The LINE Sick Day 104: The Best Every Day Ski of 2017
The LINE Sick Day Series came to life in 2014, and man, what a season it had. From SKI Magazine, to Powder Magazine, to Blister Review — just about every ski test known to man, for that matter — loved the ski. It offered a playful, bouncing feel, forgiving flex, and enough power to put the pedal down and rip.
But with an aggressive taper shape, the ski was relegated in many ways to the soft stuff. True, the 92 and 102 ripped on hardpack, but the ski showed it’s true colors off the beaten path, and playing around in the soft or churned up snow. And, in the years that followed, the other brands caught up. The Sick Day Collection fell from the tip of the tongue, relegated to the second or third choice on the wall, for no reason other than the massive strides made by our competitors.
We also knew that we could make the ski better. We wanted to make the best everyday ski we could possibly make. And, according to just about anyone you ask, the LINE Sick Day 104 is just that.
So we went back to the drawing board, building from the ground up. Our design department sat with our crew of skiers and dreamed up a new ski. One that wouldn’t sacrifice hard snow performance yet wouldn’t dive in pow. One that would arc, blast, surf, and cut like nothing we’ve ever made before. We wanted to take the Sick Day, and make, it, well, more sick.
Starting with the attributes we liked — mainly seen on the Sick Day 102 — we retooled entirely. Tip shape, waist width, taper angle — it all got reworked. The devil is in the details, they say; and when you’ve got a couple of wizards running your development department, well, those details are all accounted for.
Still, there was something else, something that we needed to address: the weight. What if your inbounds skis were as light as your touring skis? What if, at the end of a sick pow day, your legs weren’t shot from lugging around a couple of cinderblocks on your feet?
Boom, enter the Aspen Core reinforced by Magic Finger Carbon Filaments™. Suddenly, this ultra-dialed shape was paired with a featherweight core and construction. With this totally new shape and core construction, the All-New Sick Day was born — and man, are we psyched.
But how do you know if you’ve truly got something good? You hit the road and push it on every mover and shaker with a laptop and direct line to a magazine’s editor. You pound the pavement, get shop employees on the ski, and above all, ski the dang thing day in and day out.
And that’s precisely what we did. From Freeskier to Blister, Powder to Backcountry, and a whole host of publications in Europe — if someone tests skis, we got them to put ours through the paces. And guess what? Everyone loved them. The Sick Day 104 stood out specifically, with many testers blown away by its agility and versatility.
The Sick Day 104 hits that sweet spot — across the board. The kind of ski you can roll up and track one minute and slarve powder turns the next. The ski you grab when it snows 12 inches or hasn’t seen a recent storm in three weeks. And for Ski Tests, versatility reigns supreme.
“Immediately, I could tell a significant difference in how well the new Sick Day held an edge at speed and delivered power throughout the turn. It even smoked through the chunder at the bottom of the highly variable Dictator Chutes at Big Sky.”
– Matt Hansen, Editor-At-Large, Powder
Pretty high praise for the “Blue Ski.” But it isn’t just Powder Magazine singing the praises of the Sick Day 104. Freeskier, Backcountry, and many other publications are digging this 104-waisted everyday ripper.
It might be because no other ski offers the lightweight, playful feel in a package that can track and rail on hardpack. Or it might be the stability at speed thanks to the Magic Finger Carbon Filaments™. Whatever it may be, at the end of the day, the ski rips, floats, and surfs across all conditions.
So head on over to your local shop, and pick up a pair of the Best Every Day Ski you can buy: the Sick Day 104. It’s time to embrace the strange and surf the white wave like never before.