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Line Prophet 100, Line Prophet 80, Line Chronic Blend

post #1 of 9
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Demo day stats: Loveland, 20 trails open, 3 skis demoed

Ski conditions: 2" of new snow 2 days earlier on top of some fairly hard stuff. Conditions became progressively worse through the course of the day with some boiler plate ice appearing in many places in the afternoon. Some small mogul fields could be found off chair 6. (per Noodler, I agree with his sumation)

My specs: 5’ 8", 250lbs, 28 y/o male, PSIA Level III + PSIA-E Freestyle Acc (I don't really ski like and instructor when I don't have to ), I'll ski anything in bounds and most OB terrain

My Demo experience: Countless demos over the past years.

My current gear: Krypton Pro's and as many on here might remember, I'm a big fan of K2 PE's and the entire freeride line as well as Fischer rx8's.

My ski preferences: Personally, my preferences vary depending on what the ski is for (teaching, racing, all-mountain, back country, park/pipe, whatever), however I believe that a ski, no matter what it is designed for should exceed its original design and perform at all speeds and in all conditions. Similar to Noodler and his reviews/descriptions, I too do not like skis that are typically refered to as light.

My demo day goals: Have fun and demo the Line lineup, since often times twin-tips are hard to demo becuase of people putting them on rails.


Skis are listed in order tested:

Line Prophet 80 (176cm, 18.6m radius, 117-80-105)
Had an issue with the tune, no edge grip - even on a set edge traverse. Felt phenomenal in the patches of softer snow that I could find. Very easy turning and stable at speed (other than the edge hold). Felt like a very nice, almost supple flex to it, soft and easy flex, but predicatable and not really over powered. Never complained about turning radius, or speed.

Line Prophet 100 (179cm, 17.2m radius, 133.5-100-124.5)
Surprise of the day. I LOVED this ski. Skied very well for 100mm under foot. It had a similar agreeable flex to the 80, but better edges which helped it shine a bit more. Had no problems in the bumps either and would zip line and actually carve lines in the bumps. This ski surprised me with its speed edge to edge while turning as well as its predictability on variable snow conditions. Honestly, this demo made me want to buy em.

Line Chronic Blend (179cm, 17.7m radius, 125-90-113)
VERY lively ski. Also felt a little off in the edges but much more rebound from turn to turn than the Prophet 80. Both the Chronic Blend and the Prohpet 80 skied very well all mountain and bumps, I felt the Chronic Blend might be a little more park suited, especially with the livelier feel. I agreed with the description of the Chronic Blend being similar to the Prophet 90, but more "caffinated" (as compared to both the 80 and 100). Personally, I think in deeper snow or at higher speeds this ski might be over powered, but feels like it would be a great ski in the park and out so long as speed and terrain didn't interfere.

Final Comments:
Having my trusty 179 PE's (05/06 - same construction as new ones, just diferent topsheet) with me, and having been on them already, I knew my skis were not detuned enough (I detune my own skis, I feel shop over detune equipment). Furthermore, the PE's do tend to be somewhat stiff, both tortionally and longitudinally and a great all-mountain twin. I would definately say that the PE's are stiffer than the Line's, and I must admit that I would prefer the PE's to the 80's or Chronic Blend. However, the Prophet 100 was the surprise here. I have both 179 Pistols and 189 Viscious and both skis, while great in the soft stuff, definately can irritate my knees on the hard pack (torsionally stiff which helps edge grip, but with bad knees, that torsional rigidity can mean a lot of pain from the ski wanting to flatten out). In the case of the Prophet 100, I feel that it was the softer torsional flex that made this ski shine, there was enough for good edge grip, but not so much that it felt like it was torque-ing my knee.

Noodler, I hope you don't mind me stealing your format for this.
post #2 of 9
Nicely done, manus, thanks for doing that...

Did you get them into the park/pipe at all?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
no, I'm not a huge fan of rails (prefer boxes) and there were no jumps set up. The only air I caught was little bits here and there from terrain and they just felt smooth. Nothing really to comment on, however, I would love to give em a rip in some true pow and in the park.

The only thing park/pipe related would be that the all were VERY smooth on flat spins and all skied switch very smoothly.

I know the rep at Loveland mentioned thye should be here in Steamboat in about a month, but with our opening day scheduled for the 22nd, who knows what we'll have open when they are here.
post #4 of 9
Nice reviews... You don't see the Lines reviewed very often. Or even offered for demo. Most people think of them strictly as a park ski.
post #5 of 9
Interesting that you liked the 100 which is the lightest of the Prophet skis. Where was your boot set up relative to the midsole mark on these models? Was it the same as your set up on the PE's?

post #6 of 9
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I would assume they were mounted at recomended point with demo plates. I did guess the 80, 90, and 100 all have metal in them, however the 130 does not. Also, in terms of weight and location compared to my PE's, I run race stock Marker 1800's (steel heel - all metal race stock) mounted +3 on my PE's. The mount location felt about the same, nothing major (as I have felt before demoing other twin tips).
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by wizard View Post
Nice reviews... You don't see the Lines reviewed very often. Or even offered for demo. Most people think of them strictly as a park ski.
This is why I focused on the Line tent. And I know Line has been trying to make strides to produce more all-mountain and big-mountain twins, but unfortunatley given their background, even though many people now realize that twin-tips are not just park skis, Line has remained in people's minds as stricktly park.

BTW, I think the coolest picture I've seen in years was a 60ish year old lady skiing on the 03/04 PE, this was when many people would never consider a twin-tip because they were "park skis" and didn't readily give them a chance all-mountain (thankfully with the success of the PE, Karma, 1080, Mojo, and a couple other models, the general consumer market is realizing the potential for great all-mountain twins).
post #8 of 9

Prophet 80


Thanks for the reviews. Could you provide any further insight on the Prophet 80 tune on the ski you demoed? Was the ski not tuned properly? In other words, did you feel edge grip would have been okay with a better tune?

Again, thanks for the info.


post #9 of 9
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most likely the tune was just off on the particular ski. My brother also skied the 80 and thought the tune was better than his PE's (his edges were gone on them too though). My brother and I have totally different builds and body types but ski very similar and prefer the same equipment. He loved the 80, he was looking for a ski that would perform back east too and he said he definately was not ruling out the 80 (also lokoing into new PE's and Karma's but doesn't want to pay for Karmas).
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