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Take a katana to fist fight.

One three-letter word describes the Line Influence 115 Ski: fun. This is a steep-and-deep slayer with a soft spot for recess. Metal laminate tops a core made of maple, which gives this ski the muscle to take the forces of face-melting turns in high-consequence terrain. An early-rise tip and tail and early-taper sidecut loosen things up so you can play in the trees and surf over the mountain when the deep trumps the steep. For the '12-'13 season, the Influence was re-designed with CapWall construction and a carbon OllieBand too, because every big-mountain stick should come with a little pop.

  • Early-rise camber profile (11/9mm, tip/tail) allows the tip and tail to float above powder, helps you surf over choppy conditions, and makes hooking a tip in deep snow a thing of the past
  • Traditional camber underfoot gives you steady edge control and the ability to carve deep turns instead of sliding
  • Maple Macro Block core uses two full-length pieces of durable maple surrounded by springy aspen wood so you get the best of both core personalities
  • Carbon fiber stringers (Carbon Ollieband) run the full length of the ski and add pop by springing back quickly after you load the ski in a turn or before ollies
  • Titanal laminate (Metal Matrix) reinforces the core with metal, aids the transfer of power to your edges, shovel, or tail, and encourages increased edge grip
  • Directional Flex gives this ski a softer tip that planes above soft snow quickly and initiates turns easier while the stiff tail provides power at the end of your turns and aids stability at high speed
  • Fatty Base and Edge means a thicker base and edge for increased ski durability and tuning lifespan
  • Capwall, or a combination of cap and sandwich construction, combines the weight savings and responsiveness of cap construction with the edging power of sidewall construction
  • Thin Tip reduces the weight at the ski tip by using a super thin core and sidewall, ultimately reducing weight by 100 grams per pair of skis
  • Thin Tip reduces swing weight to make turning and air balance easier, and the reduced weight also helps to eliminate tip bounce in choppy conditions
  • Early Taper all but eliminates tail drag and tip hooking in deep powder by tapering the widest point of the sidecut earlier than traditional designs
  • 115mm waist gives you a nice wide platform to stand on so high speeds feel like a walk in the park and deep conditions feel smooth as silk
  • 5 Cut Sidecut shape blends five different sizes of sidecut radius into a single shape for ultimate turn shape versatility

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Bringing the turn back into skiing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The progression of freeskiing over the past five years has been incredible. Yet amongst the triples, butters, slashes etc, I would argue that sometimes the simple turn/arc/carve has been forgotten. Now this might put me in the nerd corner right along with you uncle on his race carvers, but luckily, the Influences allow you to still focus on creating that perfect turn while looking cool . It's a great ski that you can arc some fantastic turns with, but because it has an awesome top sheet and is created by one of the coolest ski brands out there, nobody will know your at home analyzing your angles.

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Sicko ski couldnt say enough about

I had the chance to demo this ski from my shop, apon getting to the mountain i begain rethinking my decision. It turned out to be a cold calky groomer day. Let me rephrase that, It wasnt a bad day to be skiing just not the ideal conditions for a ski with a waist with of 115, but it turned out to be the best decision all week. As always I took a few conservative runs to get the ski dials and on the second or third run just opend it up and was BLOWN away by the competency this ski has on hard pack. I was railing GS comprable to a ski of a 100mm waist and had no speed limit, not to mention that this ski gave so much back i just set you up for your next transition it was a dream! There was a dump the week before and there was some snow off piste to be had but it was pretty variable, most of it was crust and dust making it pretty easy to sink the tails and bog down after breaking the surface. I got a little further off piste were potrol had blown a controled avalanche almost a week prier so there were pretty good chunks of ice and tunes of corn but this ski just blew trough it. I was all smiles all day in fact i was was on another demo today the volkl bridge in similiar conditions and every turn was dreaming of the influence. I look forward to taking it out on a good pow day.

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The Cats Pajamas

I was lucky enough to help in testing and tweaking this version of the Influence 115, and they are far and away the best of the skis I've been on in the last...well, ever. You can read the details in the description, or what the product video on Line's site...but know that these are remarkably playful skis with some badass roots. I would say if you sent Pollard's Opus to the gym all fall and had it listen to Rage Against the Machine, the result at the end of November would be the new Influence 115. Ready to destroy the mountain (if necessary) but equally fun to shred even if the mountain isn't covered in fresh.

The Cats Pajamas
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Andrew, I picked a pair of these up and Im SUPER pumped for them!!! I got the 179 and mounted +1. Did I make a mistake or will I be fine with that mount? I did it for the swing weight but I dont want it to effect the floatablity and skiing performance. I havent skied on them yet, should I wait and see how they feel at that mount?

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I would wait and ski- I think you're going to be just fine with them +1. The swing weight was already decreased in this version over previous years, but if you prefer any of these: a) a more centered stance b) tight situations c)spinning/skiing switch, you're golden. Think snow!

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Thanks Andrew! I think Ill like it there then. You dont think it will effect the float in the pow? Ive been thinking snow for a loooooong time!

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Sorry for all the questions but since the tail is stiffer for the directional flex, would that mount mess up how the flex feels on the ski? or is 1cm not going to be significant enough to feel different flex.

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Zerp, in my personal opinion, the 1cm won't adversely change how the ski flexes, and they definitely won't have any trouble floating. I recommend you find a carpeted floor in front of a screen and start watching ski movies while standing in your boots, clicked into your skis!

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Oh... Trust me I do already! haha Thanks for the advise really appreciate it. Oh also saw your interview with SkiGear TV. Solid interview, wise words. Got me even more excited for snow!

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How far from the true centrer of a ski is mound yours?

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what is the difference between this year's ski and last year's ski?

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quick question Andrew, me 5'5" / 150 currently skiing Prophet 98 @ 172, would the 115 179 be a good size or too short? I can't demo, though I did ski the Opus 178 and love it, but didn't like flopping tail on variable conditions. So thinking the Influence might be the ticket. Bigger mountain I ski regularly is Sun Valley. Also any idea what's the actual tip to tail length on the 179 is? zerp100459, what's your stats? how the 179 is working for you?

Line Influence 115, JH, March 2012

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A couple fun runs lapping inbounds goodness at Jackson Hole in early March, 2012. 192cm.

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Andrew, that footage straight KILLS!!! Solid work man. Awesome edit, hope you do the sickbird this year. Love watching you destroy that granite slab!

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Sweeet! My wife just started bitchin' at me 'cuz she DOESN'T LIKE JANIS??!! I need to rethink this, seriously...