Rating: 3.07 / 5
Waist Width: 93
Lengths: 151, 159, 167, 176
Stability at speed: 2.98 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.00 / 5
Crud performance: 2.80 / 5
Flotation: 2.66 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.09 / 5
Overall: 3.07 / 5
The Victa 93 is the widest ski in the new Victa series of women’s directional freeriders. With a waist ranging from 91 to 94 mm (depending on length), it’s well-equipped for everday duty on Western slopes, and its metal-free layup will feel lighter and livelier than the flagship 87 Ti. At this price (about $500 in many shops), Armada gives women a choice: the knifier, strong-finishing feel of the Victa 93, or the looser, surfier feel of the twin-tipped ARW 96, at a similar width.
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.