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Line Skis

Celebrity 90

Line

2012

Gold Medal Gear

rating3.14

price$575

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.64 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.67 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.08 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.93 / 5
Quickness: 
3.59 / 5
Rebound Energy: 
3.46 / 5
Overall: 
3.14 / 5
Balance of Skill: 
2.83 / 5
Flotation: 
3.04 / 5

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH90mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST125-90-113

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS151

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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.

Shadow

Line

2012

price$405

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH85mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST115-85-112

LEVELBeginner

LENGTHS147

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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.

Prophet Flite

Line

2012

price$570

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH90mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST125-90-113

LEVELBeginner

LENGTHS165

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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.

Pandora

Line

2012

price$800

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH115mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST142-115-139

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS152

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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.

Prophet 90

Line

2012

Gold Medal Gear

rating3.32

price$670

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
2.81 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
3.17 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.26 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.89 / 5
Quickness: 
3.44 / 5
Rebound Energy: 
3.20 / 5
Overall: 
3.32 / 5
Balance of Skill: 
3.49 / 5
Flotation: 
3.20 / 5

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH90mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST125-90-113

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS165

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Review: Here's one of the easiest skis to like-no. 1 in Forgiveness in the whole test. It's light and quick, with a pinch of tip rocker that makes it extra-agreeable. A half-cap rides on low sidewalls, combining the ease of the former with the edge grip of the latter. It trades off some stability to be nimble, but that was refreshing in a category of bruisers. And the 90 holds its own-in its own style-in difficult snow conditions. "Lightweight yet solid; truly held to the task and charged," said Korman. "Great ski." Notes: The 90-waisted Prophet is designed for 20 percent powder, 80 percent all-mountain application-a good day-to-day design for eastern skiers looking for a midfat. Metal reinforcement of its wood core gives it durability and stability, but its combination cap/sidewall construction (sidewall on the bottom for power; cap on top for forgiveness) is designed to keep its performance lively and forgiving. It gets just a tiny bit of tip rocker (just 1 mm over 5 cm) to make it easygoing and easier to pivot.

Influence 105

Line

2012

Gold Medal Gear

rating3.02

price$850

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.52 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.16 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.51 / 5
Forgiveness: 
2.93 / 5
Quickness: 
2.58 / 5
Rebound Energy: 
2.58 / 5
Overall: 
3.02 / 5
Balance of Skill: 
3.18 / 5
Flotation: 
3.61 / 5

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH105mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST141-105-131

LEVELIntermediate

LENGTHS172

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Review: The damp, powerful Influence 105 promises all-conditions versatility and delivers, putting up solid scores across all criteria. Testers pegged it as a great everyday ski for Westerners who care about on-piste performance, though one of our lighter, more agile testers warned that it requires some weight and/or aggressiveness. It prefers trees, chutes and rock bands, with enough width for all but the deepest. "These make it easy," said Lewis. "Super-smooth in long turns; tiger-quick in trees." Notes: Like the Influence 115, the 105 is new this year, designed for an equal split between powder and all-mountain performance. The tip is subtly rockered (4 mm over the foremost 25 cm of the ski), which should smooth the ride all over the mountain and keep it responsive on hardpack. Like the 115, it's metal-reinforced for edge-grip, dampness and durability, but it's a cap, not sidewall, construction on a wood core, which is designed to make it more forgiving.

Prophet 98

Line

2012

Gold Medal Gear

rating3.18

price$800

Ratings
Stability At Speed: 
3.38 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.72 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.40 / 5
Forgiveness: 
3.34 / 5
Quickness: 
2.70 / 5
Rebound Energy: 
3.14 / 5
Overall: 
3.18 / 5
Balance of Skill: 
3.38 / 5
Flotation: 
3.18 / 5

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH98mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST132-98-123

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS165

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Review: The Prophets have had the testers convinced for years now, and the new 98 is no exception. It's a light, everyday candidate for finessing anything but hard snow. Line's Capwall construction combines low sidewalls with a cap that spans them-sidewall for edge grip, cap for forgiveness. The 98 is more forgiving than grippy. It manages soft groomers well but much prefers playing in crud and powder. "Clean, fresh, easy to turn," said Casey. "Could be skied from any point on the ski." NOTES: The highly successful Prophet line is still a mainstay of the Line collection, though it's waist widths are less impressive now, well suited to all-mountain soft-snow applications. The redesigned 98 gets a touch of tip rocker to make it easygoing and smooth-riding (just 2.5 mm over the foremost 20 cm of the ski). It's a metal-reinforced cap construction on a wood core. Intended use: 40 percent powder, 60 percent all-mountain.

The 130

Line

2012

price$750

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH130mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST155-130-148

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS186

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Part of Line's Big Mountain series, the 130 is a rockered powder specialist, but camber underfoot and a healthy sidecut keep things fun and crud and on hard snow when necessary. Metal-free cap construction on a maple core is designed to keep it light but powerful. The tip is tapered for looseness in powder, and tip rocker (15 mm over the foremost 15 cm) plus its huge girth (widest in the Line line) give it flotation in the deepest fluff.

Influence 115

Line

2012

price$925

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH115mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST153-115-142

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS172

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With it's 115 mm waist width, the new Influence is built for 60 percent powder, 40 percent all-mountain applications. The tip is rockered (6 mm over the foremost 25 cm of the ski), which should give it a measure of extra float in powder. It's an angled-sidewall, laminate construction on a maple core with metal reinforcement designed to give it a damper, smoother feel on hard snow.

Step Up

Line

2012

price$610

YEAR2011/2012

WAIST WIDTH86mm

TIP/TAIL/WAIST113-86-113

LEVELAdvanced

LENGTHS166

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The Stepup is Line's top-end park/hybrid ski, redesigned for 2012. Designed to spend 60 percent of its time in the park and the rest exploring the frontside, it features Line's new Deckwall construction, which uses maple plywood core underfoot, for solidity, with maple laminates covering foam core material at the extremities, for light swingweight, plus plastic sidewalls for good edging power and durability. It's also built with racing base material for extra speed and boost. Line recommends center-mounting it.

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