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Can't believe I'm the first to ask... Line Prophet 90s or 98s??

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I'm stuck guys.  Tahoe skier, 30 years, technically proficient expert but now 40 and down to 10-12 days/year (from 80 highschool through college) and though I still freaking rail, it's not a hard charge anymore.  I ski the easy hikes at Alpine (CB Big Bend, etc) and if its open Beaver and Estelle.  Like to go find the goods wherever they lay so need an all-rounder.  Do not ski on hard-snow days.  Ever.  But miss most of the pow days down here in Santa Cruz so it's usually chop/crud/mank/corn. Logic says the 98 is the deal for pow/crud and stability and yeah I get it, but the 90 rates higher in tests for forgiveness, grip and being nimble - all good stuff for threading chutes and laying down turns.  Don't want to end up on a plank that doesn't turn when the going gets tight. 

 

I'm coming off the last-gen Rossi B3 (which I really liked), so anything is going to be a huge improvement over 82mm. Have shopped Volkls, Blizzard, Rossi -- all their current crop rate really well but require a strong, energetic person to be on top of them and driving hard all day long and I'm 10 years past that now - I want to relax, flow and have fun.  6'2", 190 so it'll be a 187 in the 90 or 98.

 

I'd appreciate your opinions if you've ridden both.

 

Kind thanks,

Matt

post #2 of 7

For a Tahoe based skier that avoids hard snow days this is ez-squezzy. P-98 and don't look back.

 

SJ

post #3 of 7

98 for sure

post #4 of 7

I own the P-100's never wanted a skinnier ski.  I am your size, the slight rocker of the new ones would be helpful in the ski.  I am not an "expert", but the midpoint is pretty centered and went back a 1cm on the mount - a little more "easy" to ski in deeper than boot top snow.  IMHO & YMMV.  I still have them, when I can only take one pair - they are what I bring.  No brainer on the choice.  BTW - they will rail a turn on anything less than frozen, really.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks Jim, Nat and Pig - I appreciate your replies!  Haven't heard a single vote anywhere for the 90s outside of published tests, so will give the 98s a whirl this season.

post #6 of 7

BTW.....you won't need to mount the 98 back of the line as some have on the older 100. The 98 is more directional.

 

SJ

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Originally Posted by makakio View Post

I'm stuck guys.  Tahoe skier, 30 years, technically proficient expert but now 40 and down to 10-12 days/year (from 80 highschool through college) and though I still freaking rail, it's not a hard charge anymore.  I ski the easy hikes at Alpine (CB Big Bend, etc) and if its open Beaver and Estelle.  Like to go find the goods wherever they lay so need an all-rounder.  Do not ski on hard-snow days.  Ever.  But miss most of the pow days down here in Santa Cruz so it's usually chop/crud/mank/corn. Logic says the 98 is the deal for pow/crud and stability and yeah I get it, but the 90 rates higher in tests for forgiveness, grip and being nimble - all good stuff for threading chutes and laying down turns.  Don't want to end up on a plank that doesn't turn when the going gets tight. 

 

I'm coming off the last-gen Rossi B3 (which I really liked), so anything is going to be a huge improvement over 82mm. Have shopped Volkls, Blizzard, Rossi -- all their current crop rate really well but require a strong, energetic person to be on top of them and driving hard all day long and I'm 10 years past that now - I want to relax, flow and have fun.  6'2", 190 so it'll be a 187 in the 90 or 98.

 

I'd appreciate your opinions if you've ridden both.

 

Kind thanks,

Matt

I would say you're not really the first one to ask, because the P100 vs. P90 question has been asked to death. This is essentially the same question. The answer for someone in your situation has always been 100. Thus 98.

 

I'm willing to bet that the 98 is still 100, just with a less scary (to some) number, and all the changes that the line reps said would never happen.
 

 

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