The Line Soulmate 86 is a good intermediate level front-side carver. It has a forgiving flex and is easy to get on edge. It’s fun and energetic on groomed and easy to turn in soft snow.
Conditions: Soft Chop, Groomed, Hard Pack
On the Snow Feel: The Line Soulmate 86 is easy to maneuver and easy to get on edge. It’s fun and capable on the groomers, and has a semi-stable feel.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Line Soulmate 86 is a forgiving ski that was easy to get on edge. It has a moderate to soft flex. It was easy to maneuver and pivot at slower speeds, and didn’t require that you be on edge at all times. It’s pretty nimble and was responsive when you needed it to be.
Speed: The ski has a soft to medium flex and didn’t hold up super well at speed.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Line Soulmate 86 is forgiving and easy to maneuver. In soft variable snow it was easy to pivot and turn the ski around bumps and deep tracked out snow. Still, it wasn’t very stable or stable at speed, and in rough variable snow it was easy to get bounced around.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was pretty good, but you didn’t have to be on edge at all times. The ski is very forgiving and it was easy to turn and pivot at lower edge angles.
Bottom Line: The Line Soulmate 86 could be a really good ski for beginner to intermediate skiers that want to learn better technique. It’s forgiving and easy to get on edge, and won’t punish you for being lazy. It’s a fun and capable carver, and was fun in short to medium radius turns at slower speeds. It’s also fun in soft snow, although it can feel a bit out of place once it gets really deep. It’s not super damp or stable, but is also why it’s so forgiving and easy to get on edge.
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