2020 Armada Invictus 99 Ti

The Armada Invictus 99 Ti is a directional all-mountain ski that’s designed for speed, stability, and overall performance. It sets itself apart from a bulk of Armada’s skis with its flat tail and metal laminates. Along with the titanal metal, Armada also uses their Intelligrid construction technique, a combination of Innegra mesh and carbon fiber that increases vibration damping as well as overall responsiveness. Armada boasts of its versatility and lack of speed limit. Among Armada’s skis, if you’re looking for power and stability, this is the ticket. So, what did our testers think?

Brooks Curran skied the 187 cm length and found it achieved “the elusive balance between lightweight and dampness,” and added that it “holds up through less than ideal snow.” A ski that’s too heavy is overly fatiguing, but a ski that’s too light lacks stability, especially on the feet of aggressive skiers. Brooks found that the Invictus 99 Ti hit a nice sweet spot with a great combination of performance characteristics. Armada’s description of the ski lists all sorts of different snow types as appropriate conditions for the Invictus (hardpack, powder, chunder, etc.), and Brooks’ note that it stays composed through less than ideal snow definitely supports that claim. He also added that it has a relatively “friendly personality.” Among skis in this width range with metal, the Invictus 99 Ti seems to be one of the most user-friendly.

Brad Schauerman skied the 179 cm Invictus 99 Ti and his thoughts corresponded nicely with Brooks’. Brad found it had the necessarily stability for skiing fast and aggressively, but also added that it “felt on the softer side for its class.” That’s definitely not a bad thing, as the Invictus 99 Ti is going up against skis like the Blizzard Bonafide, which are known for being very stiff. He also found it was “very easy to get from edge to edge,” and that it felt “quick and nimble,” which is a pleasant response to a ski with this much metal.

James Stewart, who tested the 187 cm length, definitely didn’t think it was lacking any damping properties or stability. He described it as having a “super smooth on-snow feel” and “Cadillac dampness.” He did mention that he found it had a preference for longer radius turns, but that’s certainly not a downside, and not surprising either considering the length he tested has a 21.5-meter turn radius. James had a blast making high speed, long radius, somewhat-slarvy turns on the Invictus 99 Ti.

Annie MacDonald was on a lot of men’s skis throughout our test, and was thoroughly impressed by the 179 cm Invictus 99 Ti she skied. “Really enjoyed the ride on this ski! You can rail it right over and it performs. Super ski for a ripping all mountain skier who will put it through anything – really, really fun! Highly recommend!” That’s exactly what Armada intended for this ski, and we’re psyched that a skier like Annie felt it lived up to the claims.

David Wolfgang spends a lot of time on skis in this category so his feedback was very valuable. He skied the 179 cm length, and he mentioned that he found it so easy to ski, he thought he could have skied the longer length. David described it as having “great stability,” but also that it was “easy to pivot,” which aligns nicely with the feedback from our other testers, especially Brooks and Brad.

Overall, the Invictus 99 Ti provides a nice option in this ~100 mm, stable, powerful ski category. It’s got the stability and vibration damping you need to feel comfortable skiing hard and fast, yet judging by our testers’ feedback, it’s a bit more user-friendly and easier to maneuver than some of the skis it’s competing against. Well done, Armada!

Testers

Brooks Curran

Age: 24Height: 6'2"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Ex-racer, now backcountry freerider

Brad Schauerman

Age: 28Height: 5'9"Weight: 160 lbs.

Ski Style: Trees, trees, and more trees just like a squirrel

Annie MacDonald

Age: 56Height: 5'7"Weight: 118 lbs.

Ski Style: Lots of style, grace, and power

David Wolfgang

Age: 67Height: 6'3"Weight: 230 lbs.

Ski Style: Strong, deliberate, and smooth

James Stewart

Age: 30Height: 6'2"Weight: 170 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, playful, and fun to follow

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