The Line Sir Francis Bacon got a revamp for 2015-2016 going from a 108mm waist to 104mm. It’s still a versatile all-mountain freestyle ski that likes to play all over the mountain. It’s light-weight, easy to ski, and yet still comes to life when you tip it on edge.
Line Sir Francis Bacon All-Mountain Freestlye Ski Review
Conditions: Soft Groomers, Soft Chop, Hard Packed Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: The Line Sir Francis Bacon has an easy going, easy to ski, playful feel on the snow. It’s quite maneuverable and easy to turn and would be great for the skier that wants to play around the mountain.
Powder: The Line Sir Francis Bacon went from 108mm underfoot to 104. Although it’s not a huge difference it will be noticeable in the deeper snow. 104mm gives you a base that’s fun in softer snow, but not great when you get into snow more than a foot deep. Still, you have a decent amount of rocker in the tip and a taper that’s going to allow you to maneuver pretty well in the deeper snow. It’s definitely a fun soft snow ski, just not great as it gets really deep.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Line Sir Francis Bacon is a light weight ski that feels really easy to swing and maneuver. The tip and tail are medium flex with a slightly stiffer flex underfoot. I found it pretty easy to get the ski to bend into the turn, and you don’t really need to drive the ski. Instead you’ll want to take a more balanced and centered approach that allows the ski to flex evenly throughout the turn. The ski was surprisingly springy, and with its light weight it was pretty quick from edge to edge. It has a relatively deep sidecut that likes short to medium radius turns, but it was also easy to vary turn shape when you wanted to. I wouldn’t call it as lively as a frontside all-mountain ski, but it was still surprisingly fun. Although I think I still preferred steering and surfing the ski around the mountain more than carving, it’s nice to know that you have the ability when you want to lay it on edge. While I can’t directly compare last year’s 108 with this year’s 104, it’s probably safe to say that this year’s ski will feel quite a bit quicker.
Speed: The Line Sir Francis Bacon has Line’s Partly Cloud Core that consists of light-weight Paulownia wood. This gives the ski a really light-weight feel while still retaining some good rebound energy and liveliness. This is what makes the ski feel fun maneuvering and carving down the mountain, but it also doesn’t do the ski a lot of favors at speed. The Sir Francis does have a moderate flex, and I didn’t notice a lot of tip chatter at moderate to fast speeds, but it doesn’t feel extremely stable. The light-weight just doesn’t instill a ton of confidence at speed.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Line Sir Francis Bacon is designed for the skier that wants to play all over the mountain. Its light weight and moderate flex aren’t going to blast through the chop and crud, but does allow you to jump, bounce, and play around in the chop pretty well. It’s not a ski that wants to be pointed straight, instead you need to slow down and maneuver the ski over and around the chopped up snow.
Edge Hold: The Line Sir Francis Bacon has a relatively deep sidecut and good amount of camber underfoot. It actually has some pretty decent edge hold, and perfectly fine on moderate to hard groomers.
Bottom Line: The Line Sir Francis Bacon is a light weight all-mountain freestyle ski that’s built for the skier that wants to jump, jib, butter, and surf all over the mountain. It has high ranks for playfulness, maneuverability, and liveliness and less for stability at speed, and crud busting. It’s a good ski for finesse skiers who like to play all over the mountain, rather than those who want to charge everything.