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The Best Playful All-Mountain Ski – The Sir Francis Bacon
“For those who like the looser, more forgiving feel of a tail rockered ski, or who want a light and playful ski to trick around the mountain.
Cliff notes version of Jason Hutchins’ reviews of the 184cm and 190cm Bacon: Of all the skis I’ve ridden, I’d call the Bacon the most versatile one-ski quiver option currently available for the playfully-minded, all-mountain skier.”
“The Pandora is a versatile, every day ski for softer snow conditions. For a 110mm underfoot ski, the Pandora still carves nicely on piste, but is an absolute blast in fresh snow, soft chop, and more playful, open terrain.”
“If you’re looking for a powder ski to take out on deep days to search for natural features to spin, flip, and drag, I can’t think of a better ski for the job than the Line Magnum Opus.”
We’re a big fan of their A/B reviews too! – See their recent of the Supernatural 108.
By On The Snow
Line’s new Sick Day series has three waist width offerings (125, 110 and 95 millimeters) and are all designed for fall line skiing with a focus on weight reduction. The Sick Day 110 has no metal and features maple underfoot and aspen in the thin tips to reduce swing weight. Line’s Directional Flex includes a soft, but wide, rockered tip for float and a stiff, narrow tail for stability and control. Testers awarded it high scores for playfulness, and Dittmar called it “part park ski, but mostly All-Mountain fun machine.” “This ski is super quick edge-to-edge, lightweight and has a fun pop out of the turn and can smear when needed,” Flickinger said. Testers commented that though decent on the corduroy, the Sick Day’s strong suit is soft snow. “Thanks to terrific float and low weight, this is a good pow or backcountry tool,” Kasper added.
And click here to check out their full review of our new Freestyle skis
Amanda Markert, editor of Ski Magazine, skis on Line’s Pandora ski. “If you want a fast, stable, and quick turning ski that works great in powder, the Pandora will get the job done,” she says.
The Pandora and Sir Francis Bacon Shorty are both featured in the January 2014 Powder Issue of Ski Magazine on news stands now! Make sure to pick up copy and check out the back page for more on Line Skis!
Landing her first cover, MC Molly Baker graces the front of Backcountry Magazine this month. Congrats to Re Wikstrom for capping the shot and Molly for putting in that nice slash on her Pandoras. Here’s the story behind the cover shot as told by Molly Baker as well as a video from the days she was up at Baker shooting:
“Yes, the sky was really this blue when Re Wikstorm and I got this shot last year at Mt. Baker in January. I flew up to Washington on a whim to meet up with Re and Grant Gunderson. Famous for world record snowfall, this place doesn’t offer many blue days. This was the first day I could see all of the peaks around the resort. Our first shot of the day after hiking an hour or so into the Mt. Baker backcountry, we worked alongside Grant and his athlete on this sunny, steep ridge. I watched the first guy go and then dropped in as fast as I could, easily pushing through the snow with my Pandora’s. It wasn’t just this time, choking on snow on a bluebird day in the backcountry, but a combination of a few days, turns, and lines, that made me quit my bartending job in Salt Lake and extend my trip for another five weeks.” – Molly Baker
Old News is Good News
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- The Traveling Circus goes to Australia in “Chunder Down Under”
- Blister Gear Review goes Supernatural
- The Traveling Circus Remembers 2014
- Blister Gear Review “Best Of” Awards