Influence your skiing this year.
- Sandwich construction creates a solid, straight-line-doable feel underfoot and seasons' worth of durability
- Early-rise tips float above pow and variable conditions and make hooking in deep snow a thing of the past
- Maple wood core, Line's Maple Macroblock, creates a dependable flex that charges as hard as you want it to
- Metal Matrix reinforcement makes it so you can turn this ski up to 11 without backing down
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After trying a variety of skis this last season ranging from Volkl Shiros (which were one of the best skis I have ever used) to the K2 Obsethed (which I was not a fan of), I finally tried the 115's on a powder day with around 15" @ Schweitzer in North Idaho (home resort). Instantly I was amazed at their ability to rip down the groomed ridge to hit the backside. No floppy tips as my speed increased, and they were able to turn on a dime to pop in and out of the non-locals (gotta hate even though I know they keep the resort alive :) ). As soon as I got to my "warm up" run of the day I dropped into the trees and was blow away at skis ability to float while still giving me enough of a technical challenge to keep it interesting. This was one of my major complaints about the Shiros; while I loved the skis I felt they made it too easy. I don't want the ski to do all work for me. By the end of the run I knew this was the pair for me. As many others have stated, you have to open these skis up. The minute you hesitate is the minute they make you pay, but I think that is point of a big powder ski. You should be challenged every turn, or whats the point!
I purchased the Influence 115s to replace a pair of Armada JJs that I really did not like. I am a tele skier and found the JJs to be too poppy (I like a lively ski, but the JJs are poppy in a disconcerting way), and the rather extreme tail rocker does not provide enough back-foot support.
I already owned two other Line skis: the Prophet 100 and the 130. The Influence 115 has replaced the 100s as my go-to ski. The 115 has incredible edge hold when the Pac NW snow gets packed out, and incredible float when the snow is deep. They blast thru crud like none other, and are surprisingly quick edge-to-edge in bumps. And unlike other fat skis, they do not chatter at high speed: AT ALL!
I disagree with the comments that these skis need to be driven hard: today I practiced skiing on one foot, and I was able to control them with no problem (on tele gear, mind you). They are heavy, but they ski much smaller than their size.
I live in the PNW, where we get high water content snow. Usually heavy, gets packed quickly. I got the Armada JJ's at the beginning of this year. Great skis on untouched snow and good on groomers too. However, when the snow gets chopped up and firm, not as stellar. Gets bounced around somewhat. I wanted a ski that could power through the crud. Did a lot of research and became aware of the Line Influence 115. Decided to return the Armadas and get the Lines. All week, I was nervous that I made a horrible mistake. Today, we received 11 inches overnight at Baker. In the early morning virgin powder, these were fine as most skis would be in those conditions. Never had any issue with nose dive. Floated effortlessly. As the day progressed and the snow became increasingly chopped and packed, these skis shined. As long as you ski aggressively and drive these skis, they will meet your every command. I never felt so confident riding through crud and in the trees as I did today. This is especially promising considering this is my first day on these skis. On groomers, they were awesome for 115 waisted skis. They felt so nimble and turned so effortlessly, they felt much narrower than actual. Slalom turns to GS turns, no problem. The edge hold was impressive. While I never thought a 115 waisted ski could be a quiver of one, I experienced an epiphany today. These skis are phenomenal. Period.
Thanksgiving weekend...snow's just OK...these made things MUCH more fun.
Was on Volkl Mantras and wanted more width for pow but still an all mountain/1 ski quiver.
Was worried about the weight...these are heavy...don't be...they blasted through crud, floated on marginal light, and held solid flying down groomed. Even carved tighter GS to slalom turns...unbelievable
Can't wait to get them on good snow.
You do have to ski these fast...
I skied the Prophet 115 or most of last season. While I hate the new graphics, they are the same ski. Anyway this ski rips. Very torsionally stiff. If you are anywhere near 6 feet tall, go for the 186, it feels short anyway.
The main difference between this and the standard rockered ski currently being mass produced is the performance at high speeds. This ski loves to charge and make strong, GS style turns. The subtle tip rocker blows through crud but does not feel noodly.
Obviously, performance in powder is a concern. With 115 underfoot it floats as well as any other mid fat ski on the market. The stiffness (mainly tail) makes stomping landings very simple.
If you live to charge, this ski is for you. Look elsewhere if you like to ski switch a lot and like strapping noodles to your feet.
I use this as my everyday ski. The wide dimensions and early rise provides plenty of resistance to diving when you're in the deep snow. The torsional rigidity from the metal matrix and the sidewall construction allows you to absolutely charge in every condition right down to a hardpack. The 115 really shines when you're hitting a variety of conditions during your ski day- floaty turns in the pow, straight lining crud, and groomers at the bottom- it's confidence inspiring in each of those.
It should be noted that with all of it's power, you should plan on driving the ski. It's not very forgiving if you're tailgunning in the backseat. Also, the slight twin tip and directional geometry aren't ideal for skiing switch. But hey, you aren't getting the 115 to ski in the backseat or butter on to rails- you're getting them to stomp lines and take names.
How does the Influence 115 differ from the Prophet 115 besides graphics?
in 2012 Line decided to restructure their ski lineup and moved the prophet name back down to the smaller skis and put this name on the 115 and called the 130 just "The 130"
You will find basically the same design as the old Prophet 115