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Thread Starter 
Love my 2012 Line SF Bacon 185. Only thing I think I would change is the centre mount part. There is a ton of tail. Any thought on a ski that is similar but more directional? I never ski switch. I am 6'2 and 215. Ski at Whistler in the resort. Like the steeps and taking the weird line off the edge of the run. Love to turn so not skiing super fast.
post #2 of 9

Did you check out the Line Prophet 98?  But at your height and weight a 191 cm Volkl Mantra would be worth trying.

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Originally Posted by MoreSkiing View Post

Love my 2012 Line SF Bacon 185. Only thing I think I would change is the centre mount part. There is a ton of tail. Any thought on a ski that is similar but more directional? I never ski switch. I am 6'2 and 215. Ski at Whistler in the resort. Like the steeps and taking the weird line off the edge of the run. Love to turn so not skiing super fast.


Hi More.  The ski that you are describing is the Line Sick Day 110.  I am not certain, but I'd bet that Line used nearly the same layup for the Sick Day series as the Bacon.  The snow feel is very similar, light and lively, but the Sick Day has a more directional shape and more traditional mount point.  Line basically built the ski you are asking for.  And it is orange with cool graphics (which I think is a plus).  At your size, 186 for sure.  Have fun this season.

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Originally Posted by Andy Carey View Post
 

Did you check out the Line Prophet 98?  But at your height and weight a 191 cm Volkl Mantra would be worth trying.


Jesus, do you even have a clue what the Bacon is like?

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Jesus, do you even have a clue what the Bacon is like?

Probably one of the most playful multidirectional skis there is; he loves them (I love the graphics and the graphics of its big brother MPO); he wants more directional; he seems to want more control, maybe more edge in the steeps (more directional); he likes to make turns and ski off the edge of the run (oftern chopped up and heavy crud on the WC); he skis at Whistler in the resort.  Doesn't seem to want to jump, smear, do 180s, 360s, ski backwards at high speeds (ever see the video of EP skiing the SFB at Meadows in Oregon--not what the OP says he wants to do!).  So, whats a good ski for a big guy (ever look at the weight-length recommendations for Line skis?--the heaviest they chart is 165 lbs--only 50 lbs less than the OP) who want good control, good edges, good turning, and some chopped up powder and crud skiing and fun?  The Prophet is listed as intentionally directional but maybe a little less burly than optimal for a guy his height and weight.  The Mantra is one of the skis favored by big guys and hated by many puny guys.  It can do everything the poster wants and comes in a size that fits his size.  So I tried to reply to his size, his favored style of skiing, and his favorite resort with a ski that I (at about his size) finds playful and easy to ski.  

post #6 of 9

OP should explain what he likes about the SFB, people can desire a jibby/playful ski that is a bit more directional. Myself included. Is it just not liking the mount point for the sake of not liking it, or is there a serious perfomance issue. Other than a 185 Line being a bit undersized for a guy his size.

 

If he is looking for similar properties, and the ski is just too small making it seem like a mount issue. The he may be interested in either the 190cm size SFB or a ski like the ON3P Jeffery that is similar in design, but with more backbone.

 

Lastly, a twin doesn't isn't just for skiing backwards, and doing tricks like Pollard. Those kind of skills aren't needed to enjoy a twin/tail rockered ski.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses.   I am back to skiing last season after taking a long time off to snowboard.  Loving it.   I haven't had a ton of time to demo different skis which would obviously be the better way to do it.  Just would rather be skiing than messing about with the demos. I did try a Prior ski last year.  It wasn't the ski for me.  I bet it would have been great at Mach 2. It just didn't feel alive at the speeds I am skiing.   As I mentioned I usually off the edge in and out of the trees and hopping off small drops.  I am not slow compared to the average folks on the mountain but wouldn't never use the word charging to describe how I ski.

 

The Bacon feels alive.  It feels like it wants to turn and then turn again.  It is just fun.  What I really don't like it is how long the tails are.  Maybe I should have mounted them further back but I didn't.  I will keep them so can always pull them out.   When I try and read the reviews on various skis I am struggling to put that into perspective.  Testers are often different sizes and probably much better skiers.    Reviews on the Blister site for Solomon Rocker 2 108 and the Line Sick Day 110 seem to describe a ski I like.   Some of the skis that have a bunch of metal do not.  

 

So probably something directional, 105+, turny, alive, and close to a Bacon in feel would be what I want.  If I can narrow it down to a couple I will try to demo and make the purchase.

 

Thanks!

post #8 of 9

Just mount the Bacons how ever you like them.  My primary ski partner is in your height/weight ballpark and skis Bacons.  He had them mounted on center for about 3 runs and had the same impression you are describing.  He had them re-mounted where he wanted them (further back) and has been loving them ever since. 

post #9 of 9
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Just a quick follow up. I really appreciate the responses. Really helped me figure out how to think about what I want. Found a great deal on last years Solomon Rocker 2 108 in 190. Having a great day on them at Whistler right now.
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