Pugski Ski Tester
- Nov 1, 2015
- Reno, eNVy
Brother & Sister vs Brother & Sister Throwdown!!!
Here we have another old-school establishment vs new-school ge-ge-generation.When the Völkls were released almost a decade ago, they immediately became two of the reference skis in the upper-80mm all-mountain category: they were new, they were fresh, they were solid, and -- most importantly for Völkl -- they sold great! Last season Völkl changed the shape and modernized these siblings, making a very popular ski even more versatile for more skiers.
Armada has realized that its demographics are getting older, having groms of their own, and skiing more all mountain and not just in the park. The new Invictus/Victa series, with an extended tip profile and moderate flair in the tail, makes for fun and playful skis. You can charge on these to your heart's content, but if you see a pocket of fresh or a little lip to pop off, go for it. Make sure your own groms see you, though, because getting older doesn't mean we have to mature; we need to retain some of that R35P3CT.
- Why choose the Armada twins? Although they have different widths in their names, they are the same ski, and their sizing is scaled. Pricewise, these skis are a Steals & Deals Winner.
- Why choose the Völkl siblings? Strength. The Völkls are two of the more powerful skis in the category with a solid Teutonic feel. If you are a traditionalist and like to open it up and charge the mountain, this is the way to go.
- Other skis in the class: Blizzard Brahma/Black Pearl, Head Monster 88, K2 Pinnacle 88/AllLuvit, Rossignol Experience 88/Temptation 88.