well its actually for my friend but we live on the east coast so theres not much powder, but he skis mostly park pipe and doesnt really do rails but boxes, and is like 50% in the park and 50% out, and he wants a good butter ski too
IF, he can only choose between those two skis, I honestly would recommend the AR5. I've been skiing the Invader exclusively for a while now, more than the others who have recommended it to you, and it has major shortcomings when you leave the park. The AR5 will butter fine you just have to put more effort into it. If he's only 50% in and 50% out the AR5 is much more suited to his needs.
in wski106 watch the armada team video and watch TJ due a HUGE nose butter... and yes he was on the ar5's... and rite after he does a sick flatland 540... hes ab east.... but ya... if yu ski 50% park and 50% out of the park neither of these skis are for you man.
ill do another good thread...i know its rare but ill do it...The Ar5 and Invaders seem different to me, and seems like id have to do a process of elimantion to pick...
AR5-the first thing you have to consider is the size of ski you will use, sizes varrying from 160,170,176,and 180 with the tips from 107-114 the waists from 76-81 and the tails from 97-103.
They have installed a new 2.5 edge tech...which is the beefiest armada says, they have also added a 8 series top sheet making it more durable than previous years, which is good cuz the cosmetics sucked the last few years....They also have a new core that decreases the weight from last years ski and provides a more responsive ski and now has better durability, and i might add some very funky graphics...you are probably looking at spending anywhere from 400 dollars and up for the ski.
Invader- Well its obviously made by line so it will have a strong base, it as well has the 2.5 edge tech, just has a different name(fatty edge) the invader ranges from sizes of 151,161,171 and 178 with dimensions of 112-83-112...this means the ski will ski very well switch and forward...as i mentioned earlier i beleive the ski has a 3000 base which is deffinately very strong, and has a marblock wood core, which will hold up just as well as any other ski, the ski also has a new flex technology, making it one of the softest skis on the market, buttering with an ease, some how it prevents the ski from a large amount of chatter tho, it puzzles me, and the ski has a naked lady and peice of toast on it...wat more could you ask for! and the ski is adaptable with line bindings keeping the value of the ski higher when your done and want to sell it...and the ski ranges from 280-300 dollars retail price...deffinately a bang for your buck!...
^no. you're going to want a true flex that holds edge like a rock in the icy east coast pipes. an unconventional flex with butter points screwing up the way the ski carves the snow is not what you want.
my level of radness... it just can't... be quantified.
haha....invaders are fun skis check them out, check out the ar5, pick the best ski for you simple as that, everyone on NS is so biased there help is minimal when asking to choose between two great things