intended to decrease swing weight, Hybrid Double Zone Cores full of extra hard-wood laminates are designed for stabilization, AR Nose Rocker technology is designed to let the tips float over anything outside of the groomers, Comp Bases are made of Armada's fastest base material for top speeds, CK Stringers (strips of Carbon and Kevlar) are designed to give the ski pop, Laminate Matrix integrates fiberglass layered for an optimal flex pattern, and 2.2 edges (one of Armada's thickest) are intended to handle beat downs all season. Invictus is also Latin for unconquered, which is pretty darn badass. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.