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The invader is excellent value for a symmetrical ski that is essentially jib and rail fodder for anything more look elsewhere.
It does exactly what I expected of it.
Its cheap (I got mine for £70) and an older model park ski made with rails and flat land jibbing in mind. Therefore Im not surprised that its pretty flexible and light.
Works Ok for smaller features and rails in the park but for anything large its too soft. Might be better for lighter kids however.
Feels very light and also quite cheap and nasty. The top sheet has an almost waxy texture and seems quite pliable and susceptible to large gouges.
Very buttery but not too poppy.
The base seems statisfactory but quite slow compared to other skis Ive ridden and it doesn't hold wax for very long.
I quite like the paint job but found the coulours a bit too earthy so I sprayed mine electric green instead.
Steal at the price I got them for. Wouldn't want to part with the RRP for them.
170 seems to come up quite big but I usually use skis that are a little longer and wish I got the 178s.
A mate recommended going down to 170 but I find it makes the ski quite unstable and I tend to wash out quite a bit (this is prob also due to the soft tip flex).
Soft as butter. Pressing is pretty easy.
Alledgedly stiff underfoot but I don't feel it (and don't get how anyone else does either as its under your bindings and boot).
This model was before Line started adding carbon stringers to make it more poppy so its pretty much a noodle from the word go.
Although a lot of people have found problems with the top sheet peeling on this model I haven't. This could be down to the fact that I never crash or touch my skis together but I doubt it!
Base seems in good nick even after a few end of season rock taps and grass rides.
Edges seem to hold up quite well. I rounded them off under foot when I got them and it took several weeks of abuse before they cracked at all. Ive ridden them with cracks for another 4 weeks or so and they still seem to be holding up well.
I think the Invader is an excelent ski, it looks and feels beautiful and has some very good ideas put into it. i think that all park skis should be 100% symetrical like the invader. the price of this ski is amazing and there are no durabillity issues i can see. the one point i have taken off is for the pop, but this problem has been fixed in newer models, i think they might well be the perfect park ski.
I love my invaders.
The invader is fun to ride, like line say, it rides as well backwards as it does forwards this is my favorite thing about it.
i think the tip and tail could be a little higher on them but i don't think my reason for this will be experienced by anyone else on here.
as i said already the width is ideal for rail tricks such as switch ups and spins off yet at the same time wide enough to land jumps on too.
the only thing i think could have been improved is the pop, old invaders weren't a very poppy ski- they had enough just not as much as some- line has however added a carbon ollie band to this years model and i asume that has fixed tat problem.
I wish there were more skis that looked as good as my invaders! i think they are pretty much the best looking ski out. they feel light and when you ski them the side cut and flex feels good, backwards and forwards. i think these skis were very well designed.
my skis cost me £150 in a sale but i think rrp was £200, about $400 but skis are more expensive in britain. i definetly got a bargain, and i wouldn't have minded paying full price either, the invaders are worth every penny.
I am 5'6" and i have the 161 size of the invaders. i feel that this length is just right for me and the kind of riding they were designed for. the waist is 83mm this to me is a good width thats not too small for a nice stable landings and not too wide to stop progession of rail tricks.
the invader is a soft ski but it doesn't feel floppy under foot.
line says the butter zone will help you butter, i can't really notice that much of a difference. maybe if i were better it would help though, i have experienced it's existance. i have heard negative things about the butter zone and it being hard to get used to, i didn't notice this either.
I am very pleased with the symetrical flex, i can feel the difference skiing fakie, it does make this easier.
my top sheet has quite a lot of dents in it but i cold see this happening to any ski i used and i hurt the base of one ski near the tail but again i don't belive this was the skis fault, i hit it pretty hard off a pointy rock. my edges have been detuned till they are quarter circle shaped and their has been no problem ewith those at all. there is no other problems to report.