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THE BEST LINE SKIS OF 2021

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Test 21 different Line Skis and write reviews of the best.

The result is 10 of the best Line Skis  on the market today.

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Line is another American ski company that bootstrapped its way into the ski industry and has since cemented itself as one of the cornerstone brands of freestyle skiing.

This year, as the rest of the industry at large swings back towards metal laminate charging skis, Line has forged their own path with some innovative takes on how to have fun on the mountain. The following are our favorite 10 Line Skis available this season, and what we think makes each one of them worthy of your ski rack.

Top 10 Line Skis

See our quick top 10, or go further down and read our in-depth reviews.

Check out our buying guide in choosing the best Line Skis.

When Tom Wallisch signed to Line 6 years ago there was a lot of excitement about the kind of skis that this great melding of the minds would produce. This pro model was the result, and park skiers everywhere have since rejoiced. This ski has seen some minor adjustments since its release, but remains one of the more trusted models from Line for hitting XL park features.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Fatty Base and Edge
  • Multi Radius Side Cut
  • Capwall Construction
  • Carbon Ollie Band
  • 157cm, 164cm, 171cm, 178cm variations
What we like:
  • Serious park skis that can also carve with the best of them
  • Packed full of features with a pretty traditional construction
  • Tip and tail taper can save you from some nasty slams
What we don’t like:
  • Wood sidewalls aren’t as strong as the newfangled ABS ones
  • There are other super light skis from Line with a lower swing weight

At 90mm underfoot, Wallisch Pro’s are just on the thinner side of the average park ski. They’re stiffer than most of the other trick models from Line, so you can confidently launch into orbit knowing that you have a solid set of landing gear under your feet. 

But what really sets them apart is a unique tip and tail taper. The edges on either end of the ski are designed to be forgiving when landing rotation, so you don’t catch an edge and slam when you don’t quite bring your spin around. It’s more of a well rounded all mountain alternative to the Honey Badger. 

They’re mounted a little behind the center to lend a little more directional performance, and dependably ski the rest of the mountain. The Tom Wallisch Pro should be at the top of any serious park skier’s shortlist. 

Check him out demonstrating his skis in action down below.

There are skis that you can take into the park, and then there are skis that you never want to take out of the park. The Honey Badger is everything that a playful freestyle ski should be: durable, lightweight, and cheap. 

While they’re much too soft for the pipe and bigger kickers, the Honey Badger should catch the imagination of anyone who loves rails, presses and spinning off of mid-sized features.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Fatty base and edges
  • Multi Radius Sidecut
  • 4D Fibercap Construction
  • Aspen Veneer Core
  • 155cm, 166cm, 172cm, 177cm variations
What we like:
  • Rugged park skis with plenty of flex in the shovels
  • Really good quick rotation on rails due to their low swing weight
  • Can absorb some prolonged abuse
What we don’t like:
  • Can’t be dependably ridden outside of the park for more than a few laps

As the name implies, these skis are tough and can handle some prolonged time in the park. The best park skier I know has an old pair of Honey Badgers that he refuses to let die. While I can’t condone skiing with six inches of edge ripped out, he claims that it just makes it harder to hook an edge. 

The other notable feature about the Honey Badger is their ridiculously low swing weight, an enticing feature for snappy spins off of smaller features.

For all that they’re capable of inside of the rope line, the Honey Badger is by no means a daily driver for the average skier. The soft tips and tails bend too easily to engage a carved turn. But for people who spend every day in the park, they’re an affordable and fun option that can handle anything you throw at them.

The Blend is difficult to define. The best distillation we could come up with for these Line skis is “mid-waisted park-y pow ski.” It’s a mix of the stylistic freedom of a freestyle ski with the performance capabilities of a more generalized all-mountain model. To note, the Blend isn’t a park ski, it’s an all-mountain ski inspired by the park.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Fatty Base and Edge
  • Symmetrical Flex
  • Multi-Radius Sidecut
  • Capwall Construction
  • Carbon Ollie Band
  • 171cm, 178cm, 185cm variaitons
What we like:
  • An all-mountain ski thats based off of ridability rather than pure charging power
  • Good trick ski for natural features
What we don’t like:
  • For something inspired by the park, it’s not a great park ski.

Despite being a sizable ski the Blend has a super low swing weight. Most of the bulk and stiffness is relegated underfoot. Wide and pliable tips and tails make them a particularly forgiving ski and helps butters and presses. This year’s updated model has a little more edge length to further highlight those all-mountain characteristics.

The Blend brings the park to the rest of the mountain by being awesome on jib runs and flying off of whatever natural features pop up in your path, but also shine in tight and light terrain like powdery aspen stands. It’s worth mentioning that it falls short in its stability at speed and rebound capabilities off of big hits. The Blend isn’t a park ski, but it frees up playful terrain on the whole hill.

The Sick Day is a ski that gives back whatever you put into it. Which sounds like a copout, but  really just speaks to the versatility of this well-rounded tool. With a more traditional mount point and a more traditional attitude than most Line skis, there’s a Sick Day out there for any skier, but the 104 is our pick for the most well-rounded Line skis.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Directional flex keeps some stiffness behind the foot for driving power
  • Multi-Radius Sidecut
  • Capwall Construction
  • Carbon Magic Fingers
  • 172cm, 179cm, 186cm
What we like:
  • Affordable and versatile performance ski
  • Can be ridden anywhere for basically any purpose, very well rounded
What we don’t like:
  • Lack of any particular specialization means it doesn’t excel in any one place

The Sick Day splits the difference in terms of stiffness. It doesn’t have as much driving power as you’d think an “all-mountain” ski would, but Line is great at selling what some would consider faults as features. It doesn’t ski like a charger because they want to evoke a more inventive and playful style of skiing as opposed to bulldozing everything in your path. 

It’s a ski with a wide range of appeal for its versatility and practicality. It can be used reasonably for nearly any discipline of alpine skiing, and is light enough to do some touring in. In terms of options for a single ski season, the Sick Day 104 by Line Skis can get any job done with reasonable performance benefits.

In their tradition of straying from the path, Line Skis’s Vision series are playful and freeride oriented skis in the same weight class as dedicated touring options. Given their size, these skis are crazy light. They’re a solution for skiers who want to avoid the “pingy” performance feeling that more directional lightweight skis are prone to falling into. 

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Multi-Radius Sidecut
  • “Triple Hybrid Construction”
  • Blended Maple and Paulowina core
  • 175cm 183cm, 189cm
What we like:
  • Ridiculously light freeride ski
  • Still skis relatively stable and damp given how light it is
  • Great performance in powder
What we don’t like:
  • Prone to deflection based on how light it is

Lightweight powder skis aren’t anything new. But they usually don’t have the kind of freedom and play that the Vision 118  offers. Line uses what they call “THC Construction ”, a triple layer stack of three laminates that absorb different vibrational frequencies. That means these skis have a super damp ride on a greater variety of conditions.

The Vision 118 could be used for many different purposes, and it brings a playful attitude to different disciplines. It’s a little wide to be an every day resort ski, but a strong contender as a wider touring option or a dedicated powder ski.

The Vision 98 is a pretty straightforward ski, which in a way is a major curve ball coming from Line Skis. The entire series is competitively light compared to any ski, not to mention within the freeride category. Because of the weight, we think that the Vision 98 makes the most sense as a playful, poppy, touring ski for low-consequence slopes.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Multi-Radius Sidecut
  • “Triple Hybrid Construction”
  • Blended Maple and Paulowina core
  • 172cm 179cm, 186cm
What we like:
  • Crazy light ski in the same class as a lot of dedicated touring options
  • Great soft snow skis, and can hold their own on powder despite the narrow waist
What we don’t like:
  • Prone to deflection in icy conditions
  • You might want something wider for touring in powder

The shape of the Vision 98 is pretty close to a twin tip, but with a generous shovel and some directional influence retained in the tail. Their narrow waist makes them a more well-rounded option than the 118s, and their wide tips make it possible to plane out on deep snow once you gather a little speed.

They also feature Line’s super stable “THC Construction” method. But just because they’re damp doesn’t mean you can fly into a field of death cookies and expect to emerge unscathered. They are a great ski for spring corn touring or soft snow days at the resort, but they also require a little bit of thinking about your line when the conditions are less than ideal.

Line Skis made their name in the park, but their innovative spirit cannot be confined to the controlled environment of terrain park. The Blade is one of several models released by Line that reimagine skiing at its most basic: just making turns down a mountain. It’s the most straightforward of a new series of carving skis that offer a refreshing take on the frontside.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Fatty Base and Edge
  • “Gas Pedal Metal” Titanal Sheet
  • Multi-Radius Sidecut
  • Huge Shovel
  • 169cm, 176cm, 181cm variations
What we like:
  • Awesome groomer ski that brings fun back to the frontside
  • Accessible to skiers of all skill levels
  • Reimagining the art of the turn
What we don’t like:
  • Limited by the specificity of its design
  • Rides a little longer than a typical ski, so size down

The shovel is very wide compared to the waist (154-90-124 for those curious), this obviously lends itself towards hooking into tight turns. In a lot of ways this would demand nothing but snappy tight turns all the way down the hill if not for the sidecut. Another Line skis feature is a multi-radius side cut that allows for a dynamic range of turn shapes, and some slashing. 

The Blade is a freeride ski sensibility brought back to the groomers. It’s soft and pliable, the kind of ski you can carve in a perfect circle with your ankles. It’s not going to be the ski that you take out every day, or on every line. But it’s a super fun ski and accessible for riders of all skill levels.

Line Skis got their start by tinkering around with traditional concepts behind the tips and tails of skis. They’re progenitors of the twin-tip, and now they’re bringing back the swallowtail. Between the Blade above and the Sakana below, Line is doing their best to make groomers fun again with the Pescado. It’s a push towards exploring the hill in a more intentional way as opposed to destroying everything in your path.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Directional Flex
  • Multi Radius Sidecut
  • Swallowtail
  • 180 cm
What we like:
  • Super unique powder ski that planes out
  • Reinventing the turn
  • Ski for all skill levels
What we don’t like:
  • Swallowtail isn’t as resilient as other tail shapes
  • Limited to a relatively tight turn radius

The Pescado is built for deep snow. The swallowtail decreases surface area in the rear and lets the tails drop into deep snow, allowing your tips to plane out with some speed. This allows for a unique ride that feels a little more engaged than your powder slashes. It’s a way to “carve” deep snow while retaining the sufy feel of powder ski

The Pescado is not for super steep or technical lines, and the tail isn’t going to be supportive for rolling off of any rocks. But what it does have is excellent side-to-side rebound and reasonable performance when there isn’t any powder to be had.

The Sakana is a retooled version of the Pescado designed for soft groomers and spring skiing. “Sakana” comes from the Japanese term referring to a small snack customarily served with alcohol, maybe Line is trying to tell us something here. It’s a bluebird slush slayer that pairs well with a couple of beers.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Directional Flex
  • Multi-Radius Sidecut
  • Swallowtail
  • Carbon Flax Tape
  • Early rise
  • 166cm, 174cm, 181cm variations
What we like:
  • Bringing the frontside of skiing back into the limelight
  • Rip hard turns side to side in a tight radius
What we don’t like:
  • Doesn’t hold up well on icy or super variable terrain.

I like to think of the Sakana as akin to a Vespa or other zippy commuter scooter. You’re sure to turn heads in the lift line and get comments on their size and the tail. But, you’ll likely be having more fun than anyone else while you’re zipping around. It’s definitely a specialty piece, but it has a more broad range of applications than the Pescado. 

Though it’s similar in shape to the Pescado, there are several features that give the Sakana an edge when there isn’t a ton of powder. Aside from a narrower waist, the swallowtail is reinforced with metal for firmer snow. It’s also a little less rockered, and has a mix of carbon and flax stringers running through the body to dampen vibrations. You won’t be skiing top-to-bottom zipper runs through bumps, but instead flit around like a fruit fly in a much more energetic and creative descent.

Named for the father of empiricism and one of the developers of the scientific method, the Sir Fancis Bacon is more than just another cheeky name from Line Skis. It’s an innovative ski, as of 2019, the first to feature a true convex base at the tips and tails. It’s an all-mountain ski that refuses to be pigeonholed into a particular category, and can be ridden by skiers of any skill level.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Fatty base and edge
  • Multi-Radius Sidecut
  • Convex Tips and Tails
  • Longer active edge
  • 176cm, 184cm, 190cm
What we like:
  • One of the most versatile and fun skis on the market
  • Super low weight
  • Renewed emphasis on all mountain aspects
What we don’t like:
  • Again lacks the charging capabilities of a lot of modern freeride skis

The spoon-like “Convex Base Tech” adds a few benefits. Less surface area on the snow means it picks up speed faster, floats a little better, and frees up some room for slashing and ccarving. The SFB still lets you use your edges when you want to make “real” turns. That being said it can hold its own in variable conditions, provided you keep it’s low weight in mind and don’t get unexpectedly deflected off of a chunk of ice. It’s a forgiving ski, but not capable of turning a bad snow day into a good one

They’re another lightweight carving ski from Line, but they are unique in their ability to provide a surfy feel when the snow gets a little deeper. It’s one of the more versatile options from Line, and modern classic that deserves a place in your collection. 

Guide to Line Skis

Before getting into the specs and story bits, check out Tom Wallisch demonstrate how playful and possible look easy in his Line skis:

 

Line Skis Tech Specs

Multi-Radius Sidecut

The sidecut of your ski determines what kind of turns they’ll naturally make when tipped on to their edge. Less pronounced sidecuts will result in a bigger turn radius, while more pronounced sidecuts lends themselves to tighter, more aggressive turns. It’s not uncommon for all-mountain skis to be shaped to accommodate two or three different turn radiuses.

While the concept of a multi-radius sidecut isn’t anything new, but it’s seldom executed to the degree that Line takes it. Their proprietary “5Cut” design is exactly what it sounds like: a unique shape to their ski that lends itself towards a wide range of different turn shapes. The one caveat is that the models with this design usually aren’t stiff enough to make super aggressive GS turns.

Fatty Base and Edge

One of the most anxiety-provoking aspects of buying a new ski is the dreaded coreshot, or worse, a ripped out edge. While you can’t yet file a rock-insurance claim on your new skis, you can build a better ski that’s more resistant to such eventualities.

Line’s “Fatty Base and Edge” are thicker-than-typical take on than you’d suspect from the lightweight construction we’re seeing out of Line’s ski catalogue. This makes them more resistant to rails, rocks, stumps, and whatever other carnage you may face. A thicker base also means you can get a few more grinds out of your skis before the shop tecs get nervous. 

Carbon Ollie Band

When you’re doing the type of skiing that begets Line’s products, there’s a good chance you’re really going to be bending your skis aggressively. Over time your skis are going to lose their natural pop, and no one wants to ride dead skis.

Line’s “Ollie Band” is a way to retain some of the spring and pop on your favorite pair of skis. The pre-stretched carbon bands they run down the center of the skis do a better job of keeping their shape over time. 

Carbon Magic Fingers

Carbon is a useful material for ski construction due to its weight and its shape retention properties. Line makes good use of it in skis like the Blend and the Sick Day series. For lightweight, turn-oriented or all-mountain skis, these carbon stringers add stability without the use of a heavy metal plate. 

THC Construction

Triple Hybrid Construction is yet another dampening technique from Line. It’s a three layer ply of carbon, amarid, and fiberglass. This blend offers a way to provide some of the weight benefits of a carbon dominant ski. Line claims that the three materials absorb different vibrational frequencies, meaning a more stable ride over a greater variety of conditions.

Splitting up some of the carbon distribution also gives the ski a little more resistance to the kind of deflective ride that carbon-heavy skis are likely to provide.

A Brief History of Line Skis

Line was founded by then-student Jason Levinthal in 1995 when action sports were really catching stride in the eye of the public. From its inception Line was intended to be a counterpoint to the formal and rigid ski culture that just couldn’t seem to keep up with the rest of the industry. Their DIY ethic literally started in a garage that produced what we would now call “ski-blades” that incorporated some of the first examples of twin tip technology.

The next 10 years was a whirlwind of successes and innovations. Line released a series of award-winning park and pipe skis, along with one of the first proper, full-sized twin tips ever to hit the market. Line was purchased by K2 in the mid 2000’s. Ideologically this is a great fit. 

K2’s innovative spirit gave Line the freedom, and more importantly the funding to keep pushing boundaries every step of the way. You don’t have to look very hard to see how K2’s earlier innovations undoubtedly influenced Line, and how Line’s first “skiboard” prototypes are paid homage to in K2’s “Fatty”.

Most skiers around my age know Line as the sponsor from the Traveling Circus webseries. The series was many young winter sports enthusiasts’ introduction to the ski bum dream, glamorizing a nomadic lifestyle and the debauched living conditions that come with it. It was a de-glamorized look at the rambling ski dream and remains immensely popular, with 13 seasons and counting filmed so far. 

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Line Skis

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    Are Line Skis any good?

    Line is known in the ski industry for taking a wildly different approach to making skis than the rest of the major ski manufacturers. One of their company taglines is “Skiing the wrong way since ‘95.” But that’s not to say they’re not as good, or even circumstantially better than skis from some of the more prominent brands.

    If you’re in the market for a pair of top-notch park skis, pipe skis, or anything fun-focused then the Line 2021 fleet is a great place to start your search. For more on Line skis, take a look at our best of the brand page. To see how they stack up against the rest of the competition take a look at our 10 best all-mountain skis.

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    Who owns Line Skis?

    Line was acquired by K2 Sports in 2006, during a time of minor financial crisis that the folks at Line attribute to having too much fun and a misguided attempt at making bindings that constantly broke. Line is still run on the same creative principles upon which it was founded. To see what we mean take a look at our best of the brand page for a closer look at their catalog.

    The “Fatty” ski blade made by K2 is a nod to the origins of Line that’s worth checking out as well. And to see how they all compare to the rest of the industry, take a look at our 10 favorite all-mountain skis of this year.

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    Where are Line Skis made?

    Along with their parent company K2 Sports, Line skis are manufactured in China. As Line is a subdivision of K2 Skis, their headquarters is based out of Seattle, Washington as well. It should be noted that all of their product design and testing takes place in Washington as well. Read reviews of the best Line skis has to offer these days.

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    How much do Line Skis cost?

    The price of Line skis ranges from the lower end of the spectrum all the way to some of the more expensive consumer-level skis on the market. The reason for this is that Line basically makes two types of skis- dedicated park skis, and more experimental options. Park skis are simple by merit of design and tend to be less expensive than the alternatives that have either a more specialized, or in some cases a well-rounded approach to the mountain. Check out a comparison of the best Line Skis and see the different prices.

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    What are the best Line skis?

    Line makes a ton of interesting skis, and it’s hard to say which exactly are the best because they are all so different in terms of their design and their intended use. To get a better idea of what we mean take a look at our best of the brand page to see their wide array of carvers, touring skis, and park options. Here are some of our favorites that they have to offer from this year.

    Best Line Skis

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    Where can I demo Line skis?

    With Line’s eclectic lineup of interesting skis, it’s hard to choose which to commit to without trying all of them. Fortunately, most major ski areas that offer demo options carry Line, and you can have the chance to see how playful their catalog really is, provided you have a few days. To get a jump start on which ones you should try, take a look at our best of brands page. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started:

    Best Line Skis to try:

If you already have a line ski or you just bought one, leave a comment in the comment section below and share your experience with it.

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