List Price US $699
Line Sir Francis Bacon Ski Review
Approx. Weight Feels Light
Skier Level Intermediate - Advanced
Ski Style All-Mountain
Ski Width Wide
Ski Shape True Twin
Camber Profile Rocker/Camber/Rocker
Core Material Partly Cloudy
Turning Radius 17.4m @184cm
Manufactured in
Powder Good
Carving Good
Speed Average
Uneven Terrain Average
Switch Good
Moguls Good
Trees Good
Jumps Good
Jibbing Good
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Easy

Flex

Medium

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Versatility

High

Playfulness

Moderate

Line Sir Francis Bacon 2019 - 2018 Review by A Better Ski

Today I am taking out the 2018-19 Line Sir Francis Bacon.  Winter is coming to an end and I am looking for an all-mountain ski that is fun and versatile.  Spring skiing is all about having fun.  The snow changes from hard and fast to super soft mashed potatoes over the course of about 2 hours.  Skis must be versatile and ready for anything is they are to perform well.  Let’s see if the Sir Francis Bacon can handle the test.

Thanks to P3 in Mammoth Lakes for the demo.

Size: 184cm

Days: 1

Riders: Dan

Conditions: Spring

Boots: Lange FR 130

 

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 is a single quiver kind of ski that can go anywhere and do anything on the mountain.  With that said, if you are looking for an amazing experience on the soft stuff, you need to match up with the following scenarios: First, if you weigh no more than 160lbs.  So smaller guys, or younger like teenagers.  Second, if you at a skier level of intermediate to advanced and are looking for a ski that will help you gain confidence off the groomers.  If you do not fit in these categories, this ski is not stiff enough or wide enough to handle big powder lines at high speeds.  Check out my review on the Line Pescado if you are looking for a powder ski.

Turn Initiation and Carving:  The Line Sir Francis Bacon likes to turn at a 17.4.  If nothing else, this ski is playful, likes to cruise and is easy to turn.  With Symmetric Flex, 5-Cut™ Geometry, Early Rise™, and Early Taper™ this ski is fun to turn.  It can make short, medium and long turns depending on how aggressively you turn but it is most comfortable cruising at medium speeds with a casual, medium turning radius.

Speed: As I just stated, the Line Sir Francis Bacon seems most comfortable at a medium rate of speed.  It works at lower speeds but you do have to be forward on this ski or you will loose your ability to control it.  At higher speeds this ski doesn’t perform well as the ski starts to feel loose and you can really feel the bumps on choppy snow.  This is why I recommend these skis for those skiers in the intermediate to advanced skier categories who don’t let their speed get too high.

Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Line Sir Francis Bacon is playful and easily maneuvered.  It can be fun and playful, a real all mountain jibber, just as long as you are not trying to go fast.  High speed crud was tough on this ski.  They got knocked around pretty hard.

Edge Hold:  The Line Sir Francis Bacon is a fun ski turn and make medium length turns at a cruising speed.   This ski prefers soft snow and doesn’t have the grip to perform well on hard packed surfaces.  When I got these things going fast on hard packed snow, I found a lot of edge chatter and a didn’t feel totally in control.  For an all-mountain ski with better edge grip for higher speeds, check out my review on the Line Vision 108.

Bottom Line:   With all this said, I thought that the Line Sir Francis Bacon was fun but it wasn’t the ski for me.  I feel like this would be a great ski for those skiers who like to cruise around at medium speeds and are learning how to explore and play on natural terrain features.  These skis are fun and playful and easy to turn. For the right person, this could be the only ski you need.

 

 

 
Line Sir Francis Bacon Past Reviews

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

Size: 178cm

Days: 1

Riders: Matt

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.

 
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2016

 
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