Line Skis Sick Day 95 (2014)
We could not find a situation in which the Sick Day 95, the narrowest of Line’s new three-model Sick Day series, wavered. For testers of all styles, sizes, and levels of aggression, it surfed soft and broken snow effortlessly, cranked spicy high-angle arcs without a hint of timidity, and flowed like honey through trees and bumps—all without punishing them for momentary balance lapses. Pop the champagne, no matter which coast you call home. This supremely versatile ski rules them all.
The 95 is the narrowest, lightest and quickest Sick Day, best suited to everyday resort skiing with hard-snow versatility that others in the series lack. Line's new Sick Day collection aims for ease of use and accessibility across ability levels in deep, deeper and deepest powder. There are three models, ranging in width from a powder-specific 125 mm down to a more versatile 95 mm, with pronounced rocker for maximum flotation on the 125 and progressively less on narrower models for more responsive mixed-snow performance. With slight-twin tips and directional sidecut taper and waisting, they're meant to go forward down the mountain. (Switch riders and powder jibbers might be better served by a true-twin Opus or Sir Francis Bacon.) Aggressive tip taper also gives the Sick Days a looser feel in the snow than the similarly wide Opus or Bacon, with less active edge in the snow and enhanced maneuverability and newschool smeariness. Line builds the Sick Days for light, lively performance. There's no metal, and Line's ThinTip technology keeps the tip profile slender and supple for shock absorption and reduced swing weight. Meanwhile, Line's new, lighter Maplelite Macro Block core blends dense maple underfoot for power and durability with lightweight aspen tip and tail for further reduction of swing-weight. Metal-free Capwall construction combines light forgiving cap construction on top, resting on low sidewalls over the edges for solidity and grip. The colorful and highly imaginative graphics are the work of Toronto based artist Derek Muscat.
|Level||Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Awards||Ski of the Year, Tester's Choice, Official Selection|
|Lengths||172, 179, 186|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.60 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||4.03 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.78 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.92 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||4.03 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.99 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.11 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.70 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.77 / 5|