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Armada Invictus 99 Ti (2017)

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Armada Invictus 99 Ti

Rating: 3.16 / 5
Price: $825.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width: 99
Tip/Tail/Waist: 134-99-124
Lengths: 171, 179, 187

Stability at speed: 2.73 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.59 / 5
Crud performance: 2.73 / 5
Flotation: 2.98 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.46 / 5
Overall: 3.16 / 5

Armada’s always had the brand image thing down, along with fearlessly un- conventional new-school designs. The Invictuses— plenty cool, but more conventional—are what finally broke through with testers. The Armada fla- vor and attitude are there, along with thoroughly polished performance. The 99 carves, smears, and floats with an energy and quickness testers loved. Rogan: “Awesome- ly light and quick. Dances through tight spots.” 

The new 99 Ti effectively replaces the 95 Ti; just a little wider, and similarly metal-reinforced. With its 99-mm waist, it's less surfy in powder than the 108 Ti, but also quicker and stronger to edge, with a slightly softer, more-forgiving flex and a deeper sidecut (19.5 to 21.5 meters, depending on length) that promotes deep carves on hardpack.

Armada's Invictus series of widebody all-mountain freeriders, which fared remarkably well in 2016 tests, includes five models for 2017, up from four models last year and including two new models, the Invictus 99 Ti and the Invictus 85. (The metal-reinforced version of the 95 was dropped.) All are designed for everyday directional freeriding, with slight-twin tails and plenty of edgy traditional camber underfoot. Waist widths range from 108 down to 85. The top three models (108 Ti, 99 Ti, and 89 Ti) are metal-reinforced for optimized high-speed calm and edge grip that aggressive experts will enjoy. The two low-end models are metal-free, for a lighter, livelier, more-forgiving performance. All are moderately rockered in the tip for shock absorption and powder flotation. Most have GS-style sidecuts in the 18- to 20-meter range, though the flagship 108 Ti has a long-arc 20- to 26-meter range (depending on length). All are now built on Armada's Power-Lite Core, which is a blend of mostly lighter wood with denser wood strategically placed for extra power and durability where needed most. Armada's Impact Edge is cushioned with a strip of rubber for a smoother, damper ride. And all Invictus models are reinforced with a Carbon Kevlar Strut, which blends the two fibers for a mix of energy and durability. 

Armada, founded in 2002 by a collective of big-name freestyle athletes, is based in Costa Mesa, Calif. -J.C.

Notes: The new 99 Ti effectively replaces the 95 Ti; just a little wider, and similarly metal-reinforced. With its 99-mm waist, it's less surfy in powder than the 108 Ti, but also quicker and stronger to edge, with a slightly softer, more-forgiving flex and a deeper sidecut (19.5 to 21.5 meters, depending on length) that promotes deep carves on hardpack.

Armada's Invictus series of widebody all-mountain freeriders, which fared remarkably well in 2016 tests, includes five models for 2017, up from four models last year and including two new models, the Invictus 99 Ti and the Invictus 85. (The metal-reinforced version of the 95 was dropped.) All are designed for everyday directional freeriding, with slight-twin tails and plenty of edgy traditional camber underfoot. Waist widths range from 108 down to 85. The top three models (108 Ti, 99 Ti, and 89 Ti) are metal-reinforced for optimized high-speed calm and edge grip that aggressive experts will enjoy. The two low-end models are metal-free, for a lighter, livelier, more-forgiving performance. All are moderately rockered in the tip for shock absorption and powder flotation. Most have GS-style sidecuts in the 18- to 20-meter range, though the flagship 108 Ti has a long-arc 20- to 26-meter range (depending on length). All are now built on Armada's Power-Lite Core, which is a blend of mostly lighter wood with denser wood strategically placed for extra power and durability where needed most. Armada's Impact Edge is cushioned with a strip of rubber for a smoother, damper ride. And all Invictus models are reinforced with a Carbon Kevlar Strut, which blends the two fibers for a mix of energy and durability. 

Armada, founded in 2002 by a collective of big-name freestyle athletes, is based in Costa Mesa, Calif. -J.C.

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