Pros: Stable at speed, great float, extremely versatile
Cons: May ski a bit short
First some vital stats about the skier: I am 5′10″, about 160lbs, age 24, and I have the 179s. They are mounted with Salomon Z12s (soon to be Marker Griffons) on the recommended line.
Dimensions: Tip: 133 Waist: 100 Tail: 124
I have been skiing since I was roughly 9 or 10 years old, and I can now ski just about anything on the mountain. My focus has definitely shifted toward the big mountain recently, primarily because of these sks.
After a great deal of research, I purchased the Line Prophet 100s last winter as mostly a powder ski. My widest ski up to that point was a pair of 78mm waist Atomic Tweaks, so 100mm under foot looked pretty huge to my eye. However, as I have begun to use the Prophets in more and more conditions, they have basically become my go-to ski for almost any condition. Here are some specifics:
Big mountain/Bowls/Powder/etc: The Prophets are an absolute blast here. They are stable at speed and they have great float in fresh powder. I had never been on a ski that floats this well, and they pretty much changed my life regarding the fresh stuff. They are also very nimble when it gets tight with rocks/trees or any other obstacles. Yet their low weight doesn’t seem to sacrifice any crud-busting ability, and variable high-altitude conditions still don’t stand a chance against these skis. They seem to have a perfect flex as well as soft enough to do well in powder and stay lively, yet stiff enough not to have any chatter at speed.
Groomers: This is where the Prophets really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much carving ability from a 100mm ski, but to be honest these things kill it on piste as well. They are decently quick edge to edge, and once they’re on edge they hold on like a champ. Big fast gs turn on these are easy and loads of fun. However, it is on piste where you may encounter the Prophet’s one con that I can find: ice. While the skis have great hold on groomed snow, when ice gets uncovered they definitely start to slip out. However, most of the time these conditions are pretty easy to avoid, and if there is any snow on the ground the Prophets are absolutely fine.
Other: Actually perform relatively well in the park (or at least on the jumps... its actually great landing on a 100mm waist ski) and I know they are stable in the air on BC kickers as well. I have no desire to ever take these on rails, and they’re really not designed for park anyway. One other note is that the Prophets do handle switch very well, but for some reason it took me a little bit longer to get used to them switch than narrower twins.
Build quality/Design: These skis seem pretty much bombproof so far. The top sheets still look practically brand new, and the bases have handled some pretty sketchy conditions without any noticeable damage. I am also a big fan of the graphics (bamboo design for 06/07s), but of course that’s just personal preference.
Conclusion: This is easily the most fun ski I have ever owned, and also one of the most versatile. The ability of this ski to bring a smile to your face is practically unmatched as far as I can tell, and from reading other reviews I think the general consensus would agree. If you are at all considering getting these skis, go for it. You won’t be disappointed.