|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Advanced|
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Line Sakana 2019 - 2018 Review by A Better Ski
Today was looking promising with 1-2 ft. of new snow and the sun was, in theory, suppose to come out for another perfect day on the slopes. I decided to take out the 2019 Line Sakana @181 for the occasion. This is a playful looking ski with a large nose, a lot of side-cut and a distinct swallow tail. This shape looks like a lot of fun so I took them out for a romp on a beautiful looking day. Let’s see how it went. . .
Thanks to P3 in Mammoth Lakes, CA for the demo.
Conditions: Powder, chopped powder, crud
Boots: Lange FR 130
Ski Personality: The 2019 Line Sakana is an easy going, playful ski designed to turn fast and float over soft snow. I would put this ski into the “All Mountain” category as it can make good turns on groomers as well as off piste adventures.
On the Snow Feel: The 2019 Line Sakana has a surfy, loose feel on soft snow. The shape of this ski makes me think that is will perform better on snow that isn’t as deep and heavy and choppy but those are the conditions I found today.
Powder: The 2019 Line Sakana seemed to perform well on smooth snow. The extra large nose and 105 underfoot gave it good float and a stable feel. The deep side-cut and tip rocker allowed the Line Sakana to turn on a dime. It was my opinion that this ski isn’t really for people my size. I felt like it was too small and turny and did’t have the surface area to provide a care-free ride. If you are 5’5″ to 5’9″ like 140 to 160 lbs. the Line Sakana could be a good choice for an “All Mountain” ski. Or if you are in Intermediate skier trying to learn how to get off-piste and learn how to ride in the smooth snow, this ski could be a good choice. Because of how easily it turns, you can build your confidence in the trees and other tight places.
Turn Initiation and Carving: While I did my best to find some groomers so I could report on this category better, I wasn’t able to find one that could give me a good feel. The 2019 Line Sakana has a deep side-cut giving it a 15m. turning radius. They look like they would be a lot of fun on groomers. However, they are a soft, surfy ski and I expect that they wouldn’t have a solid edge grip on harder snow at higher speeds. I’ll try and take them out on a day with more “normal” snow conditions so I can report to you better in this category.
Speed: I felt like the 2019 Line Sakana was more comfortable at slower to cruising speeds. When I got them up to high speeds, they felt loose and I was having a hard time finding the center of the ski. It seemed like the sweet spot in between going over the handle bars and being in the back seat was small on soft snow. Again, I didn’t have a chance to get on some groomers so I’m not sure how they will perform at high speeds on harder snow but I would guess that with the flex and 15m. side-cut that cruising speed is where the Line Sakana wants to be.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: This category is where I felt that me and the Line Sakana didn’t connect. I felt like I was too large for this ski and when I was in choppy snow my skis felt like they were getting tossed around pretty hard and my legs were taking a beating. If you weigh from 140 to 160 I expect that you will find this ski to be more agreeable in broken conditions but for larger guys, there wan’t enough ski for me.
Flex: The 2019 Line Sakana has a soft flex making it ideal for slower to cruising speeds. This is not an aggressive ski that need to be driven. Rather the pronounced side-cut and soft flex makes this ski playful and easily maneuvered.
Bottom Line: I had a lot of fun on the 2019 Line Sakana when the snow was smooth. When things got funky, the ride wasn’t so care free. This ski is for the skier who likes to keep the pace at a regular cruising speed and not for hard charging maneuvers. I recommend this ski for for an intermediate skier who want’s an all mountain ski that can perform on groomers as well as to learn how to turn in soft snow and gain experience playing around in the trees and moguls.
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