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Have Armada successfully turned their attention to the all mountain ski category with the Invictus 95? Read the review to find out more.
Level
Recreational
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
All mountain jibbers, but equally anyone who wants a playful and forgiving ski
Price
£455
Season
2019/20
Bindings?
No
Float
8
Playfulness
10
Value
9
Edge hold
9
Stability
9
Turn initiation
10
Overall Score
9
+
Surprising versatility in terms of on piste performance, and as good as you'd expect everywhere else
Won't suit super aggressive, high performance, focussed skiers

Armada comes squarely from a freeski background but the Invictus family is aimed at the all mountain skier. The 95 sits in the middle of the Invictus range (in terms of waist size) and contains no titanal, which allows it to be a little more playful and forgiving on the slopes.

For anyone that knows the heritage of the brand as a purely steep and gnarly off piste ski maker it might come as a bit of a shock that the Invictus 95 turned out to be one of the best performing short turn skis of the week, and with great edge hold too. My style is probably well suited to the ski though; I'm aggressive but often lazy in terms of technique, and although a competent skier I don't come from a race/performance background.

The thing that impressed me most about this ski though is that it isn't just forgiving, it's positively nurturing. The Invictus 95 wants to help you out in every part of the mountain, and it would therefore be a great choice for recreational skiers and low intermediates who shouldn't be put off by the image of the brand.

It won't necessarily suit all advanced skiers, but this is a ski that can be pushed in the sense that it is forgiving. Some skis need to be pushed and will punish anything less than perfection; this one will help you out. To fall in love with the Invictus 95 you'll need to enjoy a fun ski; an all mountain jibber, something capable of floating in powder as well as lapping the park.

And if that sounds like your cup of tea, the Invictus 95 is an absolute bargain and incredibly versatile to boot.