This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
You know, it's not every day that you see a swallow tail on anything other than a novelty powder board. And sticking one on the all-mountain Sakana, with its reasonably slim 105mm waist width, is certainly a bold statement from Line. But here's the thing: it works, it looks cool, and it throws up some sweet snow spray. When I rode the Sakana on firm, bumped-up steeps at Copper Mountain, I never felt like I was missing anything in the tail. On the contrary, what grabbed my attention the most was the massive 150mm-wide tip that made this thing want to turn and turn and turn. Super nimble and lively, the Sakana was a delight whether I was railing groomers or hunting for untracked lines in the trees. The tip will flap a bit at reckless speeds--but that's a fair trade-off for a ski this fun, versatile, and unique. Fair warning: people will ask you about the swallow tail in the lift line.
In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt M
Read our preview of 2021 Line skis
Line is a brand known for fun, playful skis (minus the Supernatural, of course). So for the 2020 Line skis release, they went all-in on a pair of new models that seem to exemplify the trending "lightweight freeride" category: the Vision 98 and Vision 108. They're light enough to be bonafide touring skis, but they profile as worthy freeride options too. With Triple Hybrid construction, they're Line's latest and greatest.
Read our review of the 2020 Line Vision 108
But wait. There's more. Eric Pollard releases a new ski for 2020 as well, to replace the Mordecai and the Magnum Opus: the Outline 117. It's built with convex base technology, which allows Line to lessen the early rise and tip rocker to increase edge grip and control ... Continue Reading
By: Matt M
We're not spoiled.
Powder7 staffers just try out current and popular skis every week, embark on company powder missions, crush sunny groomers en masse, and talk about skis for a living. We also go to an industry demo event every November at Loveland Ski Area to stay on top of our craft.
Ok, maybe we are spoiled. But our ski fever comes from a good place—we want to try as many products as we can in order to help you get on the right pair of skis.
So here are some of our favorites from last month's Loveland demo, just in time for you to blow through that holiday check from your mother-in-law.
Allegra: DPS Nina A99 Alchemist
Ski style: "I'm on skis, they're sliding me downhill, and I'm having a freaking blast. I'll ski anything except overcrowded cat ... Continue Reading
2020 Line Sakana Description:
When Line debuted the Sakana a year ago, it was the talk of ski tests everywhere. First, skiers hopped on the skis because they had to. The Sakana looked funny and different, so they figured they would try it once for laughs. Seriously, a 105mm ski with swallowtail and absurdly fat tips? LOL, what a hoot! But then, skiers kept skiing the Sakana. Because, well, they wanted to. Everyone knew the skis would be a blast in powder. With oversized, rockered-out tips and a split tail, that part was a no-brainer. But what they did not know was how well the Sakana would carve. With a mount point further back than usual and a notable sidecut, the Sakana absolutely rips on mixed and packed snow and down groomers. Who woulda thunk it? All of a sudden, these skis became a bonafide all-mountain option for powder- (and fun-) oriented skiers, especially in the West. Keep in mind: When we say the Sakana skis groomers well, we do not claim that those huge tips do not flop around a bit. They do. But somehow, when you ski the Sakana, you just dont care. Similar skis: nothing.
2020 Line Sakana Specs: