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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Line's most park-specific ski features its singular construction. Skatedeck Construction takes its inspiration from skateboards. It's basically plywood from edge to edge, albeit high-quality maple plywood, with no sidewalls. This saves trees (less waste), and Line says the lack of sidewalls reduces the use of petroleum-based plastic by 60 percent. It's designed to spend most of its time in the park. Line recommends center-mounting it.
The junior version of the Afterbang is a replica of the big kids' version, but with a thinner core (six-ply maple instead of seven-ply). It's built for durability and affordability and designed to spend most of its time in the park. Line recommends center-mounting it.
Part of the Freestyle All Terrain collection, the Chronic is designed to be equally at home in the park or anywhere else on the frontside, yet also fun on the occasional powder day. It's a 92 waist, but the camber is traditional, and it's a metal-free, maple-core ski with Line's Sidewall construction-the angled sidewalls are thick over the edge but thin below the topsheet, for durability and dampness.
The affordable offering in the Freestyle All-Terrain collection is designed to spend half it's time in the park, the other half exploring the rest of the frontside. It's a cambered, wood-core cap construction, designed to be light and lively.