Line Skis Prophet 85 (2014)
Tester consensus was absolute: Here's the lightest, liveliest, and most playful ski in the category. Because of its soft flex and lightning quickness, the Prophet's easy to stay balanced over in bumps, where it really shines. (Nothing beat it for Quickness.) There's a trade-off, naturally. It doesn't like hard snow, and heavier, more aggressive skiers especially will want more power and solidity for high-speed arcing. But it responds to finessed attacks with an irresistibly joyful demeanor. Rogan: "Superlight and easy to ski." Larsen: "Fun, easy, playful - a real ego ski."
The Prophet 85 is the narrowest, quickest and edgiest of all the prophets. Of all Line skis, it's most logical choice for an Eastern skier who likes to set an edge and arc on hardpack. 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).
|Level||Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||165, 172, 179, 186|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||2.72 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.66 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.40 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||2.77 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.57 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.64 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.02 / 5|