You really want to go to work—what are the TPS reports gonna do without you?—but the doc says you need to take some personal time to rest up, recuperate, and get some pow in your face. To that end, he's prescribing a full course of the Line Sick Day 102 Ski, which is a powder-pushing, groomer-ripping, lift-riding, easy-skinning remedy for the nine-to-five blues.
A new addition to the legendary Sick Day lineup, the 102 gives you more float than the 95 but more versatility than the 110, making it the perfect stick for backcountry adventures where you're likely to meet equal parts pow, hardpack, and mank. The Maplelite Macroblock core features strong, powerful maple underfoot to provide stability and edging power and lighter, poppier aspen in the tips and tails to serve up the playful pop that made Line famous (it also cuts down on weight, which makes the Sick Day easier to handle on the way up).
Line saved more weight by designing the Sick Day with CapWall construction, which combines a lightweight cap construction with 1/2-height sidewalls. The result is a ski that still edges powerfully but is lighter and flexes more smoothly than a ski with full sidewalls, so you can slither up the skintrack and through tight east-coast trees without feeling like you're going to end up with a faceful of pine needles. The rockered tip and tail also give you the ability to vary turn shapes, scrub speed at the drop of a hat, and float through soft snow, while the Thin Tip reduces flap and vibration and the underfoot camber lets you put down a hard edge when things get dicey. As a final nod to the Sick Day's backcountry jones, Line hooked it up with a notch Snaketail, which makes it easy to slap on skins for the ascent.
- Floaty, poppy, tourable sticks for resort and backcountry
- 102mm waist width gobbles harpack and frolics in pow
- Traditional camber underfoot with rockered tip and tail
- Special Snaketail design for easy use with skins
- MapleLite core provides edging power and playfulness
- CapWall construction utilizes 1/2-height sidewalls
- Item #LIN003D
- Q & A
All Purpose Weapon
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
First review ever. Sick. Day.
So I came on board looking for a multi-purpose ski that I could use on the resort, side country and back-country and not have to worry on 85% of the days which pair I grabbed. Save for the most epic, Japan style pow days or maybe the hardest chundriest crud days.
After talking it over with Kyle Scagnelli (legend) from Backcountry, we landed on these pair of boards in 186. I mounted them with Marker KingPin 13s and rode them for the first time this weekend at Kirkwood. Conditions were as follows: 8 inches of fresh pow overnight on Friday. Saturday morning it was cold and the pow was light (for Tahoe). Mostly fresh tracks all morning in the kirkwood sidecountry. Things heated up by about 1pm and conditions got heavy and chopped up until close.
A few notes: I'm a big fella 6'2, 215. Aggressive skier. Ski mostly anything. Make drops as appropriate up to about 12 feet. Like to jump and do grabs, shifties, occasional spins. My go to skis for the past two season have been the Nordica El Capo's in 186. Its a heavy, burly, metal laden ski that just busts through anything. Not too playful but very powerful and stable at speed over variable terrain.
Powder performance: Fantastic. Float very well for 102 waste. No tip diving at all in the 8 or so inches of snow. Super easy and playful to get in and out of turns, jump turn, splash trees, jump lips, shift around in the air. Sure for anything more than about a foot of pow im going to grab my Magic J's. But these killed it in the pow that they were presented. The tip rocker is nice to handle that amount of snow and the tails weren't hooky at all as they have jus the right amount of tail rocker.
Weight and stability: This is a lightish downhill ski / heavish touring ski. Lightest ski i've ever owned. I was also considering the sick day Tourist and my advice to big fellas who want a dual purpose touring ski is to stick with the Sick Day 102s. As light as they are, they are still quite stable at speed. Not sure the Tourists would hold up for us larger breeds. The sick days did start to get bucked around when things started to get chopped up (at least compared to my El Capo's), but thats to be expected. Felt a bit of chatter at mach speed, but nothing crazy. Again, to be expected for this type of ski. Mounted with the kingpins, they were super light to bootpack with. Still have not toured on them, but I think they will be fantastic for full day tours. They also have a notch in the back which will be great for skins.
Turning: Super easy to initiate turns and they get from edge to edge very quickly. Very intuitive and "easy" to ride ski. I was having a blast on them from run one (espcially coming from the El Capos which have a weird and smaller sweet spot that takes some getting used to). They also felt stable on longer turn shapes in the soft snow at high speed. However, when things started to get chopped up, I did notice that they got kick around more than I was used to on my previous ski.
Style - least important point - they look epic. You might as well be surfing waves in Malibu during the 70s on these things. The 110s also look amazing, but these 102s just look and feel so fresh out of the box.
Bottom line: There are tons of good skis out there. Its all about trade-offs. These are an awesome all purpose weapon for on-resort, side country and I have every reason to believe short to medium sized tours. I think this is a great touring ski for a bigger fella with some leg strength who doesn't mine a little bit of extra weight for some added stability. They aren't the MOST stable ski i've ever been on, but they are definitely near the most fun, intuitive and useful skis i've owned. Very happy with my initial impressions. Will follow-up once i've taken them on a few late season tours.
That was alot. Thanks for reading.
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