2019 Armada Victa 87 Ti Women's Ski Image 2019 Armada Victa 87 Ti Women's Ski Image

2019 Armada Victa 87 Ti Women’s Skis

The Armada Victa 87 Ti is a directional all-mountain ski that’s designed for high level women who want a versatile ski that doesn’t sacrifice performance on firm snow. The Victa 87 Ti uses a wood core with titanal laminates and carbon/Kevlar struts running through the ski to increase energy and pop out of a turn. It’s a great combination of materials for an all-mountain ski. The metal provides damping properties, the wood core is relatively lightweight, and the carbon and Kevlar takes it all to the next level. With tip rocker, but no tail rocker, the Victa 87 Ti is a blast on firm snow, while still being versatile enough to jump into some un-groomed terrain from time to time.

Kristi Brown thought the 163 cm length was a bit short and admitted that she probably should have skied it longer, but she still “really enjoyed the complexity and skill of the Victa 87.” Kristi essentially scored it 4 out of 5 for every single criteria, with flotation being the only exception. Those are always impressive scores and suggest a versatile ski that will satisfy a wide range of skiers. Kristi was impressed by its carving performance, commenting that “the Victa hugs the snow, tracking like the best of carving skis.” She found turn initiation to be nice and smooth, however, which is not always the case on high end carving skis. “The wide shovel rolls you into the turn with ease.”

Jenny Lawson also tested the 163 cm length and clearly enjoyed her time on the Victa 87 Ti. She gave it all 4s and 5s, with stability and torsional stiffness earning 5 out of 5. The metal, carbon, and Kevlar all wrapped around that wood core definitely delivers enough torsional stiffness to hold an edge and stay stable. Jenny thought it was a ski that “wanted to be skied! It kept me on my toes and held well, but was still fun.” She ended her feedback on the Victa 87 Ti with one word: “Solid.”

Caroline Kessler bumped up to the 171 cm length when she tested the Victa 87 Ti. Caroline actually found it to be a quick, relatively playful ski despite using metal in its construction. She thought it “likes to make short turns.” The 171 cm ski has a 17 m turn radius, so not exceptionally short, but the shape and flex of the Victa 87 Ti does allow you to manipulate the ski into shorter turns. Caroline also thought it performed well “through chundery, chunky snow because of the metal in the ski keeping it stiff and stable.”

Josi Kytle also tested the 171 cm length and “loved them.” She gave the highest scores for the Victa 87 Ti, 5 out of 5 for stability, playfulness, torsional stiffness, and overall impression. All other criteria received 4 out of 5. Josi found it to be “super fun,” and that it “holds a turn through crud and ice.” She described the overall performance of the ski as “fast, but flexible,” which aligns well with how our other testers described the ski. It’s fast, powerful, and stable, but also willing to make shorter turns, play around, and is always up for a good time.

The Victa 87 Ti will be a favorite all mountain ski for a lot of women. It has an awesome blend of performance characteristics for a ton of skiers out there. If you spend most of your time skiing lift-services, resort terrain and want a ski that can handle just about anything without giving up too much groomer and carving performance, you should be considering the Victa 87 Ti.

Testers

Caroline Kessler SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Caroline Kessler

Age: 23Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and aggressive, yet playful

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Michael Rooney Ski Tester Headshot

Susan Dorn

Age: 60Height: 5'1"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Deliberate, smooth, Masters ski racer

Josi Kytle SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Josi Kytle

Age: 42Height: 5'9"Weight: 165 lbs.

Ski Style: Super fun and smiley

Jenny Lawson SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Jenny Lawson

Age: 50Height: 5'2"Weight: 112 lbs.

Ski Style: Clean and smooth, like flowing water

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  1. Hi! Thanks for the review. This is a top contender for upgrading my gear. I am LONG overdue for new stuff. I am an intermediate skier (5’5″, 125 lbs) but I always felt really uncomfortable going faster on my old skis and I am slowly learning while my old skis might have been great beginner skis, they didn’t give me a lot of confidence at higher speeds. I ski mostly on the East Coast at resorts with some future trips planned for CO or CA where I’d like to get off-piste a little bit. From research I am looking for a 85-90 waist width for EC conditions. I would love a and smooth all-mountain ski, that could boost confidence at higher speeds. The four models I am considering are the Armada 87 Victa 2019 (155), Blizzard Black Pearl 88 2018 (157), Armada Trace 88 2018, Icelantic Oracle 88 2019 (155). Any advice or suggestions would be AMAZING. I have really appreciated your reviews during this process. I am pumped to get some new gear!

    1. Hi Ali!
      The Victa 87 is certainly an upgrade in terms of having a smooth and stable ski. The Black Pearl is going to be the most versatile (and safest choice) on your list. If you’re looking for a big bump in performance, go with the Victa, but if you’re looking for a great overall ski with amazing versatility, it’s hard to beat the Black Pearl 88. Hope that helps!
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