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Line Skis

Tester's Review

Review: First, everyone liked Mr. (Eric) Pollard's artwork. After that, stunning discrepancies of opinion. The Opus had highly vocal detractors; they disliked the soft flex and forward mount. But it's champions ranked it among the best. (Six of 11 put it in their top five). It feels small at first, but skis big. It's nimble, but not at the expense of power. The tapered tip and tail keep things loose in deep snow, making it one of the more forgiving fatties. And there's always something to stand on underfoot. "Soft tip and rocker give it unsinkable float," said Larson. "Great powder ski for any ability." Notes: The Mr. Pollard's Opus is a wood-core, vertical-sidewall laminate construction with early rise in the tip (15 mm of rise over 25 cm), with tapered tip and tail-all contributing to its looseness in powder.

PRICE (MSRP): $850.00
PRICE (MAP): $700.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$850.00
MAP$700.00
GenderMale
CategoryDeep Snow
AwardsGold Medal Gear
BindingFlat
Lengths178
Tip/Waist/Tail144-118-141
Rating: Stability at Speed2.97 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip1.74 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.25 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.58 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps2.47 / 5
Rating: Rebound Energy2.72 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.99 / 5
Rating: Balance of Skill3.06 / 5
Rating: Overall3.00 / 5

PRICE (MSRP): $295.00
PRICE (MAP): $240.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$295.00
MAP$240.00
GenderMale
CategoryMixed Snow
BindingFlat
Lengths113
Tip/Waist/Tail101-80-94 (113)

PRICE (MSRP): $295.00
PRICE (MAP): $240.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$295.00
MAP$240.00
GenderFemale
CategoryMixed Snow
BindingFlat
Lengths113
Tip/Waist/Tail97-76-90

The newly rockered Celebrity 100 is still the mainstay of Line's All-Mountain collection, built for and equal mix of powder and all-mountain conditions. Line added a dose of tip rocker-5 mm over the foremost 20 cm-to give it a smoother, looser feel on the snow. It's a metal-reinforced cap construction on a wood core, so it's built to be durable and powerful, but not overpowerful.

PRICE (MSRP): $675.00
PRICE (MAP): $550.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$675.00
MAP$550.00
GenderFemale
CategoryDeep Snow
BindingFlat
Lengths158
Tip/Waist/Tail134-100-125
Tester's Review

Review: Line might not be a garage brand anymore-its market share is up there with the big boys'-but it stays true to its roots. First, the price: so low we had to check it twice. Second, the offerings: Line specializes in park and pow skis. Accordingly, the 90 shone in the fluff, bouncing through pillow bumps and trees (no. 1 in Quickness and Forgiveness). It's too cool to carve, and chargers should opt for the 100, but the 90 is perfect "for advanced intermediates who want to start exploring," said Gillet. Notes: With its very subtle rocker and moderately fat waist, the new Celebrity 90 is designed to be a good bet for Easterners looking for an everyday ski and Westerners who stay mainly on-trail. There just 1 mm of early rise over the foremost 20 cm of the ski, but that's enough to make it ride smoother and float better in soft snow. It's a glass-reinforced cap construction on a wood core.

PRICE (MSRP): $575.00
PRICE (MAP): $450.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelIntermediate, Advanced, Expert
MSRP$575.00
MAP$450.00
GenderFemale
CategoryMixed Snow
AwardsGold Medal Gear
BindingFlat
Lengths151
Tip/Waist/Tail125-90-113
Rating: Stability at Speed2.64 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip2.67 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.08 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.93 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.59 / 5
Rating: Rebound Energy3.46 / 5
Rating: Flotation3.04 / 5
Rating: Balance of Skill2.83 / 5
Rating: Overall3.14 / 5

The Shadow is an affordable park/all-mountain twin-tip generalist with a relatively narrow (for Line) waist of 85. It's a wood-core cap construction, designed for a versatile, easygoing performance.

PRICE (MSRP): $405.00
PRICE (MAP): $330.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
MSRP$405.00
MAP$330.00
GenderFemale
CategoryMixed Snow
BindingFlat
Lengths147
Tip/Waist/Tail115-85-112

The Flite is the affordable Prophet, built on the same chassis as the Prophet 90 but with a regular, metal-free cap construction that makes it more affordable and easier to manage. It's designed for 20 percent powder, 80 percent all-mountain performance, making it a good choice as a "daily driver" for eastern skiers. The tip rocker is slight, just 1 mm at the foremost 5 cm of the ski to keep it loose and smooth on hardpack.

PRICE (MSRP): $570.00
PRICE (MAP): $450.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
MSRP$570.00
MAP$450.00
GenderMale
CategoryMixed Snow
BindingFlat
Lengths165
Tip/Waist/Tail125-90-113

Line is one of the few companies to offer a legit women's powder ski. The Pandora, at 115 mm in the waist and with a large helping of rocker (8 mm over the foremost 25 cm of the ski), will float and smear in the deepest of snow. The tip is tapered contribute to a loose, slashy feel in soft snow, and it's thinner profile keeps it supple and fluid.

PRICE (MSRP): $800.00
PRICE (MAP): $650.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2011/2012
LevelAdvanced, Expert, Hi-Expert
MSRP$800.00
MAP$650.00
GenderFemale
CategoryDeep Snow
BindingFlat
Lengths152
Tip/Waist/Tail142-115-139
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