The Line Sick Day 95 was the ski of the year in 2014. Now the Sick Day 95 is back, and unchanged for 2016. While the Line Sick Day 125 is a big mountain shredder, the Line Sick Day 95 is a versatile all-mountain ski built to handle any type of terrain you ride. Like many skis in this category the Line Sick Day 95 doesn’t excel in all categories, but instead blows people away with its amazing versatility. This is a true one-quiver ski.
Conditions: Hard Pack, Groomers, Soft Snow (5”), Crud, bumps
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: This Line Sick Day is 95mm underfoot, and has and early rise tip and tail with traditional camber underfoot. This helps to make this ski capable of riding in the pow, but still stable on the groomers. I was pleasantly surprised by the stability of this ski. It’s not a ski that will make you want to go race on a giant slalom course, but when the snow isn’t dumping, and you need to spend most of your day on the frontside, you’ll have no problem charging the groomers.
Powder: As is typical with all-mountain skis in this width, you’re not going to get a powder specialist, but the Line Sick Day 95 is built with early rise up front, and a softer tip, to keep you afloat when the snow gets deeper. In addition, the tapered tip and tail help to reduce swing weight, and keep the ski maneuverable, while the early rise tail will help give the ski that “surfy” feel most people love when in the pow. Now of course at 95mm underfoot you’re not going to float like you would on the Line Sick Day 125, but when you want a ski that is equally good on the groomers as it is in the pow, then the sick day 95 is a great option.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Line Sick Day 95 is pretty easy to get on edge, and even though it’s quite stable, it’s pretty easy to turn sideways and skid a turn if needed. The directional flex makes the Sick day softer in the tip and stiffer in the tail. As you start to get the ski on the edge, the soft tip will start to flex and initiate the turn easier. The stiff flex in the tail will help to provide power and stability once on edge, helping to keep you locked into the turn. The tail has a bit of early rise, and is slightly tapered helping to release when you need it to. I was pretty surprised at how much power you can get out of this ski. The harder you push, the quicker the edge to edge transition is. When you really lay into it, the ski responds well and you can arc short or long turns, depending on what the terrain calls for.
Speed: The Line Sick Day 95 is a pretty light-weight ski without any metal, so it should be no surprise that the ski can get a bit bouncy when really pushing it. On soft-snow it has no problems with speed, and you can arc pretty long turns, but on the harder snow I found myself slowing it down a bit. The back end of the ski is actually pretty stiff, and seems to handle the speed pretty well. The tip however is a bit softer, and at high speeds I noticed a bit of chatter. That being said, the tip actually skis relatively stiff. On groomers, soft-snow, or consistent snow the Sick Day 95 had no trouble at speeds. It’s actually quite damp for the most part, and I never noticed a lot chatter in the tip until I really pushed it.
Uneven Terrain: Again, the Line Sick Day 95 is a light-weight ski, but it skis much stiffer than you would think. In the softer crud the ski has no problem. It has early rise in the tip that helps to get you on top of the crud. The tip is softer, but still stiff enough that it never gets too bouncy. In the harder crud, I did notice a bit more chatter in the tip, but the ski is stiff underneath and keeps you from bouncing around too much. The more aggressive I got, and the more I drove the shovels, the more stable the ski felt. Overall, it’s still a light ski, and the tip is flexible, so it won’t handle the crud as well as the Blizzard Cochise, which is stiffer and heavier, but I felt like it performed pretty well.
Edge Hold: Line claims the Sick Day has a 20% longer effective edge than competitors in this category. While I can’t say for certain that it’s exactly 20%, I can tell you that this ski has a great edge hold. As you roll the ski on edge, the effective edge extends all the way to the tip and tail. This gives you more contact with the snow and therefore increased edge hold. I found that the more I pressured the ski, and more I leaned into the turn, the better the edge hold got. I wouldn’t expect this to be a great ski in icy conditions, but I didn’t have any trouble on the hard-pack.
Flex: The Line Sick Day 95 has a directional flex that puts a softer flex in the tip, and a stiffer flex in the tail. When hand flexed, the tip seems pretty soft, but it rides stiffer than you would expect. It wasn’t as soft as the Rossi Soul 7, but it isn’t as beefy as the Blizzard Cochise.
Switch: The Line Sick Day 95 is a directional twin. You can ride switch, but its happier going forward.
Jumps: While the Line Sick Day 95 isn’t necessarily a park ski, it’s definitely fun to jib and jump off of bumps, and rollers when riding the mountain. It is relatively stiff, but has aspen in the tip and tail that help to increase liveliness and pop. As you approach a roller you can get your weight on the tails and pop off with no problems. Again, it’s not as soft as the Rossi Soul 7, but definitely easy to get in the air.
Park: The Line Sick Day 95 is built to ride the entire mountain, and isn’t the best park ski. If you want a ski that can handle the whole mountain, but still perform pretty well, I’d look into the Sir Francis Bacon. It has a similar shape to the Sick Day, but has symmetrical flex and true twin, making it easy for riding switch.
Moguls: The Line Sick Day 95 has early taper in the tip and tail, bringing the widest point of the ski closer to the skier. This helps to reduce swing weight and make the ski easier to turn. In addition, Line thins out the tip of the Line Sick Day 95, helping to reduce weight in the tip. This again helps to reduce that swing weight making the ski easier to turn. When the ski is flat you can swing it around pretty quick, and even on a short angle edge the ski is very maneuverable. The tail stiff, helping to keep you locked in, but it has a slight early rise, and is tapered helping to release when you need to.
The line Sick Day 95 has received some pretty serious awards over the last few years, and it’s easy to see why. It’s definitely a good one quiver type ski. It’s capable enough in the powder and a great ski when it hasn’t snowed for a while. It wasn’t the best ski in crud, but you wouldn’t expect a ski this light to be a crud buster. There are better all-mountain skis out there for powder (Rossi Soul 7), but this is one of the best skis for overall versatility.
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