Back for the 2016 season, the Line Supernatural 108 is a fantastic all mountain charger. Like the Sick Day, the Line Supernatural comes in several waist widths (115,108,100,92)for more all mountain versatility. It offers skiers a stable and damp ride, while still offering good float, and easy maneuverability. It also feels quite at home on the groomers, and although it may not be as easy to turn as the Sick Day, it seems more powerful. This is a great ski for those looking to rip all over the mountain. Often times, stable, damp, and heavy skis can feel a bit sluggish and not nearly as good in the deep as something more flexible. The Line Supernatural 108 feels like a nice blend of the two. It’s stable and damp at high speeds, but also has a decent amount of float. The Supernatural also has a lot of pop, and power when carving on the frontside.
Conditions: Groomers, Soft Chop (5”), Hard Pack
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
On the Snow Feel: The Line Supernatural 108 is a stable ski that felt at home on a large variety of terrain and snow conditions. Although it feels stable, it’s not a heavy or dead plank either. It offers a fun and playful ride in deeper snow. It’s not quite as playful or forgiving as the Sick Day, but it doesn’t have that one track mind (Fast and Straight) like a lot of the damp and stable big mountain skis do.
Powder: The early rise rocker, and directional flex (softer in the tip, stiffer in the tail) of the 108, offers a decent amount of float in the deeper snow, but it’s not quite as good as the Sick Day 110. Although the Sick Day is a touch wider underfoot, the biggest difference seems to be the flex pattern in the tip. I wouldn’t necessarily call the Supernatural stiff, but it’s much stiffer than the Sick Day, and although they have similar dimensions and construction, the Supernatural doesn’t plane as well. That being said, the Supernatural is still a decent pow ski, and much better than stiffer skis in this category. Those that spend a lot of time in deep snow, but want a similar ride should check out the Line Supernatural 115.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Again, I would have to give the nod here to the Sick Day. The Sick day is much lighter and easier to maneuver, but the Line Supernatural 108 is quite impressive for a stable hard charging ski. Often stable and damp skis can feel a bit sluggish, or even like a dead plank, but the Supernatural does a nice job of blending both things. It utilizes the same thin tip design and the Sick Day, helping to reduce swing weight and allow for easier maneuverability. The Line Supernatural 108 also has a directional flex (softer tip, stiffer tails), but the tip isn’t as soft as the Sick Day. Still, the Supernatural was easy to turn, and the soft flex made initiation much easier than stiffer planks. You did have to work a bit at slow speeds, but the skis weren’t dead either. Once on edge, the Supernatural was surprisingly lively. The tails of the Supernatural are much stiffer than the tips, and it was pretty noticeable in the turn. While the tips where easy to bend into a variety of turn shapes, the tails were supportive and stable. They also seemed to provide a good amount of power when exiting a turn, and edge to edge transitions where actually pretty quick and lively. At slower speeds I’d give the edge to the Sick Day for its maneuverability, but at higher speeds, the Supernatural had more power and pop, and still allowed for a variety of turn shapes.
Speed: The Line Supernatural 108 has much better stability at speed than the Sick Day. Although they both have a directional flex (softer tips, stiffer tails), the Supernatural has more maple, less aspen, and a metal matrix (making it more rigid overall). In addition the Supernatural also has Line’s Shockwall technology, which utilizes urethane sidewalls to help absorb vibrations and shock. Although I can’t say for sure if that’s what makes it damper, I can say that the Line Supernatural 108 is much more stable at high speeds than the Sick Day.
Uneven Terrain: This is another area where the Line Supernatural 108 gets the nod over the Sick Day. The Sick Day is quite light, and although it does okay in the crud, you need to take a much more bases flat approach at times. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the Supernatural is a set it and forget it type of ski, but it is a very capable crud busting ski. When soft, I had no problem blasting through the crud. This still was true as the snow firmed up, but I found I had to take a bit more aggressive approach, really working to keep my skis from deflecting. It seems like a nice combo of stable and damp, yet playful and quick.
Moguls: The Line Supernatural 108 is pretty quick for such a stable ski. I would still give the nod to the Sick Day for forgiveness and quickness, but the Supernatural was a bit more supportive (I never felt like the tips were too soft). They were also still quite quick and still easy to pivot when needed, without being too much work to swing around.
Edge Hold: The Line Supernatural 108 is more torsionally stiff than the Sick Days, and provide a better edge hold. It doesn’t do a great job in hard frozen snow or ice, but in the medium to hard snow, the Supernatural holds well.
Flex: The Line Supernatural 108 has a directional flex (softer tips, stiffer tails). Although it is much stiffer than the Sick Day, I wouldn’t say it’s a stiff and dead plank either. It still has some decent flex to it, and it’s easy to bend into turns or off of jumps.
Switch: Directional Twin
Jumps and Park: I wouldn’t say this is a great park ski, but it definitely has the pop that Line is known for. I found I could pop off rollers and bumps pretty well. They felt a bit heavy in the air, but they were balanced.
I think the best way to describe the Line Supernatural 108 is that it’s a hard charging ski that isn’t demanding. This is a great ski for those who like to ski fast, and blast through the crud (although not the best in the category), and still want the easy going, and smooth feeling of the Sick Day. It’s maneuverable and quick, and offers great power and stability on the groomers. It’s a great ski for off piste conditions as well, and when you encounter the crud, you won’t have to slow down all that much. It’s not the top of the category for any one criterion, but rather does everything really well. This is definitely closing in on quiver of one territory, and anyone looking to ride all over the mountain should consider the Line Supernatural 108. It’s powerful enough for aggressive skiers, but also has an easy going and playful personality at times.