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 McDonald
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 without sacrificing powder ... Continue Reading
By: Matt McDonald
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
2019 Line Sakana Description:
New for 2019, Line introduces a little brother to the much-loved Pescado, a fat, swallow-tailed, powder-surfing dreamboat. The Sakana carves out new territory: it brings oversized tips and that swallow tail into the versatile mid-fat class at 105mm underfoot. With that super-versatile waist width and more pronounced sidecut than the Pescado, the Sakana skis surprisingly well on harder snow, and it's fun and quick to carve. Don't get carried away, though. Those 150mm tips get a bit floppy in variable conditions. It's a tradeoff for a ski that's crazy poppy and smooth as butter. The recommended mount point on the Sakana is further back than you're probably used to. Why? The front of the skis is left to do its thing: float float float. Powder-loving all-mountain rippers will love the new and fun experience the Sakana serves up.
2019 Line Sakana Specs: