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New Skis What to get - Looking at Line Prophet 90 or Chronic

post #1 of 13
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So this has probably been asked a million times yet every review and post I read hasn't helped me a whole lot. 

 

I'm looking at gettting a new pair of skis and I've been looking at the Line Prophet 90's or the Line Chronic.

 

I live in the east and around here it's all hardpack and ice for the most part but I only ski here 5-6 days a year and the rest of the year I'm out west skiing (maybe 30 days a year) in BC.

 

I mostly ski moguls, trees, steeps and backcountry when I can with a few groomers thrown in of course.  I'm an advanced skier (20 years), ski anything and everything in any conditions.  I'm 6'2" and 220 lbs.

 

I've currently been using some older skis (2002 Rossignol Rebel Freeride XX and B2's) but they've come to the end of their lives. 

 

I'm usually not about pure speed but would like a ski that doesn't turn into a noodle when you start moving on those occasions when I feel the need and something that can still turn on groomed runs but still gives a bit of flotation when you get into some snow and chop.

I was leaning towards the Prophet's but I'm worried they'll be too stiff and the Chronic's might be better.

 

Used to be all about park jumps but now stick to natural terrain for playing and getting a little air. 

 

Anyone have an opinion or experience with these two skis that could help?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 13

Welcome to EpicSki!  Do you have a favorite place out in BC?  I haven't had a chance to get out there yet.

 

Have you demo'd any skis lately?

post #3 of 13
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Typically I'm skiing Fernie, Kimberly and Kicking Horse.  Every now and then I get to Red Mountain in Rossland and Whitewater in Nelson.

 

Unfortunately, in my home town the only demos are GS type and carving type skis and nothing that I'm interested in.  When I'm out west it's rare that I have the opportunity to demo anything.  So I haven't tried anything new in about 5 years.

 

post #4 of 13

no time on the chronics but i do own a pair of prophet 90s.  For comparison im 5'11 230lbs and like the exact same terrain as you.  

 

I find them lively and responsive.  I do not think you would find them stiff at all.  It is a very happily versatile ski, from bumps to pow to groomers. it works.  Not saying its the best ski in the world but for how you described your winter i think its the better choice. 

post #5 of 13
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Thanks smallfry. 

 

I was leaning towards the prophets but some say they aren't responsive in the bumps so it's good to hear someone similiar to my size with some experience on them.

 

I'm still curious about the chronics and trying to find someone similiar to me in stature to see what they have to say about them.

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post #7 of 13
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Cool.  Thanks for all the info on the prophets. 

 

Any opinion going with the prophet 98's vs. prophet 90's?

post #8 of 13
i ski the northeast 20 or so days a year. just bought the prophet 90's after testing wateas, mantras, and vollkl rtm 80's. liked the 90 waste on the hard stuff. a good meet in the middle ski. coming off of stockli lasers with 66 underfoot. 98''s will be better in powder. guys on the chairlift i've talked to love them and have no problem on ice and crud. i'm 5'9" 170 lbs. went with a 179. you'll be happy on either. all the skis mentioned above were fun to ski on i wanted something as solid in the crud as a gs ski but that floated in the pow.
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i ski the northeast 20 or so days a year. just bought the prophet 90's after testing wateas, mantras, and vollkl rtm 80's. liked the 90 waste on the hard stuff. a good meet in the middle ski. coming off of stockli lasers with 66 underfoot. 98''s will be better in powder. guys on the chairlift i've talked to love them and have no problem on ice and crud. i'm 5'9" 170 lbs. went with a 179. you'll be happy on either. all the skis mentioned above were fun to ski on i wanted something as solid in the crud as a gs ski but that floated in the pow.

Did you demo both the LP90's and 98's?  If so, how would you compare the two, and what ultimately caused you to pull the trigger on the 90's?  I am in similar situation, am deciding between the Prophets, Kendos, and possibly waiting for the Blizzard Brahmas.  I'm 6', 170 lbs.  My biggest concern about the Prophets is how they'll handle the north east hard/icy stuff.  The Kendos handle the hard stuff well, but they're a little still, especially in tail, and weren't as good in the trees and bumps compared to the Prophets, but I was only able to demo the Prophet 98's.

post #10 of 13
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I ended up buying the Prophet 98's with Marker Jester Pro bindings and I love them.

 

I took them out west and was skiing Fernie and Kimberley on everything from hardpack to powder, groomers to tree runs and they performed excellent.  Definitely my favorite ski I've ever been on.

 

I also used them around my area (Northwestern Ontario and Northern Minnesota) and all we have here is man made snow and it's all bulletproof.  They still perform well on this type of snow but on pure ice (the good old man made yellow stuff) they require some force to get an edge.  I'm 6'2" and about 220lbs right now so I got some weight to dig in the edge when I need too.

 

I was concerned about using them on hardpack and the icy stuff but I was surprised by how well they performed.  I put my carvers away and run these only now.

 

Hope that helps you a bit. 

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pure ice (the good old man made yellow stuff)

 

  uh, what do you guys use for liquid up there? 

post #12 of 13
i didn't demo the 98. coming off of a gs i wanted something i bit quicker in the turn. the rtm 80 was nice and quick but but not enough float underneath. the 100s i tried felt too wide. personal preference. i ended up in the 90. you'll be happy with either the 90 or 98.
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uh, what do you guys use for liquid up there? 

 

Lol.  The hills use water out of holding ponds that are generally pretty brown from leaves etc. sitting in the water.  Basically, swamp water.  So the snow gets a little yellow tint to it.

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