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Anyone have some miles on the Line Influence 105s?

post #1 of 11
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I think i have seen one review.

Anyone tried them?

post #2 of 11

Yes, I spent half a day and following that a whole weekend on a demo pair of them.

 

Last year I bought a Voelkl Tigershark 10FT in 161cm length. I am 176cm short and that was the first time I skied/owned a ski shorter than me.

The Tigershark is great for groomed, icy runs and if you lke to do lots of agrressive turns. Any softer snow, lumps, slush, powder and you got to pick your line well or at least line them up well to go through whatever's in your way.

 

This year I tried the Line Influence 105 in 179cm. And I was flying. I was faster, more controlled and my enjoyment went up at least 30%. What a difference. I feel that I can get away from the groomers and explore a bit more. At the same time I am comfortable on the groomed slopes and even the quicker, shorter turns work fine. This is one great ski! I think I found my all-in-one ski!

 

I bought a pair of them in 179cm length with a Marker Tour F12 binding. They are waiting at shop for me to pick up - can't wait.

post #3 of 11

I too bought a pair of the Line Influence 105's in 179cm! I really love these skis. I was skiing Salomon Czars in 174cm for my off piste skis, and finally figured out that I really prefer a more traditional sidecut ski.  I took note of the 105's when I was comparing sidecut dimensions on a bunch of different skis. I have a pair of Voile Insanes in 172cm that I really love, set up with Dynafit bindings for my touring skis. The sidecut dimensions for the 105's and the Insane's are similar, the 105's are just a little wider overall, and a little longer turn radius. Of course the 105's are a lot more beefy ski, (metal top and heavier) and really like to motor through cut up crud like nothing else I have skied. Think of a Volkl Mantra with a shorter turn radius on steroids. With the early rise tips and 141mm width in the tips I find that they keep me afloat in the deep better than the czars or the 181 Scott P-4's that I was skiing on last year (another really fun ski). The 105's are very capable of short turns too, as long as I stay forward and ski it like I mean it! If you like to make lots of turns and at the same time want a ski that will smooth out the lumps, then this ski will make you smile.

post #4 of 11

Can't wait to give mine a try, 178's getting them mounted up with a set of look pivots, will be ready this week.  Probably won't get on them till I head for Whistler in Dec.  I feel like a kid at Christmas!!!
 

post #5 of 11

Here's my take:   http://tinyurl.com/9lw25qe

 

 

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post #6 of 11

My daily driver last season.  Great all round ski, holds well on firm snow and great in the crud.
 

post #7 of 11

Got a pair this season in a 186cm.

 

5' 10" and a 190 lbs.  I can ski anything, ski pretty fast, and I turn a lot.  Live in Denver and ski all over CO and a little in UT and WY.  This is my daily driver/big mountain ski.

 

Quick edge to edge for the width and they carve really well in all snow conditions.  Light for a metal laminate ski.  Dampness and stability is just right in crud and rough snow.  Not exceptional or mind blowing at any one thing just really good at everything.  Very balanced and versatile ski with a big performance window, i.e., not just for experts.  If I could only take one ski on a resort skiing road trip and snow conditions and weather were a mystery I would take this ski.

 

Demoed the Prophet 98 which I thought was as good for its width as the 105 is at its width.  Went with the 105 for the extra width/float.  I think the Prophet and Influence series are very under-rated.

 

Extremely satisfied with my Influence 105's.

post #8 of 11

I guess I'll give my take on the Influence 105's just to counter the rave reviews already mentioned.  I tried them last year, and I just did not like them.  I demoed 10 or so skis, and ranked these 2nd from last.  To be fair, I was looking for a lighter-feeling and more playful ski, and these ain't that!  They felt heavy, and I thought they were so damp that they felt dead.  I didn't find them all that responsive, either.

 

Like I said, I was in search of a sports car...actually a sporty SUV is probably a better analogy...and these skis I felt were closer to a Hummer.  If you're looking for a heavy-feeling, burly ski, you may like 'em, though.  As with any ski, I would suggest trying them before buying them...if you can do that anyway.

post #9 of 11

WooHoo!!!  Took mine out today for the first time they were great.  Very damp solid feel and they were very predictable, liked to be pushed into higher speeds, lean on them and make great short radius turns or let them run out and make huge carving gs high speed turns, an unexpected surprise was how well they tracked on the ice.  The only minus I did find is they do not like to be skied at slower speeds, tight spots through the trees with tired legs is something I would not recommend. 
 

post #10 of 11

I am loving the new Influence, PNW heavy powder or chop they just plow through, they are great!  How is everyone else fairing??

post #11 of 11
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I too bought a pair of the Line Influence 105's in 179cm! I really love these skis. I was skiing Salomon Czars in 174cm for my off piste skis, and finally figured out that I really prefer a more traditional sidecut ski.  I took note of the 105's when I was comparing sidecut dimensions on a bunch of different skis. I have a pair of Voile Insanes in 172cm that I really love, set up with Dynafit bindings for my touring skis. The sidecut dimensions for the 105's and the Insane's are similar, the 105's are just a little wider overall, and a little longer turn radius. Of course the 105's are a lot more beefy ski, (metal top and heavier) and really like to motor through cut up crud like nothing else I have skied. Think of a Volkl Mantra with a shorter turn radius on steroids. With the early rise tips and 141mm width in the tips I find that they keep me afloat in the deep better than the czars or the 181 Scott P-4's that I was skiing on last year (another really fun ski). The 105's are very capable of short turns too, as long as I stay forward and ski it like I mean it! If you like to make lots of turns and at the same time want a ski that will smooth out the lumps, then this ski will make you smile.

 

This sums it up.  For me at least.

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