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Armada

Invictus 89 Ti

Armada

2016

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Gold Medal Gear

rating2.97

price$700

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.70 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.46 / 5
Crud Performance: 
2.52 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.80 / 5
Overall: 
2.97 / 5
Flotation: 
2.82 / 5

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH88mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST130-88-120

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS163,171,179,187

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No. 11-ranked, but No. 4 in Overall Impression-and the buzz of the daily debrief. Testers use the Overall to reward (or punish) skis that are more (or less) than the sum of their parts. The new Invictus got their attention-a fresh flavor on the palate. Arc it, bump it, smear it; it's right where you want it to be. Armada always had the image thing down, but suddenly it shows the design discipline to compete with the big boys. Rogan: "Just go fast. Let the ski do the driving."

KUFO 103

Armada

2016

price$775

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH102mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST132-102-123

LEVEL

LENGTHS168,177,186

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The KUFO 103 is Armada's absolute lightest ski, coming in at just 1,585 grams (177 cm length). It's similar to its older brother, the KUFO 108, but one thing really sets it apart: its Caruba core, which makes it 16 percent lighter than last year's model. Besides that, it's a very similar ski, just at a smaller width, ranging up to 120 mm at the tip. The KUFO 103 is part of Armada's Backcountry Touring series, which focuses on the constantly evolving ski touring scene. AR50 sidewalls are designed to decrease swing weight, Comp Series Bases are made of Armada's fastest base material, Laminate Matrix integrates layered fiberglass designed for an optimal flex pattern, CK Stringers (strips of Carbon and Kevlar) are designed to give the ski pop, and 1.7 impact edges, Armada's lightest yet strong edges, are designed for durability. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.

Cantika

Armada

2016

price$475

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH81mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST117-81-107

LEVEL

LENGTHS150,157,164

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The Cantika is one of Armada's most versatile women's skis, and it has a relatively different design than most of Armada's skis from both the men's and women's sides. Designed for all mountain purposes, it has a Fleet Light Core, which is intended to be more dense and responsive than most other cores from Armada, and Carbon Tail Stringers, strips of carbon placed in the tail that are built to give the ski pop without much effort. The Cantika is part of Armada's Women's series, which focuses on skis for chicks that rip. Armada is based out of Costa Mesa, California, and has been in business since 2002.

Declivity

Armada

2016

price$850

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH96mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST126-96-116

LEVEL

LENGTHS168,176,184

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The Declivity was the late great JP Auclair's touring ski of choice. It has a long sidecut radius, ranging from 22 meters to 26 meters depending on size. It's designed to make those long treks worth the ride down, with technology intended to keep it light enough for touring but stiff enough for ripping any terrain. It's actually the stiffest ski Armada makes. This is all possible through titanal top and bottom strips designed for extra stability, with a Hybrid Tour Light Core that keeps the ski at just 1850 grams (176-cm length). The Declivity also has AR Nose Rocker technology that is designed to lift its tips up and over the rough stuff and also allow for floatation on powder days. The Declivity is part of Armada's Backcountry Touring series, which focuses on the constantly evolving ski touring scene. AR50 sidewalls are designed to decrease swing weight, Comp Bases are made of Armada's fastest base material, Laminate Matrix integrates layered fiberglass designed for an optimal flex pattern, CK Stringers (strips of Carbon and Kevlar) are designed to give the ski pop, and 1.7 impact edges, Armada's lightest yet strong edges, are designed for durability. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.

KUFO 108

Armada

2016

price$825

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH106mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST136-106-126

LEVEL

LENGTHS168,178,188

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The all-new KUFO 108 is Armada's fattest touring ski, ranging up to 138 mm at the tip. If you're looking for a trek, but also expect to be rewarded with some soft snow on the way down instead of sunbaked corn, this ski is a great option from Armada. Its Hybrid Tour Light Core is designed to keep it light despite its bigger width, and the AR Nose Rocker technology is designed to lift its tips up and over anything outside the groomers. If you're looking for something similar to the KUFO 108 but not quite so wide, take a look at its little brother, the KUFO 103. The KUFO 108 is part of Armada's Backcountry Touring series, which focuses on the constantly evolving ski touring scene. AR50 sidewalls are designed to decrease swing weight, Comp Series Bases are made of Armada's fastest base material, Laminate Matrix integrates layered fiberglass designed for an optimal flex pattern, CK Stringers (strips of Carbon and Kevlar) are designed to give the ski pop, and 1.7 impact edges, Armada's lightest yet strong edges, are designed for durability. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.

Magic J

Armada

2016

price$875

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH126mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST143-126-140

LEVEL

LENGTHS170,180,190

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Tanner Hall has a park signature model called the THall, but these days he's often found crushing pow all over the globe with the Magic J, his signature powder ski. The Magic J is designed to offer a relatively stiff flex pattern, and with EST Freeride Rocker technology, it's also designed to float over the soft stuff. It's a fatter version of the JJ, another powder ski from Armada, with its widest point ranging up to 144 mm. The Magic J is part of Armada's Deepest series, which focuses on powder skis. AR50 sidewalls are designed to decrease swing weight, Hybrid Ultralight Cores are stabilized through extra damp wood cores, Laminate Matrix integrates layered fiberglass, designed for an optimal flex pattern, and 1.7 edges, Armada's lightest edges, are built in to decrease weight while maintaining durability. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.

JJ 2.0

Armada

2016

price$825

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH117mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST138-117-134

LEVEL

LENGTHS165,175,185,195

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The chosen powder ski of the late great JP Auclair, the JJ 2.0 is a fat and stable product that is designed to rip wide open turns while maintaining a versatile turning radius for navigating chutes and trees. It also has EST Freeride Rocker technology that is intended for effortless floating over the soft stuff with extra edge control for days that aren't neck-deep, and Comp Series Bases are made of Armada's fastest base material for top speeds. The JJ 2.0 is part of Armada's Deepest series, which focuses on powder skis. AR50 sidewalls are designed to decrease swing weight, Hybrid Ultralight Cores are stabilized through extra damp wood cores, Laminate Matrix integrates layered fiberglass, designed for an optimal flex pattern, and 1.7 edges, Armada's lightest edges, are built in to decrease weight while maintaining durability. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.

El Rey

Armada

2016

price$475

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH85mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST121-85-111

LEVEL

LENGTHS157,164,171,178,185

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Offering a super soft wood core wrapped in fiberglass, the El Rey is designed as a playful ski intended to bounce all over the mountain. It's a likely choice for those who like to mess around in the park, but also get down with some tight tree runs, skinny chutes, and side booters. Its design has a much shorter turn radius than most of Armada's other skis, perfect for those tough-to-reach spots. For something similar but wider, check out the ARVTi The El Rey is part of Armada's All Mountain Freestyle series, which focuses on skis that are designed to get the job done not only in the park, but also on the rest of the mountain. For park skiers who like to make real turns, and only have the budget for one pair of sticks, this is one of Armada's best. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.

Invictus 108Ti

Armada

2016

price$875

YEAR2015/2016

WAIST WIDTH106mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST136-106-126

LEVEL

LENGTHS168,178,188

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The Invictus 108Ti is the widest ski in the Invictus Series, measuring up to 138 mm at the tip. Its long radius, ranging from 20 to 26 m depending on length, is designed for huge and fast turns, and the titanal top and bottom layers are designed to make this thing rock solid in the rough stuff. All of this is intended to make the ski really charge, while having the capability to float when it needs to. For something similar but skinnier, check out the Invictus 95Ti, Invictus, 89Ti, and Invictus 95. The Invictus series includes a plethora of skis designed for big turns and high speeds all over the mountain. AR50 sidewalls are intended to decrease swing weight, Hybrid Double Zone Cores full of extra hard-wood laminates are designed for stabilization, AR Nose Rocker technology is designed to let the tips float over anything outside of the groomers, Comp Bases are made of Armada's fastest base material for top speeds, CK Stringers (strips of Carbon and Kevlar) are designed to give the ski pop, Laminate Matrix integrates fiberglass layered for an optimal flex pattern, and 2.2 edges (one of Armada's thickest) are intended to handle beat downs all season. Invictus is also Latin for unconquered, which is pretty darn badass. Armada, founded in 2002, is based out of Costa Mesa, California.

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