Ability: Eight to Nine
Days/year: 40 to 80
Skis I’ve liked: Bonafide 187 (past favorite), Soul 7 (for backcountry), 186 JJs, MX88 in a 176 (often wish I went longer), Atomic Automatic 186, Movement Thunder 177, Movement Source (past favorite), Rossi B2 and B3, Rossi S4, Kastle RX National Team SL (first favorite).
Skis I didn't like: The 2008 Mantra seemed one-dimensional and submarined in pow. I didn’t click with the Elan Apex
Preferred skiing style: Off Piste mostly. I’m fairly hard charging for a 56-year-old guy. I enjoy bumps, steeps, chutes, groomers, and trees but I don’t do cliffs or big jumps.
Locations: Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Alta, Snowbird - 20 + days
Conditions: Soft packed, wind sift, groomed, powder, hard, chop – just about everything except continuous boilerplate and bottomless powder
Terrain: The whole mountain – bumps, trees, steeps, chutes, groomed.
Tune: I put a 2 degree bevel on these.
Caveat: Still recovering from rib injury during some of this period.
Summary of Test: The Supernatural 108 is hard charging and stable yet playful ski. I found these easy to use and I trusted them in most conditions and terrain from the first moment onward,. They impress as being a ski that gives back equally to the input. For me, it has been a ski that disappears on my feet. A substantial ski that does well in most conditions.
Details of Test:
Steeps: I had a lot of fun on the Supernatural’s in Delirium Dive in variable conditions. On one day, the Dive had snow that was the consistency of hard Styrofoam. The skis were able to bite into this snow well at the top of the chutes, and I felt comfortable and had fun in the somewhat dicey conditions. On another day, the conditions were variable, with one turn on hard, the next in wind effected powder, and the next in soft 8” deep powder. The Supernatural remained stable in this funky stuff, and I felt that the ski could handle whatever came next. My skiing has consistently felt fast and flowey in the steeps with these skis.
Powder: Other reviewers have mentioned that the Supernatural’s dive a bit in powder, but that was not my experience. I felt I could trust the Suprnatural’s while opening up the speed in the large bowls of Alta and Snowbird in 10 to 15 cm of powder. As the snow became deeper (30 cm +), for example on Fat Boy and Hayes Hill, the Supernatural’s were a joy to ski. They had great energy from turn to turn and negotiated trees smoothly.
Crud: I had a blast in Bye Bye Bowl with its wind-swept, chopped-up crud. The Supernatural’s cut through this type of snow when making large fast turns and had little deflection. Again, the skis felt quite stable yet playful. I felt just as comfortable when slowing it down and making shorter and quicker turns as I did cutting large GS turns.
Soft to medium hard Groomed: These skis carve quite well, perhaps a bit better than my Bones but not as well as the MX88 or a true carver. Provides nice energy at the end of the turn. Had a blast on the groomed run in Mineral Bowl skiing at mach speed. Lay these puppies over and stay forward on the skis, and you can rail.
Very Hard pack to ice: If I had to ski hard groomed runs all day, I’d prefer the MX88 or another carver over the Supernatural. The Supernatural holds on firm hard pack, but you need to work at it. On more boilerplate, the Supernaturals didn’t want to dig in, but not many wide skis would. Still felt sufficient control.
Bumps/Trees: Zippy but precise and mellow in trees. Lots of fun – playful at slower speeds, yet solid when the speed is turned up several notches. Not surprisingly, the Supernaturals were quick and agile on softer bumps. Not the best in icy choppy bumps.
COMMENT: It’s surprising that these skis have not gotten more press this year – really have not seen any of these in Canada or the US. Buyers for stores must have stayed away and stocked skies that might be easier to sell. Too bad for Line.