Armada Invictus 95 Ti Ski
Armada says the Invictus is like “water flowing over rocks,” meaning that it has the ability to adapt to any type of terrain—from icy hardpack to powdery tree lines. Dual layers of titanium, carbon and KEVLAR® stringers, and the AR Noserocker make it possible. Shop Now >
Stability refers to a ski’s structural integrity, and how the ski interacts with the snow’s surface at different speeds and snow conditions. A stiffer flex the ski will generally provide stability at speed and on variable terrain. Big mountain skis benefit from lots of stability for high speeds, while park and freestyle skis benefit from reduced stability to create a more playful ski.
Float refers to a ski’s ability to plane over powder and other soft-snow conditions. Waist width and rockered profiles are hallmarks of float, and floatation is most important for powder, and all-mountain skis. Shovel shape and profile will also impact flotation—wider shovels with more rocker generally means more float.
Maneuverability refers to a ski’s agility, ease of turn initiation, and the ability to link turns regardless of snow conditions. Rocker profile in a powder ski increases maneuverability in deep snow, and similarly, narrow waist width and shorter sidecuts increase maneuverability on hard or groomed snow conditions. Also, longer skis like powder and big mountain skis will be less maneuverable, but much more stable.
Carve refers to a ski’s ability to hold an edge at speed. All-mountain and park skis’ narrow waist widths and short sidecuts are designed excel at carving on groomed conditions, whereas rockered profiles and long-sidecut shapes are aimed at floating. If you spend time on the groomers, you’ll want a ski with plenty of carve-ability. If skiing big lines is your game, aim for longer sidecuts for bigger, freeride turns.