The Armada Invictus 108 Ti has been redesigned for the 2018 ski season and is now more lively and lighter than ever before. 2018 is also the first year you’ll find Armada skis on SkiEssentials.com, which we are very excited about. This is the widest ski in a line of skis that focuses on all mountain performance and leans towards use in off-piste terrain, although retains some solid ability on firm snow as well. A new material in the ski’s construction results in a much lighter ski compared to last season, while also offering more snap and pop out of turns. Rest assured the metal laminates still provide plenty of vibration dampening for high speed, aggressive skiing. This ski won some serious awards last season and Armada claims the new ski to be the best version of the ski to date.
The ski has a relatively big turn radius or 23 m at the 178 cm length and is built using carbon-kevlar reinforcements and titanal laminates surrounding Armada’s Power-Lite core. It has Armada’s Nose Rocker design allowing for easy turn initiation and better float in deep powder. It’s somewhat important to note that the dimensions of the Invictus 108 Ti change with length. The waist width starts at 104 mm in the 168 cm length and goes up to 108 mm in the longest 188 cm length. So, there’s going to be a little bit of variance in performance, especially if you’re planning on using these as your powder skis. That being said, let’s move on to performance.
Steve Sulin scored the Invictus 108 Ti 5 out of 5 for flotation, stability, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. Clearly he doesn’t think the ski lost any of its burly nature after Armada decreased the weight. Steve had a really nice comparison to make describing the ski as somewhat similar to the first generation Blizzard Cochise. Steve thought the tail was relatively stiff and felt like the ski “liked to charge hard.” He had a somewhat profound statement that they’re “not the Armadas of the past,” referring to Armada’s heritage as more of a freestyle/backcountry freeride brand. These directional skis are pretty stiff, pretty aggressive, and certainly don’t feel like a twin-tip noodle. Steve found that it wasn’t a “short turner,” which isn’t a surprise due to the turn radius above 20 m in every length. Steve ended his comments on the Armada Invictus 108 Ti by saying, “If you liked the old Cochise, this is your replacement. Stiff tail, long low rocker, medium to long turn machine. It loves smooth to broken up snow and does not get pushed around at all.”
If that sounds like your skiing style we think you’ll really enjoy this redesigned Invictus 108 Ti. It’s a great all mountain ski for those who are always looking for off-piste terrain to ski. If you spend more of your time on groomers there are narrower skis within the Invictus line that may be more appropriate, but we love the versatility and performance you get in the Invictus 108 Ti. Armada is growing up as a brand and this ski is a perfect example. Gone are the days of just soft flexing park skis; Armada is producing some impressively powerful skis.