True to the brand, the new Invictus 99 TI is best suited to skiing the mountain—beyond the groomed runs. We favored it in trees, steep bumps, and on open faces, where the directional build (it’s not a center mounted jib ski), wood, carbon, and titanal keep it damp and stable. But it’s still an Armada—you can pivot and smear it around easy enough in crud and chopped powder, and it will track well, thanks to a minimum of sidecut. And at 99mm underfoot, it’s plenty wide for real-world powder skiing, too. On groomers, the Invictus makes a sweeping super-G turn—the 187cm sports a 21.5-meter radius.
Swami gripe: It’s tough to try to force that wide-open sidecut into a shorter turn. Feels a bit slow edge-to-edge as a result.
Swami like: “Super solid underfoot, but the soft tip and tail make it playful off-trail,” said a tester.
Overall: 4.4 Floatation: 5.0 Carving: 3.8 Dimensions: 134/99/124