The Armada Victa 87 Ti isn’t what most people think of when they think of Armada’s skis. Traditionally a twin-tip, freeski-inspired brand, Armada’s Victa 87 Ti sets itself apart as a directional ski that’s designed more for hardpack performance than most of the company’s offerings. It uses smooth tip rocker, but no early taper. The tail is turned up very slightly, but it’s far from a twin tip and really doesn’t use any tail rocker. The construction relies on a poplar core that’s supported by carbon-kevlar struts for energy and responsiveness and titanal for vibration damping and stability. We were excited to put this ski to the test in our 2020 test to see how it holds up against other skis in this category from brands that are traditionally more focused on firm snow performance than Armada.
We paid extra close attention to the feedback from our aggressive, expert-level female testers for this one. Danielle Nichols started her feedback with a resounding “wow!” She gave the Victa 87 Ti a 5 out of 5 for stability after testing the 171 cm length, and a 4 out of 5 for every other category. Those are some very high scores, especially from a powerful skier like Danielle. “I can’t even believe how responsive this ski was. Felt very short for being a 171, but actually skied longer (than my initial impression). Super solid underfoot, very maneuverable, fun and playful.” Danielle is painting the picture of a ski that’s powerful, stable, playful, and fun all at the same time, and we like that description of the Victa 87 Ti.
Annie MacDonald was another tester who was “surprised by this ski!” She also skied the 171 cm length and described it as having “great edge hold” and “a playful feel,” which corresponds nicely to Danielle’s feedback. She thought she felt the influence from a “twin tip/park ski,” which is a nod to Armada’s history, but like Danielle, was impressed by its edge grip and stability. Her scores were similar to Danielle’s, with a lot of 4’s out of 5 and playfulness receiving 5 out of 5. A “chick ski with some zip,” Annie thought it was “overall really fun,” and that it would be a “great girl ski for all around: woods, bumps, and play.”
Lauren Lepage described the Victa 87 Ti as “a groomer ski that has a lot of stability.” Her scores mirrored those from Danielle and Annie, with lots of 4’s out of 5. Lauren, being a little bit less aggressive than Danielle and Annie, tested the 163 cm length, which she thought felt good for her size and ability level. She noted it “can lay into a good turn. The ski definitely has some power behind it.”
Kristi Brown’s feedback on the Victa 87 Ti was relatively similar to our other testers, but she did find she was capable of overpowering it. Now, not many of us can ski like Kristi, so most skiers likely won’t find the same thing. She skied the 171 cm length and still gave it high scores, basically drawing a line down the 4 out of 5 column, it’s not like she found it to be super-unstable or squirrely. Rather, she thought it would be a good choice for a skier that’s looking for that high performance, but in an easier ski than some competitors’ options. “Good ski for a teen or young woman looking for a lightweight, nice, easy ski!”
For skiers that want a performance-oriented all-mountain ski that can lay down powerful turns on groomers, but also has a little more of a playful, fun side than some of the other high-end, advanced/expert-level skis out there, the Victa 87 Ti is a fantastic choice. It might not have the raw power of pure-frontside carvers and stiffer, heavier all mountain skis, but what it might lack in power, it more than makes up for in fun-factor.