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Built for value, the newly redesigned Flite resembles other skis in the Prophet series in name only. Built using the discontinued Prophet 90's molds, it gets the same directional sidecut (ie., it's built to go forward, not backward) and slight-twin tail, but it's a metal-free cap construction with an all-aspen core - for lighter weight, softer flex and general ease of use at slower speeds - and it's traditionally cambered (no tip and tail rocker). The target customer is a novice or intermediate who generally sticks to the groomed. The Prophet series, which has evolved over a decade, still targets the Line skier who wants a powerfully edgy directional ski, who likes to bend a ski and carve it, who finds heavily rockered newschool slarvers to be lacking in rebound and reluctant to carve. There are four high-performance models in waist widths of 98, 90 and 85 mm, plus a value-oriented version of the 90, called the Flite. All are built on Line's densest, most durable MacroBlock core, which has full-length maple stringers surround by lighter-weight aspen. The 85, 90 and 98 are Line Capwall constructions, featuring low sidewalls, for solid edge feel, combined with a cap structure on top, for forgiving flex and durability. The top three models also have metal reinforcement for high-speed vibration absorption. (Not full sheets; rather, the metal laminates are shaped to provide strength and dampening where it's needed most, without adding the weight of full sheets.) All are fully cambered underfoot for traditional edge grip and rebound; all but the Flite have a touch of floaty tip rocker. All models are designed for traditional rearward mounting and are only sold flat (no binding).

PRICE (MSRP): $560.00
PRICE (MAP): $450.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelBeginner, Intermediate
MSRP$560.00
MAP$450.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths158, 165, 172, 179
Tip/Waist/Tail115-90-113
Rating: Stability at Speed2.38 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.14 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.13 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.46 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.17 / 5
Rating: Flotation2.52 / 5
Rating: Overall2.64 / 5

The Prophet 90 is identical in construction to the Prophet 98, but with a narrower 90-mm waist that will give it edge grip and quickness that the 98 lacks. Line sees it as a good choice for an Eastern or Midwestern expert who wants a daily driver with a little extra width for powder days. The Prophet series, which has evolved over a decade, still targets the Line skier who wants a powerfully edgy directional ski, who likes to bend a ski and carve it, who finds heavily rockered newschool slarvers to be lacking in rebound and reluctant to carve. There are four high-performance models in waist widths of 98, 90 and 85 mm, plus a value-oriented version of the 90, called the Flite. All are built on Line's densest, most durable MacroBlock core, which has full-length maple stringers surround by lighter-weight aspen. The 85, 90 and 98 are Line Capwall constructions, featuring low sidewalls, for solid edge feel, combined with a cap structure on top, for forgiving flex and durability. The top three models also have metal reinforcement for high-speed vibration absorption. (Not full sheets; rather, the metal laminates are shaped to provide strength and dampening where it's needed most, without adding the weight of full sheets.) All are fully cambered underfoot for traditional edge grip and rebound; all but the Flite have a touch of floaty tip rocker. All models are designed for traditional rearward mounting and are only sold flat (no binding).

PRICE (MSRP): $750.00
PRICE (MAP): $600.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$750.00
MAP$600.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths165, 172, 179, 186
Tip/Waist/Tail125-90-113

Line builds the Prophet 98 to thrive in powder and deep crud, but also to get along just fine in more typical resort conditions. It gets the most tip rocker of any Prophet, for soft-snow flotation appropriate to its 98-mm waist width, and also the tightest, curviest turn radius. The Prophet series, which has evolved over a decade, still targets the Line skier who wants a powerfully edgy directional ski, who likes to bend a ski and carve it, who finds heavily rockered newschool slarvers to be lacking in rebound and reluctant to carve. There are four high-performance models in waist widths of 98, 90 and 85 mm, plus a value-oriented version of the 90, called the Flite. All are built on Line's densest, most durable MacroBlock core, which has full-length maple stringers surround by lighter-weight aspen. The 85, 90 and 98 are Line Capwall constructions, featuring low sidewalls, for solid edge feel, combined with a cap structure on top, for forgiving flex and durability. The top three models also have metal reinforcement for high-speed vibration absorption. (Not full sheets; rather, the metal laminates are shaped to provide strength and dampening where it's needed most, without adding the weight of full sheets.) All are fully cambered underfoot for traditional edge grip and rebound; all but the Flite have a touch of floaty tip rocker. All models are designed for traditional rearward mounting and are only sold flat (no binding).

PRICE (MSRP): $810.00
PRICE (MAP): $650.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$810.00
MAP$650.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths165, 172, 179, 186
Tip/Waist/Tail132-98-123

Significantly narrower, and with much less tip and tail rocker, the Sick Day 110 offers quickness and edge-hold that the 125 will lack, making it a more versatile choice for the resort skier who hopes but doesn't expect to see powder every day. The moderate waist width and lighter weight also make it a likely candidate for sidecountry freeriding with an AT binding. Line's new Sick Day collection aims for ease of use and accessibility across ability levels in deep, deeper and deepest powder. There are three models, ranging in width from a powder-specific 125 mm down to a more versatile 95 mm, with pronounced rocker for maximum flotation on the 125 and progressively less on narrower models for more responsive mixed-snow performance. With slight-twin tips and directional sidecut taper and waisting, they're meant to go forward down the mountain. (Switch riders and powder jibbers might be better served by a true-twin Opus or Sir Francis Bacon.) Aggressive tip taper also gives the Sick Days a looser feel in the snow than the similarly wide Opus or Bacon, with less active edge in the snow and enhanced maneuverability and newschool smeariness. Line builds the Sick Days for light, lively performance. There's no metal, and Line's ThinTip technology keeps the tip profile slender and supple for shock absorption and reduced swing weight. Meanwhile, Line's new, lighter Maplelite Macro Block core blends dense maple underfoot for power and durability with lightweight aspen tip and tail for further reduction of swing-weight. Metal-free Capwall construction combines light forgiving cap construction on top, resting on low sidewalls over the edges for solidity and grip. The colorful and highly imaginative graphics are the work of Toronto based artist Derek Muscat.

PRICE (MSRP): $880.00
PRICE (MAP): $700.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$880.00
MAP$700.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths172, 179, 186
Tip/Waist/Tail142-110-125
Rating: Stability at Speed2.42 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.16 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.32 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.68 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.33 / 5
Rating: Flotation4.14 / 5
Rating: Overall2.89 / 5

The 95 is the narrowest, lightest and quickest Sick Day, best suited to everyday resort skiing with hard-snow versatility that others in the series lack. Line's new Sick Day collection aims for ease of use and accessibility across ability levels in deep, deeper and deepest powder. There are three models, ranging in width from a powder-specific 125 mm down to a more versatile 95 mm, with pronounced rocker for maximum flotation on the 125 and progressively less on narrower models for more responsive mixed-snow performance. With slight-twin tips and directional sidecut taper and waisting, they're meant to go forward down the mountain. (Switch riders and powder jibbers might be better served by a true-twin Opus or Sir Francis Bacon.) Aggressive tip taper also gives the Sick Days a looser feel in the snow than the similarly wide Opus or Bacon, with less active edge in the snow and enhanced maneuverability and newschool smeariness. Line builds the Sick Days for light, lively performance. There's no metal, and Line's ThinTip technology keeps the tip profile slender and supple for shock absorption and reduced swing weight. Meanwhile, Line's new, lighter Maplelite Macro Block core blends dense maple underfoot for power and durability with lightweight aspen tip and tail for further reduction of swing-weight. Metal-free Capwall construction combines light forgiving cap construction on top, resting on low sidewalls over the edges for solidity and grip. The colorful and highly imaginative graphics are the work of Toronto based artist Derek Muscat.

PRICE (MSRP): $750.00
PRICE (MAP): $600.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$750.00
MAP$600.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths172, 179, 186
Tip/Waist/Tail130-95-115
Rating: Stability at Speed2.63 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.36 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.63 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance2.76 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.08 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.16 / 5
Rating: Overall2.92 / 5

Line narrows its big-mountain powder ski collection to just one model for 2013-14. The Influence 105 is discontinued, leaving only the fatter Influence 115. It's a powerful, metal-reinforced construction built for high-speed charging on steep, powder lines. Aggressive rocker tip and tail gives it deep-snow flotation, but camber underfoot gives it a measure of hardpack performance. The sidecut is decidedly directional - conventionally waisted, with plenty of taper (the tail is 14 mm narrower than the tip). The tip is tapered for maneuverability in deep snow, but compared to the looser, surfier skis in Line's new Sick Day collection, it will have a more powerful, locked-in performance with more active edge. A stiffer tail gives it even more directional power than the Pollard-designed Opus and Bacon. Capwall construction combines light forgiving cap construction on top, resting on low sidewalls over the edges for solidity and grip. The Influence is metal-reinforced, but Line's Metal Matrix laminates aren't full sheets; rather, they're shaped to provide reinforcement only where most needed, in order to offer just enough of the dampness that metal provides for high speeds without adding too much weight.

PRICE (MSRP): $940.00
PRICE (MAP): $750.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelExpert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$940.00
MAP$750.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths179, 186, 192
Tip/Waist/Tail145-115-131

The Afterbang, with symmetrical sidecut and flex and traditional camber, is a dedicated park twin-tip with an unusual construction. It's built using Line's unusual SkateDeck construction - seven layers of maple laminated together for maximum durability - instead of a traditional core-and-sidewall ski construction. New this year, it gets a simple fiberglass topsheet for enhanced durability, and two of the SkateDeck layers are removed tip and tail for softer flex and easier swing weight. It's built with softened zones in the tip and tail for easier butters and has carbon stringers for added pop. It's intended for advanced park-oriented riders. The traditional camber gives it rebound and boost on park hits. The symmetrical flex and sidecut give it optimized bi-directional performance.

PRICE (MSRP): $500.00
PRICE (MAP): $400.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelExpert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$500.00
MAP$400.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths155, 166, 172, 177
Tip/Waist/Tail115-88-115

The Mastermind is a lightweight, value-priced all-mountain twintip. It's built to be an enthusiastic park ski, with a traditional camber profile for generating speed and amplitude off hits and a near symmetrical sidecut (only 3 mm wider in the tip than in the tail). Line's Symmetric Flex is designed to enhance bi-directional versatility. For all-mountain versatility, Line recommends a traditional mounting point (75 mm behind center), though many buyers will center-mount it for optimal park performance. Economical cap construction on a lightweight, all-aspen wood core keeps it lively and affordable. The Mastermind is Line's least expensive men's ski; many shops will sell it for about $350.

PRICE (MSRP): $440.00
PRICE (MAP): $350.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelBeginner, Intermediate
MSRP$440.00
MAP$350.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths157, 167, 172, 177
Tip/Waist/Tail115-85-112

Formerly a jibber-favorite known as the Anthem, the Traveling Circus is intended to embody the hijinks of Line's viral video series, the Line Traveling Circus. It is symmetrical in flex and shape so it is intended to be a center-mounted ski for jumps and rails. It's the widest of Line's park-specific skis so it will have a bit more versatility on the entire mountain. Camber underfoot is blended with slight tip and tail rocker. It's a simple, economical cap construction with fiberglass reinforcement. Line's sturdiest, densest Maple Macroblock core combines full-length strips of maple surrounded by lighter-weight aspen.

PRICE (MSRP): $560.00
PRICE (MAP): $450.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$560.00
MAP$450.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths161, 171, 178
Tip/Waist/Tail119-93-119

With a near symmetrical flex and near-symmetrical sidecut, the 86 mm wide Future Spin, new to the Line collection for 2013-14, is the most park-specific ski in the All-Terrain Freestyle collection. It offers a little more camber underfoot than the Chronic or Blend, good for carving into hits and generating boost. Just a touch of tip and tail rocker is designed to give it easy-to-pivot looseness without overly compromising rebound energy. Line's Freestyle All-Terrain collection includes three lightweight twin-tip models - Blend, Chronic and Future Spin - in waist widths ranging from 100 (Blend) down to 86 mm (Future Spin). They're built for soft-snow, all-mountain versatility, with a "progressive" (forward of traditional) mounting point. Many buyers, Line says, will center-mount them for ideal park performance. All models have camber underfoot for carvability with varying amounts of tip and tail rocker (more in the wider models, very little in the Future Spin) for easy-pivoting looseness. Line's new, lighter Maplelite Macro Block core blends dense maple underfoot for power and durability with lightweight aspen tip and tail for reduced swing-weight. ThinTip tips are extra thin and flexible for supple shock absorption and further weight savings. Metal-free Capwall construction combines light forgiving cap construction on top, resting on low sidewalls over the edges for solidity and grip. Line's Symmetric Flex is designed to enhance bi-directional versatility.

PRICE (MSRP): $560.00
PRICE (MAP): $450.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2013/2014
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$560.00
MAP$450.00
GenderMale
BindingFlat
Lengths167, 174, 181
Tip/Waist/Tail112-86-109
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