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Mmmm, Bacon-wrapped powder pillows.

What are the two best things in the world? Skiing and bacon, obviously, so it shouldn't be surprising that the Line Sir Francis Bacon Ski is designed (by that master of creativity Eric Pollard) to turn the entire mountain into your deliciously shreddy breakfast-food playground. Feel like breaking your fast by munching on some powder? The Bacon can do that, with a 108mm waist and early-rise/early-taper tip that floats over soft snow and makes it easy to slash and surf big, loose powder turns.

Hungry for some air? The strong, poppy Maple Macroblock core features maple stringers that provide plenty of boost without any excess weight. Prefer to dine at high speed on open faces? The full sidewall construction provides powerful edge hold and the ThinTip design reduces tip weight and the associated chatter, making for smooth, predictable performance at highway speeds. No matter what your pleasure, the Bacon makes it smooth, surfy, and fun, with Line's multi-radial 5-Cut sidecut that makes turns of any size consistent and predictable, and a super-durable Fatty base and edges so you don't have to worry too much about making acquaintances with the occasional rock, stump, or burred park rail. Think a creative breakfast is the best part of the day? Have some Bacon and satisfy your cravings.

  • Traditional camber underfoot and early-rise tip and tail
  • Maple Macroblock and aspen core
  • Sidewall construction
  • Early-taper ThinTip design
  • 5-Cut sidecut
  • Symmetrical flex
  • Extra-thick Fatty base and edges
  • Sintered base

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Having a hard time deciding whether to buy the 172 Bacon or 172 sick day for my son as his big mountain/powder ski. He is light enough that I know they will both work for big mountain. What is the real difference between the two skis? Many thanks!

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What is the height and weight of your son if you don?t mind me asking. The Bacons will be your all-mountain jib style ski. They are very playful and great for a light weight skier. They have a symmetric flex so skiing switch is very easy, where as the SICKDAY 110 has a directional flex so more often than not you wouldn?t want to be skiing switch. The Sickday 110?s have a smaller profile tail that is stiffer with less rocker than the Bacon. Both skis are rather light and very agile. They have short turning radius?s as well.

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If you are looking for a charger ski I would look elsewhere.

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My advice is to demo them and then decide. From what I read, I had a number of skis on my target list and demo'd them all across a few days - ~ 8 in total - I went home with the Bacons. I'm an aggressive skier - albeit now an old guy no longer doing parks - tried them in spring conditions at JH with a few inches of powder one day. The Bacons were blast, even in the somewhat undesirable conditions. Tight turning radius so great in bumps and trees - can roll them over on the groomers and the grab the mountain with no chatter. I didn't have serious powder, only ~3in , but know they will do great on powder days. Most of my skiing is CO or WY, but I also spend a fair amount of time in VT - so if traveling with one ski, I wanted something that could keep me happy in variable conditions. The Sick Day is great ski, but the Bacon will give you better float on powder days.

5 5

More than meets the eye

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just like the transformers we all played with when we were kids, this ski has a lot more versatility than you'd think. It looks, and is mounted (if you go by Pollard's mounting line) in a bit more of a jibby style. When I first got on the ski it took me a bit to get used to feeling mounted further forward. Once I started skiing though, any reservations were quickly erased, despite being a non-park, non-switch, pretty straightforward skier. This ski really rips. I was surprised at how well it gripped harder snow, and how easily it carved back and forth. Will it rip like a 90mm directional ski with a flat tail? No. But it's certainly adequate for the low snow days (like we get in the East a lot). The biggest difference I found is that since they're twin tipped and have a good amount of tail rocker, the tails release a lot easier, and therefore the ski tends want to slarve a bit more rather thank locking in a super tight turn the whole time. If you're an ex-racer, this may bother you. If you just like to rip and have fun on groomers, I think it's more than enough hard snow performance.

Where this ski really shines is on anything in the softer side, and when you start skiing a bit more playfully. Once I got these into anything fresh at all, they just felt like they wanted to jump, slash and slarve. Trees are a total blast, as well as charging down bowls with softer snow. On a side note, even though I'm not a switch skier, I've never skied something that so easily switched back and forth. For the first time ever I actually wanted to start switch skiing, just because it was so effortless.

Bottom line, if you're looking for a pretty fun and playful ski that totally lives for fun skiing in softer snow, but also does just great in harder snow, check this guy out. Just keep in the mind that a 108 width won't be as quick as a dedicated carver. I think the trade off was more totally worth it though.

5 5

A ripper hidden in a powder ski

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After running these guys for almost 3 seasons, I am absolutely amazed at how versatile these skis are.

They carve like hard-charging piste skis, comparable to a performance/race ski on most days (ice requires a bit of work). They mash through wind pack and mashed potatoes, and will float you through powder (at need to be hustling to get the tips to press up and get on plane).

I would second the review saying they get a little shaky at high speed, but on a boilerplate day and at high speeds, the issue was more the snow than the ski...snowcat marbles are hard for even a race ski to work with.

I have mated mine to a pair of Marker Dukes for the occasional AT run...a great match. The ski techs at the local shop were drooling over the setup.

I just hope Line keeps making them...

5 5

Almost a 1 ski quiver

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The SFB has earned a reputation as a great 1 ski quiver ski, and I would agree with that, if you are a playful skier looking to hit every feature you can hunt out on the mountain.I am 150lbs and ski the 184, and It's one downfall is that its pretty sketchy at high speed, and is not particularly damp feeling, but I guess thats an obvious trade off for being super quick to turn, light & nimble feeling in pretty much all conditions. Super easy to ski switch on.I'd say that In anything other than biolerplate or 2+ foot of pow, the SFB is a great choice that will having you smiling from first chair to closing. Very happy with the recommend mount point of -2cm from true centre.

4 5

Play pow...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Longer the better for high speeds. Just great in powder but has a speed limit on the hard stuff. Love it.. Still need a charger in the quiver though... Work just great here on the cirque...

Play pow...
5 5

the most amazing feeling ever!!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski can do it all, from hitting the pillows in the backcountry to dropping into the best line of the day!! it works just as well on the groomers as it does in two feet of fresh powder. There is no holding back when you get this ski. It lets you push your limits while holding out during the hardest lines of the day!! Overall this is my favorite ski of all time and I would strongly recommend this to everyone.