The Line Sick Day 110 is back and unchanged for 2016. The Line Sick Day 110 is the most versatile of all of the Sick Day skis, and comes really close to a quiver of one type of ski. The 110 gives you the best of both worlds, with a playful, surfy attitude in soft snow, and a forgiving, yet stable ride on the groomers. It’s a great ski for those who like to do it all, but is definitely a bit more at home in the soft snow than hard pack.
Conditions: Powder, Chop, Groomers, Bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: It’s sometimes hard to find playful skis that can also be quite stable, but that’s what you get with the Line Sick Day 110. It has a directional flex that incorporates a softer tip with a medium stiff tail. The soft flexing tip is also thinned out to reduce swing weight and create a ski that is lightweight and maneuverable. Once you put the ski on edge, the stiffer flexing tail provides power, and stability, allowing the 110 to cruise on the groomers just as well as it floats in the pow.
Powder: The Sick Day comes in a 95, 102(new for 2016), 110, and 125. The 125 has the best float of the three, but is also less at home when the snow isn’t deep. The 110 offers a more versatile option for those that like to spend a good amount of time in the fresh snow, but also spend plenty of time on the mountain when snow conditions aren’t as good. It has a soft-flexing and lightweight tip that allows the ski to plane quickly in the deep snow. When combined with a 110mm waist, the Sick Day 110 offers a good amount of float for the deeper days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: One of the troubles with wider skis is that they can sometimes be a bit harder to get on edge and maneuver, but the Line Sick Day 110 is quite easy to pivot and turn. It has a forgiving (soft) flexing tip that has a low swing weight and a good amount of rocker, and when combined with the skis FiveCut radius it was quite easy to maneuver the ski. If you’re a fan of smearing turns, or surfing down the mountain, the Sick Day 110 is a fun ski, but it’s also a lively carver that can handle the groomers pretty well. Its soft flexing tip is forgiving, and the ski is easy to get on edge, but once there, you’ll feel the stability and power of the stiff tail. It’s quite easy to flex the tips, and arc turns of any radius (although I found it most fun in short to medium radius turns). Traditional camber underfoot provides stability, and although the tail has a bit of Early Rise, it provides a good amount of hold as well as power when exiting a turn. The Line Sick Day 110 is by no means a frontside ski, but it offers a solid, lively, and fun ride when carving the groomers (ex-racers, and big mountain skiers will be longing for more stability and power).
Speed: The Line Sick Day 110 is a lightweight non-metal ski, so it’s no surprise that it has a bit of a speed limit. For those of you that like to make very few turns and blast through anything in your way, the Sick Day is not your ski, but it’s also not wildly unstable. Yes, it has a good amount of rocker in the tip, but it’s also thinned out which reduces tip weight and helps to keep chatter to a minimum. When cruising at higher speeds, the tips remain relatively chatter free, while traditional camber underfoot, and a stiffer, flatter tail, provide stability. This isn’t going to be your go to ski if all you want to do is blast down big lines at high speeds, but the Sick Day 110 also isn’t going to keep you from speeding down the mountain when you want to.
Uneven Terrain: When talking about chop or crud it’s important to talk about hard vs. soft. In the soft crud (the kind you get at the end of a powder day) the Line Sick Day 110 was really fun. Its soft forgiving flex and easy maneuverability make it easy to ski in the soft snow. It was also quite fun to pop off of the piles and jump around the run. But as soon as things hardened up (or as the piles get heavier), the Sick Day 110 felt much more out of place. I noticed a bit more tip chatter and deflection was a concern. In these conditions I found myself taking a less aggressive stance and allowing my skis to ride above the crud, using my knees to absorb the shock.
Edge Hold: The Line Sick Day 110 is quite easy to get on edge. Once there, the ski has decent edge hold. Line claims that the Sick Day 110 has a longer effective edge than other skis in this class, and although I can’t necessary confirm or deny this, the Sick Day does provide good hold. It has a good amount of traditional camber underfoot, as well a stiffer and flatter tail. They’re not going to hold up great it really hard or icy snow, but in medium to firm snow, the Sick Day does a good job.
Flex: The Line Sick Day 110 has a directional flex with soft tips and medium to medium stiff tails. This makes the Sick Day seem forgiving, while still having good edge hold and powerful turns.
Switch: The Line Sick Day 110 has a directional twin shape that was fun to ride switch.
Jumps: The ski was quite fun and playful. It was easy to pop off of rollers and bumps. It’s definitely not a dedicated park ski or jump specialists, but for those of us that like to jump off of natural terrain features all across the mountain, the Line Sick Day 110 is quite capable.
Moguls: The Line Sick Day 110 is a pretty fun mogul ski. It’s a little bit on the wide side at 110mm, but it’s very easy to pivot and maneuver. It’s also pretty forgiving, and won’t punish bad technique as much as other skis out there. It’s also really easy to get on edge, and quite quick when transitioning in and out of turns. It’s wide platform and nimble turns also make this a great ski for the trees.
The Line Sick Day 110 falls into a big category of 105-110mm underfoot all mountain skis that range from super stable, to super playful. The Line Sick Day 110 falls somewhere in the middle of this category. The ski is both playful, and stable, and provides the versatility that many quiver of one skiers are looking for. In the deeper snow, the Sick Day 110 is surfy, and playful. On the groomers, it’s stable, and lively. It’s a great ski for those who like to spend much of their time exploring the entire mountain, especially for those who see a good amount of soft snow and fresh powder. It’s not the best in the hard snow, especially in the crud, and it’s not a speed demon either, but capable enough in each situation. Bottom line, the Sick Day 110 is a great soft snow ski for those who like to make turns, surf in the pow, and play all over the mountain.