or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › '08 Line Profit 90 v '08 Line Blend?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

'08 Line Profit 90 v '08 Line Blend?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I recently joined EpicSki and have been reading reviews for all kinds of skis, which I have found invaluable. Specifically I have been intregued by the Profit 90s, but I have not been able to find one to demo (I can find the 100s). I did however jump on the Line Blends yesterday at Breckenridge and absolutely loved them; they skied crud, powder, moguls... loved it all. The Blend's dimensions seem to be identical to the 90s (am I missing something?), so can someone please tell me how I might notice the difference between the 90's metal matrix/maple core v the Blend's carbon matrix/poplar core? If I loved the Blends would I love the 90's even more?

Thanks!

Background: 37 yr old, skied for 26 years now (2-3 weeks/yr), love powder and moguls, but hit the groomers with the fam, pretty aggresive skier, recently moved to Denver, trying to replace some (ancient) Salomons S2s (190cm).

ps - anybody know why Line discontinued the Profit 80?
post #2 of 15
I haven't skied the Blend, but I own the Prophet 90. I love the P90 for a do it all ski. I think the major difference that you will notice is the stiffness, with the P90 being the stiffer of the two. Also the Blend is more of a freestyle all-mountain ski, so it has a more centered mounting point. The P90 has a more all mountain mounting point. Hope that helps.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

I wondered about the mount position. I questioned the guy at the shop but he said it was the same. I was thinking about mounting a railflex binding on what ever ski I get so I can experiment with position over the ski (http://www.evogear.com/outlet/skis/h...used-2007.aspx). Anyway, the shop guy’s comment on the differences was that the Profit 90 would be "heavier” and “clunkier." I didn't find this helpful. I did wonder though about the weight and flexibility between the metal and the carbon.

I am really leaning toward the 90s, I guess I just need to decide what length.

Thanks
post #4 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by skisw/scissors View Post
ps - anybody know why Line discontinued the Profit 80?
I ski on and really like the Prophet 80. The only reason I can come up with as to why they didn't include it this year is that most people think 80mm is too skinny for an all mountain ski, which I guess is what they are going for with the Prophets.

As far as the Blend v. Prophet question goes, my thought would be this: if you spend more time off piste, in moguls, in crud, etc., and you are set on Line, go for the P90. If you spend more time in the park or jumping in general, consider the Blend. The only other factor would be your weight. Unless you are terribly light, go with the P90.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
I do the occasional jump (hop?) on runs, not in the park. I'm also a heavy guy (180lbs) for my height (5'5") - my last physical the doctor asked if I was made of lead. My initial thought was that the 80 would be more my speed (evogear has some of last year’s P80s for sale) as I have never skied on a shaped or “fat” ski until, well yesterday. Now I am not afraid of the 90mm waist, so I think that the P90 is where I am headed. I had also considered the Monster I.M. 88 based on reviews, but like the P90 I can’t find anyone that has it for demo.

I appreciate the feedback.
post #6 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by ut_hucker View Post
Also the Blend is more of a freestyle all-mountain ski, so it has a more centered mounting point. The P90 has a more all mountain mounting point. Hope that helps.
I have owned both the Prophet 90 and Blend (the o6/07 models), and the mount point is in exactly the same place.

The only difference between the 2 is that the Prophet has a metal matrix in the ski, which makes it stiffer, and the Blend has carbon, which makes it poppier.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Opps! Prophet not Profit!

That's what I get for trying to read/post while "working."
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Skibomb, thanks for the info; I have noticed on another thread you make the comment about not buying Lines any more (Warranty issues). I guess two questions, did you like the P90s and if so but you are not skiing Line any more, do you recommend something similar to the P90? Thanks
post #9 of 15
That original comment came from talking to a shop owner who had seen a large percentage of their Line skis be returned for warranty issues, after which they decided no longer to stock them because it just wasnt worth their while. This was the 05/06 season by the way, when Line were still doing Reaktor inserts in their skis.

I haven't had that much time on the Prophets yet, but so far I like them. I got such a good deal on them (less than 30% retail) that I would've gotten them either way, even if I had been suspicious of the build quality. Build quality issues in the past years seem to have mainly affected the park-specific cheaper skis like the Invaders.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Cool, thanks skibomb for the clarification. I think that I am ordering them and hitting the slopes this weekend!

Ski on,
Andrew
post #11 of 15
I have been on LINE skis for ~4 seasons and have had good luck, even still have a functional pair of reactors!

My first LINES were the original Eric Pollard Pro model (not the huge rocker of late). constructed of maple (like the P90) with carbon band (like blend), and 89 waist, so again almost an in-between of the skis you are looking at. I have nothing bad to say about these skis, and they lasted almost 200 days without durability issues (except cosmetic topsheet chips on the tips).

I am a larger skier 200lb 6' (Littleton CO, and also named Andrew )
if I were faced with your decision, I would go with the P90, have heard nothing but great things about the prophet line.

I also own 184 Mothership TIs from the reactor era that are mounted with r12s they have a full titanium topsheet over the maple core, makes for a very damp ski. the P90 uses metal more sparingly, especially in the tips and tails which should give it better feel and lighter (swing)weight than my Mships.

maybe we could hit the slopes sometime and compare!
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
EVC CO, I’ve been meaning to respond – thanks for the info. After reading your response I finally pulled the trigger and ordered. They were shipped yesterday and I should get tomorrow or Saturday! :

I would love to hit the slopes and compare the skis sometime; and even though I have skied for a long time I am a recent transplant to Colorado and would love some local knowledge as well!
post #13 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by skisw/scissors View Post
EVC CO, I’ve been meaning to respond – thanks for the info. After reading your response I finally pulled the trigger and ordered. They were shipped yesterday and I should get tomorrow or Saturday! :

I would love to hit the slopes and compare the skis sometime; and even though I have skied for a long time I am a recent transplant to Colorado and would love some local knowledge as well!
sounds good, check your PM

hey, howzabout this snow eh?:
post #14 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by skisw/scissors View Post
EVC CO, I’ve been meaning to respond – thanks for the info. After reading your response I finally pulled the trigger and ordered. They were shipped yesterday and I should get tomorrow or Saturday! :

I would love to hit the slopes and compare the skis sometime; and even though I have skied for a long time I am a recent transplant to Colorado and would love some local knowledge as well!

SWS, Have you skied the Prophet 90s yet? How do they compare to the Blends?
post #15 of 15
I have a new pair of Prophet 90's. Haven't skied the Blend's. Love the Prophet. Used them in Sun Valley last week...Hard pack and wind blown to heavy powder, bumps & groomers. They worked in all of those conditions (although they weren't all that snappy in the bumps, nor are they supposed to be). They really gave a feeling of stability when doing some GS turns on off-piste crud. The half pipe wasn't ready, so I can't give any insight on how they perform there. It's a really pleasant and fun ski and I'm surprised at how it performs in so many different snow conditions.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › '08 Line Profit 90 v '08 Line Blend?