Line Skis Prophet 98 (2014)
If you have an old friend who used to rip but still skis on his ancient K2 TNCs and you want to show him how far ski tech has come without kicking his ass, put him on the Prophet 98. “Supremely versatile,” said one tester.
“Effortless and predictable,” said another. An easygoing yet ripping short-turn carver on piste, it’s still smeary enough to make trees and bumps
really fun. “It never bosses you around.” A good one-ski quiver from East to far West.
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).
|Level||Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Lengths||165, 172, 179, 186|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.33 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.14 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.13 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.32 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.59 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.20 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.72 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.07 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.20 / 5|