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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I know these have been discussed a little bit here from time to time, but does anyone have feedback on the durability, build quality, and overall feel of Line Skis? My girlfriend is looking at getting a pair of twins and is considering the new Line Shadow coming out (pretty much a female version of the Chronic).

Additionally, I have an unmounted pair of 04-05 K2 Public Enemies and could probably sell them at profit and pick up a pair of something new for this year (the Line Assassin MTXs are particularly interesting).

I know their bindings appear to have a lot of issues, and would probably mount a Rossi or Look, but am pretty clueless on the skis. And just for the record, these skis for both of us would probably be about 25 to 50% park with the remainder primarily bumps, glades, and ungroomed in the east... I ski a RX8 in 165, and she has a 6 Star in 154 as our current boards...

-Craig
post #2 of 21
I've been on a fair amount of Line's past and new sticks. I have mixed feelings depending on the ski, but overall, I find them to be quite nice. In terms of durability, Lines will hold up very well. I skied a pair of Chronics HARD for a while last season and they held up great. In terms of the feel of Line sticks, again it depends on the ski, but of those that I've been on, my general consensus is that I enjoy the feel underfoot. As many of them are park-oriented, they feel quite 'poppy' and lively.

As for the Reactors, I would personally stay away from them. The quickmount system is sweet if you have mulitple pairs of Lines, but otherwise unnecessary. If you have a chance to demo them, give it a whirl as I know some people that love them, but otherwise, just stick to the Looks/Rossis.

Ok, now for what I would recommend you look into:

Before your wife grabs a pair of Shadows, try to demo. Going from her current 6 star to the Shadow is a huge change, namely due to the difference in flex. The Shadow is a women's specific park ski, so it's going to be much softer and more forgiving than the 6*. She may welcome this change, but it would suck for here to get them and then realize they feel way too unstable for her.

As for you, Line isn't making the MTX any longer, but you may be able to find a new pair on clearance somewhere. However, also look into the Prophet 80, which is a great all-mtn/bump ski, but is still a twin, so it's capable of handling the park. Also, consider the Chronic, which is a bit more park-oriented than the Prophet line, so it's a bit more poppy and slightly softer.

Hope some of this helps. Basically, as you live on the EC, it's probably better to stick with something a bit stiffer to provide better grip. But, it all comes down to preference, so if you can, demo demo demo.
post #3 of 21
I was checking out some lines with the Reactor bindings the other day. Neat idea, but good god...those could possibly be the heaviest boards I've ever seen. I can't imagine wanting that set up and having to throw that much heft around in the park.
post #4 of 21
i have an older pair of line back-country style snow blades/skis (they are kinda between skis and blades - real short, but extremely wide). they have done really well for me. i have taken them out on some local hills, just cruising through the woods, and they have held up. based on my limited experience with them, i would recommend them to anyone.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Taylormatt
I was checking out some lines with the Reactor bindings the other day. Neat idea, but good god...those could possibly be the heaviest boards I've ever seen. I can't imagine wanting that set up and having to throw that much heft around in the park.
The Reactors feel heavy when carrying them around, but all the weight ends up being underfoot, so when you're actually riding, the weight isn't a problem. It's the feeling of the binders and the durability of them that I'm not a fan of.
post #6 of 21
I was pissed that Line bailed on a few demo days I went to last year because I really wanted to try the Chronic.

I have 1080s but sometimes they feel too soft and all over the place for me.

The Chronics seem pretty stiff compared to most twins.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
[quote=Vicious
Ok, now for what I would recommend you look into:

Before your wife grabs a pair of Shadows, try to demo. Going from her current 6 star to the Shadow is a huge change, namely due to the difference in flex. The Shadow is a women's specific park ski, so it's going to be much softer and more forgiving than the 6*. She may welcome this change, but it would suck for here to get them and then realize they feel way too unstable for her.

As for you, Line isn't making the MTX any longer, but you may be able to find a new pair on clearance somewhere. However, also look into the Prophet 80, which is a great all-mtn/bump ski, but is still a twin, so it's capable of handling the park. Also, consider the Chronic, which is a bit more park-oriented than the Prophet line, so it's a bit more poppy and slightly softer.

Hope some of this helps. Basically, as you live on the EC, it's probably better to stick with something a bit stiffer to provide better grip. But, it all comes down to preference, so if you can, demo demo demo.[/QUOTE]

Vicious,

Thanks for the reply. She actually is looking for a ski that is more soft and flexing than her 6 Star. Her take on things pretty much is if she wants to ski mach one on groomers and on typical light snow days here (we get a lot of days with 3 to 6 inches of fresh from lake effect), she can use the Volkls. Her knees aren't the greatest in the world though, and she finds the 6 Stars too stiff to really want to run them through moguls and such at this point. Plus, they hit pretty hard on landings if you get any air on them. She's also looking for something with more floatation for glades and such...

That's also news to me about the Line MTX being out of production. They haven't updated their website for the 2005-2006 season yet, so it's a little bit hard to find out just what is actually out there. Do you have any experience with the K2 Public Enemy? I've heard some things about the top sheet chipping and delaminating, and could probably sell them on eBay (or here) at pretty much no loss before having them mounted if something else came up...

-Craig
post #8 of 21
The Shadow sounds like a good choice for the wife then. It'll feel much more forgiving to her. I don't know the dimensions off the top of my head, but I'm guessing the Shadow will be wider than her 6*, which accompanied by the softer flex, will float her much better in the glades and when you find some fluffy stuff.

You're right, Line has not updated their site with 05/06 sticks yet...it's about time. Anyway, the Prophet 80 is basically the replacement for the MTX. As for the Public Enemy's, I'd suggest selling your 04/05's and picking up a pair of the 05/06's. I had a pair for a while at the end of last season and the new PE's are a bit stiffer and have a tad more width to them. If I was a one ski quiver kind of guy, the new PE would be one of my options. It's a great stick.
post #9 of 21
You ski Greek Peak? I loved that mountain when I lived out there.

Best,
Chris

PS If you need a pair of Lines cheap, PM me.
post #10 of 21
I am looking at those same skis for my daughter, or possibly the celebrity or even the celebrity mini since she is 10. She weighs about 100 pounds though and skis hard.

Alfonse
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bohemian
You ski Greek Peak? I loved that mountain when I lived out there.

Best,
Chris

PS If you need a pair of Lines cheap, PM me.
Chris,

Yep, Greek Peak is my home mountain pretty much. I'm slogging through a doctorate at Cornell University so I still qualify for the student season pass (can't beat it at $129). It's not the greatest mountain, and I'd love it if they had at least one lift that could get you up a bit quicker, but it is still a good bit of fun to ski at, especially when the snow is good.

I'll also be sending you a PM .

-Craig
post #12 of 21
What Ph.D.. I am considering going there for my Ph.D. in philosophy, if I go that route.

I LOVE Greek Peak. I think it's the best mountain in New York. Just my opinion.

Best,
Chris
post #13 of 21
This is my first post. I demoed about 5 pairs of line skis last year and they all skiied great but i went with the 06 head mojo 90's. The mothership flite and the assasin are great skis. Line is coming out with a lot of women's skis this year so you may want to wait until they release their product in mid october. I saw the new catalog this spring and there are around 5 skis geared towards women. I would not recommend their bindings, they are one of the reasons I broke my femur earlier this year, but they are supposed to fix the glitches this year with the toe piece.
post #14 of 21
Ouch Broken Femur=full budy cast. I am finishing up healing from a broken clavicle and I thought that was bad.

ALfonse
post #15 of 21
My GF skies the line fx7.3 and likes it alot. I want to demo the mothership!
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Chris,

I'm in Materials Science and Engineering (yep, about as diametrically opposed to philosophy as you can be, hehe). Just curious, what about Greek are you exactly in love with ?

It's not a bad little place, and god knows I have had a better time skiing there than some of the bigger places in the Catskills on some days, but I'd have to give Gore Mountain my best in New York rating I think (I haven't skied White Face however). Greek is going in some of the wrong directions lately however I feel. Prices are way too high for what it is, and they are spending money on the wrong improvements I think...

-Craig

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bohemian
What Ph.D.. I am considering going there for my Ph.D. in philosophy, if I go that route.

I LOVE Greek Peak. I think it's the best mountain in New York. Just my opinion.

Best,
Chris
post #17 of 21
Best post on line skis that I have seen to date. Thanks all!

Can anyone comment on the Line assassins - which is there all mtn / freeride skis?

Basically, I want to buy these for my 14 y.o. son. Last year was his first year on the slopes, and he is at a strong intermediate level. Why these, out of all the great skis on the market? Well, the image/graphics appeals to him and he wants to get into park/pipe stuff when he improves. I will be staying away from their bindings. We will be skiing tahoe and pacific northwest. Any advice or comments are appreciated.
post #18 of 21
their bindings are actually pretty good, however, heavy when carrying, and shouldn't be that noticible on snow (as Viscious pointed out). The Reactor is still evolving though, and although many problems have been worked out, not all of them have (but give Line some credit, they definately stand behind their products).
post #19 of 21
Line's warranty is one of the best in the biz, not matter what happens in that first year(sometimes longer) they will replace the skis no questions asks. With that said the chronics are probably one of the stiffest all mountian twins out there. I have skied the chronics before and was very impressed with them, really easy to ski,but still was hauling ass though the crud that was around that day. I liked the feel of the new binding, kinda of hard to get for and aft pressure but made the ski, ski very nice, you do noy notice the weight while skiing.
post #20 of 21
Has anyone skiied the Line Prophet 100 at all? That and the new Seth Vicious seem to be the only big skis on sale in the UK for this season.:
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by mojo90
This is my first post. .
Welcome! Hope that leg is up and running and don't make it your last post!

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