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Armada Victa 87 Ti (2017)

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Armada Victa 87 Ti

Rating: 3.14 / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2017
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 87
Tip/Tail/Waist: 129-87-119.5
Lengths: 155, 163, 171

Stability at speed: 2.65 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.55 / 5
Crud performance: 3.41 / 5
Flotation: 2.91 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.45 / 5
Overall: 3.14 / 5

Like their male counterparts, the Invictuses, the Victas have changed the way testers think of Armada. There’s still the lively freestyle flavor they expect, but with a new directional stability they love. If you value fun and creativity over precision and accuracy, here’s your ride. Cunningham: “Excels in bumps, crud, and powder and still holds an edge on hardpack. For young-at-heart skiers who prefer adventure over groomers.”

It's not the widest, but the 2017 Armada Victa 87 Ti is the highest-performing model in the Victa line of mid-fat freeriders, thanks to the edginess and high-speed calm its metal reinforcement gives it. (That also makes it the most expensive model, selling for about $600 in many shops.) Women who enjoy locked-in carving at speed will prefer it to the similarly-wide ARW 86, which offers the smearier ride of a twin-tip. 

It's part of Armada's new Victa series, women's versions of the men's Invictus series of directional all-mountain freeriders. There are three models, with widths of 87, 93, and 83 mm. All are designed for everyday directional freeriding, with slight-twin tails and plenty of edgy traditional camber underfoot. The top model is the middle width, the 87 Ti. It's the only Victa that's metal-reinforced. Two full sheets of Titanal (aluminum alloy) give it optimal torsional rigidity (or twist-resistance, for tip-to-tail edge power), dampness (for high-speed calm), and durability. The two low-end models (Victa 93, Victa 83) are metal-free, for a lighter, livelier, more-forgiving performance. Otherwise, they're similar to the men's models, with thinner profiles and softer flexes. All are moderately rockered in the tip for shock absorption and powder flotation. All have GS-style sidecuts in the 16- to 19-meter range. All are 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 Victa 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: It's not the widest, but the 2017 Armada Victa 87 Ti is the highest-performing model in the Victa line of mid-fat freeriders, thanks to the edginess and high-speed calm its metal reinforcement gives it. (That also makes it the most expensive model, selling for about $600 in many shops.) Women who enjoy locked-in carving at speed will prefer it to the similarly-wide ARW 86, which offers the smearier ride of a twin-tip. 

It's part of Armada's new Victa series, women's versions of the men's Invictus series of directional all-mountain freeriders. There are three models, with widths of 87, 93, and 83 mm. All are designed for everyday directional freeriding, with slight-twin tails and plenty of edgy traditional camber underfoot. The top model is the middle width, the 87 Ti. It's the only Victa that's metal-reinforced. Two full sheets of Titanal (aluminum alloy) give it optimal torsional rigidity (or twist-resistance, for tip-to-tail edge power), dampness (for high-speed calm), and durability. The two low-end models (Victa 93, Victa 83) are metal-free, for a lighter, livelier, more-forgiving performance. Otherwise, they're similar to the men's models, with thinner profiles and softer flexes. All are moderately rockered in the tip for shock absorption and powder flotation. All have GS-style sidecuts in the 16- to 19-meter range. All are 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 Victa 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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