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How did the well-established Armada Invictus 108 Ti fare in our latest review of freeride skis in the Austrian resort of Kuhtai?
Level
Advanced
Terrain
Freeride
Best for
Heavier skiers who like to go fast.
Price
£600
Season
2017/18
lengths
168,178,188
Bindings?
No
Float
8
Versatility
8
Playfulness
5
Energy
7
Value
7
Stability
10
Overall Score
8
+
Feeling more stable than a herd of horses at bedtime.
Comparatively cumbersome at slow speed.

The Invictus 108 Ti are the big daddy's of Armada's boisterous set of freeride chargers.

For you Latin buffs out there, 'Invictus' means unconquered or undefeated and is probably pretty apt as the skis have been around for three years now and are still going strong.

Strong is the key word here, with the skis designed to have a rock-solid ride whatever the conditions.

The slimmer 85 and 95 models are a little softer, without the Ti label that signifies a stiff metal heart.

But in the 108 Ti - and the 89 Ti and 99 Ti - you get a dual layer of titanal, plus supporting struts in the tip and tail made of both carbon and kevlar. Even the woodcore has stronger stringers of hardwood running through them.

Add in Armada's durable Impact Edge, which is cushioned with a strip of rubber for a smoother, damper ride, to the width of the 108 and you've got a super-stable ride.

All that chunky internal tech does mean the Invictus 108 Ti is sluggish to turn at low speed though, but as the pace picks up the skis come alive.

The 108 Ti has pretty stiff tails that whip you out of long turns, but might catch out dedicated off-pisters who are used to softer skis with more rocker at the rear.

There's plenty of lift available in soft snow, although again you have to work for it. But get the Invictus 108 Ti charging downhill and their nose rears up like a speedboat's prow crashing through waves. Anchors aweigh!