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Line Prophet 90 for East Coast?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I had posted a thread a few days ago about what ski to buy for East Coast (Mostly Blue Mountain and places in NE Pennsylvania), and most of the skis I had previously thought would be ok for these types of areas were deemed too wide (100 waist), which I now understand. I started looking around for skis with good east coast reviews and the Prophet 90 came up a lot with tons of people saying it's perfect for these types of conditions in Pennsylvania and the East Coast. Also seems it is do able in powder if the need arises. Anyway, I like it, and I found a great package deal with bindings on the 2014 Prophet 90. After my last post I was looking towards the Blizzard Brahma, but the deal I found on the 2014 Prophet 90 I can't really beat. Of course, money is kinda tight. Think the Prophet is a good purchase for my area, or keep looking for a better deal on the Brahma?
Edited by Tifosi - 11/20/14 at 3:48am
post #2 of 18

I have never skied the Brahma, but can speak for the prophet 90.  It is an awesome ski.  It doesn't get a lot of love on epic, but you'll see plenty of good skiers on them in the east. 

 

It is a very versatile ski.  They will handle all but bullet proof ice and will do more than fine in the powder you will encounter in PA.  Just keep your edges sharp!

 

These are my take anywhere do anything ski. 

 

If you found a good deal, I wouldn't hesitate to buy, you won't be disappointed. 

post #3 of 18

The Brahma isn't that much better than the Prophet 90. If you've found a deal that works for your budget I suggest you lock that package down. I grew up skiing in the Northeast and remember with crystal clarity how awesome we all felt (my ski posse) when Salomon kicked out the Pocket Rocket. Finally a ski we could rip the groom and slay the pow with equal aplomb; and guess what, the space framed stick was 90mm under foot. People are in the strange habit of skiing on comically wide skis. I ski in the PNW and my "powder" ski is 104mm under foot. Sure, I see the merits of having a 117mm waisted ski in the quiver, but I'd rather keep my mountain bike pimped out than have a ski that I dig out of the closet 3 times a year……I digress. The Prophet 90 would be an awesome everyday driver for the Northeast. 

post #4 of 18


Don't get hung up on one ski as being the magic answer.  The Brahmas are a great ski, but so are the Prophet 90s.  In my experience waiting for a great deal on the perfect ski never seems to work out.  Line makes some excellent skis.  My wife's got some of the Line Celebrities, the women's version of the Prophet 90s and rips on the hardpack, bumps and crud on them.  If you found a good deal on the Lines I do not think you will be disappointed.

post #5 of 18

True

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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
 


Don't get hung up on one ski as being the magic answer.  The Brahmas are a great ski, but so are the Prophet 90s.  In my experience waiting for a great deal on the perfect ski never seems to work out.  Line makes some excellent skis.  My wife's got some of Line Celebrities, the women's version of the Prophet 90s and rips on the hardpack, bumps and crud on them.  If you found a good deal on the Lines I do not think you will be disappointed.

True that. And long before the K2 corporation gobbled them up and sent production to China, Line was a east coast based company……so you'd be giving a nod to your region…sorta. 

post #6 of 18

I've skied the one-size up siblings of both these skis recently (Line Prophet 100 and Blizzard Bonafide.) I own the Prophets and demo'd the Bonafides. 

 

In my opinion the Blizzards are a nicer carving ski. A bit more metal and a bit stiffer. The Prophets felt a bit more playful--maybe due to their slightly less-traditional mounting position (both skis mounted boot center, but that center point is further foward on my Prophets.) I like bumps more on the prophets. 

 

A big caveat though: my Prophets have ~60 days on them. The Blizzards were new. I can't say what the Prophets were like earlier in their life.

 

I say go for Prophets unless you're significantly heavier than your height would suggest (then the stiffer ski might be a better idea) or you're a very aggressive skier.

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
All sounds great. I am 5'8" and 175 -180lbs. Intermediate to advanced skiier.
post #8 of 18

Don't see a lot of Prophet 90's up here in NE, fair number of Brahmas. Demoed the Prophet once, nice but didn't quite do it for me. You don't say what you want to do with it; if this is for park, bumps, some soft snow, then the Prophet for sure at a great price. If more for hardpack and crud, not so sure...

post #9 of 18
I have been skiing the Prophet 90 the past 3 seasons and love them. I ski Greek most of the times and they are a great East Coast ski IMO.
There have been very few times that I have changed out for another ski, be it Narrower or wider.
I must agree with most the bones are to wide been there done that sold um
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well for me it'll be mostly for ripping around the whole mountain, bombing hills, carving, mostly at fairly quick speeds, in all kinds if conditions, crud, definitely including hardpack. It gets icy here in NE Pennsylvania as well. Powder would be the least.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking Prophets smile.gif
post #12 of 18

Hi there. The blue mountain is my "home" hill as well and prophet 90s are excellent there. Also skied prophets at killington, stowe, gore. Lines behave very stable on hard pack, do well on ice (considering the width), and fine in the trees, bumps, crud. Haven't skied them in any real powder though, and never took them to a park.  But so far I'd say Prophets are super versatile and should work on east coast snow nicely.

post #13 of 18

Well, I've been skiing my Line Prophet 90s around the northeast (mostly New Hampshire and the Catskills) for the past 5 years, and they've served me very well. Groomers, hardpack, the occasional New England powder day (~4-10") - they've been very versatile, as far as I'm concerned. (I'm not much of a park skier at all, so I can't say much there.) 

There have been a couple super cold and-icy days at Hunter where I slid and skid around a bit more than I'd like, but I probably would have done that on most skis anyway.  

 

I've got the reverse question. As a high-intermediate northeastern skier about to make his first journey west in a couple months (Taos in March), am I taking the right ski? Hoping the answer's yes, since that's all I've got. 

post #14 of 18
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Well, I've been skiing my Line Prophet 90s around the northeast (mostly New Hampshire and the Catskills) for the past 5 years, and they've served me very well. Groomers, hardpack, the occasional New England powder day (~4-10") - they've been very versatile, as far as I'm concerned. (I'm not much of a park skier at all, so I can't say much there.) 

There have been a couple super cold and-icy days at Hunter where I slid and skid around a bit more than I'd like, but I probably would have done that on most skis anyway.  

 

I've got the reverse question. As a high-intermediate northeastern skier about to make his first journey west in a couple months (Taos in March), am I taking the right ski? Hoping the answer's yes, since that's all I've got. 

Leave your Prophet 90s home. Travel to Taos with your boots and demo something appropriate for the conditions you're handed.

post #15 of 18
The p90 isn't appropriate for Taos? Now I've heard it all. Unless your looking at deep powder, the p90 is a capable ski for any mountain out west. You can ski them in powder too, but I don't personally like driving a stiff, narrow ski through soft snow.
Edited by clink83 - 1/16/15 at 11:38am
post #16 of 18
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The p90 isn't appropriate for Taos? Now I've heard it all. Unless your looking at deep powder, the p90 is a capable ski for any mountain out west. You can ski them in powder too, but I don't personally like driving a stiff, narrow ski through soft snow.

Clink, nowhere in my two sentence response did I infer that the Prophet 90 is inappropriate for Taos. Why don't you scroll up a bit and discover my opinion of the ski. So Inclined is going on vacation in a land far, far away from his stomping grounds. Flying with skis is expensive and a pain in the ass. Traveling with boots and demoing the perfect ski for the condition would be the way I'd play it.

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by ShopGimp View Post
 

Clink, nowhere in my two sentence response did I infer that the Prophet 90 is inappropriate for Taos. Why don't you scroll up a bit and discover my opinion of the ski. So Inclined is going on vacation in a land far, far away from his stomping grounds. Flying with skis is expensive and a pain in the ass. Traveling with boots and demoing the perfect ski for the condition would be the way I'd play it.

 

In most travel situations you'd be right on about the cost of flying cross-country with skis. But I'm actually taking the train out there, so I won't have that particular issue. Planning on FedExing them back at the end of the week and flying home. That's the plan at this moment, anyway.

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by ShopGimp View Post

Clink, nowhere in my two sentence response did I infer that the Prophet 90 is inappropriate for Taos. Why don't you scroll up a bit and discover my opinion of the ski. So Inclined is going on vacation in a land far, far away from his stomping grounds. Flying with skis is expensive and a pain in the ass. Traveling with boots and demoing the perfect ski for the condition would be the way I'd play it.

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