The Line Supernatural 86 was a really fun ski for both Brian and I. It has that playful and fun feel of a Line, but is an edgy and capable front-side carver. This ski really did it all for us. It was lively, energetic, quick from edge to edge, and yet very playful, and easy to vary turn shape. At the same time the ski is actually pretty stable, and as fun as it was on smooth groomers, it was certainly capable in a bit of tracked out snow. I think this could be a good ski for carvers that also like to play around a little bit.
Line Supernatural 86 On-Mountain Video Ski Review
Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle: Smith Squad
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Riders: Matt and Brian
Conditions: Groomed, Hard Pack, Soft Chop, Tracked Out, Bumps
Ski Personality: The Line Supernatural 86 is an energetic carver with a playful side.
On the Snow Feel: We really liked the feel of the Line Supernatural 86 because it blends playfulness, liveliness, stability, and quickness really well. I’d say the overall feel is semi-stable.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Line Supernatural 86 is an energetic and lively carver, but it also has a playful and slightly forgiving side. It really makes it pretty easy to get this ski on edge, and I think what I loved most about this ski was that it was just as fun on edge as it was at lower edge angles. The ski is responsive, quick, energetic, and a whole lot of fun. It’s not a pure carver, but has a lot of tenacity when on edge. I feel like old school carvers will find it a bit too loose at times, and probably a bit under-powered for hard charging GS skiers. However, skiers that like to carve short to mid radius turns, and then slide a few turns, and then open it up and make a few long radius turns are really going to like the Supernatural 86. It just seemed capable on any type of edge angle or radius. I think the best way to describe the Supernatural 86 is as a fun, energetic, and playful carver with solid stability.
Speed: For a ski that is as poppy and playful as the Supernatural 86, I was quite surprised at how well it handled speed. I shouldn’t be really surprised given the feel of the other skis in the Supernatural series, but the 86 really is a poppy and energetic ski more so than a charger. Still, there is enough metal and torsional stiffness to really allow the ski to handle speed well. I think it was most fun at moderate speeds, but really could hold up well when you wanted to speed things up and get down the mountain a bit faster.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: I wouldn’t say the Line Supernatural 86 was great in chopped up or tracked out snow, but it was good. For such a fun carver it still has a surprising amount of maneuverability and playfulness. It’s a ski that didn’t have to be on edge at all times. Sure it’s really fun on edge, but then you could lower the edge angle and slide, smear or skid a few turns. I found when encountering variable terrain it was fun to lower the edge angle and just float and surf over the snow. Sure at 86mm underfoot, it doesn’t have the same stable platform as the Supernatural 115 (Another ski we loved), but it’s damp and stable for it’s size.
Edge Hold: Again, the Line Supernatural 86 really isn’t a front-side specialist really, but it does an awesome job of blending stability and edge hold with that playful feel. I wouldn’t pick the Supernatural for an icy day, but on hard packed groomers I would have plenty of confidence.
Bottom Line: I think what we liked most about the Line Supernatural 86 is that you could ski it as aggressive or as timidly as you wanted to. Hard chargers will like the dampness and stability, while playful skiers will love the ability to smear, slid, and make turns of any shape and speed. The ski is easy to get on edge, and yet super quick once you get it there. It was really fun, lively, and energetic in short to medium radius, and yet has the stability to open it up a bit longer. At the same time it was so easy to maneuver and pivot the ski at slower speeds. I think it’s really one of the more versatile front-side all-mountain ski, and one that many will be able to use as a daily driver.
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