Price US $750

Line Supernatural 115 Ski Review

Line Supernatural 115 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski

Wow, do we like the Line Supernatural 115! I must admit that I haven’t really been in love with anything that I skied from Line in recent years. They make fantastic skis, but they just don’t seem to fit my style very well. This ski changes all of that, and not only will it fit my style, I think it’s going to cater to a very big crowd of skiers. I don’t think I have been on anything that feels super similar (Maybe the Moment Bibby Pro). The ski is one of the most energetic I have been on for a powder ski, while retaining that same playful feel I come to expect from Line. At the same time, the ski is burly, and it feels more damp, stable, and powerful than any other ski I’ve been on from Line. It may be a little wide to use as a daily driver in some locations, and it’s performance on ice isn’t exactly stellar, but I think there will be a lot of skiers that could use this just about every day on the mountain.

Line Supernatural 115 On-Mountain Video Ski Review

Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith I/O

Bindings: Marker Griffon

Size: 179cm

Days: 1

Riders: Brian and Matt

Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomers, Tracked Out, Bumps, 5″ fresh

Ski Personality: The Line Supernatural 115 is a fun, and playful powder charger that is energetic and exciting on soft groomers.

On the Snow Feel: I would say the overall feel is probably semi-stable. The ski was relatively stiff, damp, and stable, but it has a semi-playful side as well. Carving on groomers was exciting and energetic, and letting them run was fun and stable. At the same time, we could slow things down and get creative, playing around in the soft snow.

Powder: At 115mm underfoot, the Line Supernatural 115 is the widest of the Supernaturals, and it is built for deeper days. We never had a chance to test it out in any real powder (we got 5″ the first day of testing), but wanted to weigh in with some initial thoughts. The ski is a bit on the stiffer side for a dedicated powder ski (and it does have a metal laminate), but the flex seems to work really well for creating float. The flex in tip and tail seems to match up really well with the rocker profile, and in the softer snow we tested in, we had no problem with the tips wanting to dive. At 115mm underfoot, there are going to be plenty of skis with more float, so if you’re looking for that one dimensional powder ski for the deepest days, I’d look elsewhere. However, if you want a ski that is decent in powder, and does so much more than just float, this could be a really good ski.

Turn Initiation and Carving: We were very pleasantly surprised at how much fun this ski was to carve. It just seemed so quick for a ski this size. Sure, it’s not a dedicated carver, but the ski was really capable on edge. The flex allowed us to initiate turns surprisingly easy, and it was really quick to respond when tipping it on edge. The ski hooked up predictably, and the more I drove the tips, the more the ski wanted to respond. Picking up some speed allowed me to really bend the ski into the turn, and the stiffer flex underfoot made the ski feel powerful and energetic. The 21m radius feels almost perfect for this ski, and when making these mid-radius turns the ski felt right at home. Best of all was just how easy it was to vary the turn shape though. Brian found it really easy to shorten the radius and he found a maneuverable and playful side of the ski. At the same time, I really enjoyed opening things up and letting my skis run a little straighter. At the top of every run I started out by turning tighter mid-radius turns, and was treated to a fun and exciting ride. Then towards the bottom of the run (especially as it got tracked out), I jut let the skis run and I had no issues with skiing faster. I think the biggest takeaways for us was that this ski was surprisingly quick and energetic, while also retaining a playful side, and a charger feel.

Speed: We really felt like the Line Supernatural 115 does a really solid job of blending a playful and surfy feel with power and energy. This ski is stiff enough to feel damp and table at speed, and the metal laminate really helps to instill confidence when you want to open things up. I really enjoyed the flex of this ski, because it seemed to allow the ski to absorb the terrain rather than blast through. I wouldn’t give it the same marks for stability as the Bibby Pro, but it ‘s still quite stable for a powder ski, and I think a lot of people will be happy with how well it holds up at speed.

Uneven/Variable Terrain: I really dig the construction of the Line Supernatural 115 in roughed up variable terrain. I found that the ski really absorbs the terrain well, and even at speed I felt like it could handle chop well. I never felt like I was getting bounced around too much. I did find myself softening my knees and letting my body absorb a bit of the terrain, but I never felt widely out of control when I came in hot. On the other hand, the ski is quick and maneuverable for it’s size, and I found it was just as capable maneuvering through variable terrain as it was skiing over it. It really opens up the ski for some creativity, and I found myself playing around a lot off of the trail. So is the Supernatural a super powerful charger? Not entirely, but it has enough stiffness and power underfoot to blast through the terrain pretty well. There’s plenty of aki to absorb the terrain, and there’s plenty of life to maneuver through.

Bottom Line: Brian and I really like the Line Supernatural 115. While it might be a little wide to be a daily driver for some, I think a lot of skiers will really like the ski for its versatility. It was capable in powder, fun and energetic on groomers, playful when you wanted it to be, and damp, stable, and powerful at speed and in variable. The only skis that I think I could compare them to is maybe the Bibby Pro, and maybe the 4FRNT YLE, but there are some key differences between these skis. First off, the Bibby is quite a bit more aggressive and powerful. For me, that ski really is the epitome of a powder charger. The Supernatural 115 is similar, but in a slightly more relaxed way. It doesn’t feel like quite as much of a ski, and although it can and will cater to aggressive skiers, the Supernatural will feel more approachable at slower speeds, and less stable and powerful at super high speeds. The YLE also feels slightly similar, but has a slightly more playful and loose feel. The YLE isn’t nearly as energetic of a carver, and isn’t nearly as quick from edge to edge. Maybe it’s more similar to the Liberty Origin, but again I feel like the Supernatural is a bit more damp, while still being super energetic. Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, but the Supernatural feels a bit like a combination of the Bibby, YLE, and Origin. It’s stable and powerful at speed. It’s energetic and quick from edge to edge, and finally it’s playful and loose when you want it to be.

 

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Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

Skier Level

Intermediate - Expert

Ski Style

Powder

Ski Width

Wide

Ski Shape

Directional Twin

Camber Profile

Rocker/Camber/Rocker

Core Material

Maple Macroblock, Metal, Carbon

Turning Radius

21m

Manufactured in

On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Moderate

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Versatility

Moderate

Playfulness

Some

Powder

Great

Carving

Good

Speed

Great

Uneven Terrain

Great

Switch

Good

Moguls

Good

Trees

Great

Jumps

Good

Jibbing

Average

Pipe

Poor