very good skis for the price, but not a one ski quiver if you live out west, a pair of powder skis complement these very well. i would recomend these to any one looking for a fun park ski that is stable in landing jumps and very poppy.
these skis were very, very good as far as performance in park and fooling around every where is concerned, however in powder they werent the best, mostly due to the center mounting. however as any thing can be done (well okay you cant eat the sun) these can be skied in powder to some success.
looks like a shirt you would get at a truck shop.
good value for a good performing ski.
im about 5'7" 5'8" maybe and got the 171 and it fit well, maybe a 175 would be better, but no biggie.
these aren't stiff skis by any means, however this is only a good point on a ski of this type, as they were meant to be flexed to get the most performance out of them . also the butter zones only add to this, i found it hard to click into my bindings then it was to butter.
as i lost one of my skis i can not give a full report on this but after finding my after being burried under snow for 6 months, i can say that they are very water resistant.
9/10/ great price. great ski. read the rest of the review.
These skis performed fantastically for me. I skied on them fairly often outside of the park and they did super well. they hold an edge, ski switch better than any ski ive ever ridden, butter awesomely, and are super poppy. its the perfect jib ski. the 93mm waist underfoot makes the ski really stable on rails and bigger jumps giving more confidence knowing that the ski will hold up well to anything you throw at it.
i did ski it a lot out of the park as well and in pow, they actually suprised me quite a bit as to how well they handle pow. the soft flex allows for the tips to rise up from the pressure of the snow and they float decently. the only problems i had with the ski were in cruddy mash potato snow, where i would get tossed around pretty decently, but what could you expect from a center mounted soft ski? and lastly the tips and tails dont rise as much as i would like. i found that when i was in any sort of softer snow, the tips would occasionally dive. i also lacked the confidence in the ski when dropping cliffs because if i would land even the littlest bit foward then the tips would dive and i would go over the tips.
overall they performed great in almost everything i encountered.
super sick design, but icould almost care less. i never look at my feet when im skiing anyway.
i got these at a screaming deal, brand new, this seasons for $250.00. i almost never get anythiing at retail price, i just dont do that, but i would even give the retail price for these which is 379.
i am 5'10" and im riding the 178's and they are perfect. these skis need to be center mounted so i would go anything shorter than 178 for anybody bigger than 5'8" weighing more than like 130 pounds.
The flex overall is soft. Underfoot, the flex is pretty sturdier to withstand going fast and landing hard, and in order for it to hold an edge well. The Anthems have the butter zones in the tip and the tail, which is basically a specific point on the ski where the flex softens making it so that the ski always butters in the same spot, making butters much more consitant. The skis are laterally stable although making holding an edge much better, and giving the ski good performance outside of the park as well.
so far after a season they are fine. the fatty base and edge technology is awesome. my bases are still almost flawless, no edge cracks, no deep scratches nothing. the topsheet durability is average, chips here and there but the lacquer on the ski doesnt hold up very well. that is a very minor problem though.
overall, the bases and edges are fantastic, topsheet average. my rossi topsheets held up way better.
Overall, this is the most amzing ski i have ever skied on. Durable, cheap, solid. Not much more to it.
The first day i used these (today) i was at Mt Hood Meadows, my home hill. We had soft, fresh snow on the groomers with about 6-8 inches of fresh fluffy powder on the non-groomed runs. They performed PERFECTLY in everything i encountered. Some people, especially the ones who have never even ridden or seen this ski, are saying that due to the felxiness of the ski they are unable to charge, unable to handle high speed, unable to handle chopped-up crud. Once again, these people are WRONG. They can hold an amazing edge at high speeds, and are not to flexy for regular skiing. Due to the eliptical sidecut, the harder you pressure the ski, the more it will turn. This is very true, you have to feel it to believe it. SWITCH!! Due to the symmetrical/center mount nature of this ski, they ski the exact same switch. I have never skied on anything more solid switch, they carve great and butter the same as forwards.
All i have been hearing about on the forums is how the graphics look gay, or how they look like a truck stop t-shirt that truckers wear, or that Line screwed up this year with the graphics. To all the haters out there: shut-up. When you are riding this ski, it just looks black due to all the snow being on it and its dark color. Personally, i love that look. When you are on the chair with no snow on them, i think they look pretty sweet. Everyone always asks, what kind of skis are those? What are those graphics of? I think Line hit it dead on with the graphics this year, especially with the flip flop image so it looks the same backwards.
I was going to get these skis last year, but due to the screw-up with KISS and the topsheet, i had to wait till this year to get them. BOY, WAS IT WORTH THE WAIT! I bought these from untracked.com, the best ski shop i have ever used, for retail of $379. This is a steal for this great of a ski! I paid almost as much just for bindings, which are Look P18's, the last year of the turntable heel. This is such a great price, and Al's Ski Barn (untracked.com) mounted my bindings for free before shipping them to me, also free of charge.
I am 6'3" and i ski on the 178 length. These lenght is absolutely perfect. My bindings are mounted at true center, there is plenty of tip and tail, and they are proportional to my size.
The butter zones in the Line Anthem are amazing. Period. To everyone that says they are too flexy to charge stuff, you are wrong. They feel super stable at high speeds, then when you are just messing around with butters, the ski always hinges in the same point, butters are easy and super fun with this ski. These are also fairly poppy, not the most pop I've ever felt, but they are definitley not noodles.
I must say, due to early season conditions at Hood, i have truly broken in these skis. I have about 4 fairly "nice" hits on these bases, but so far, they have held up actually very well. I ran sideways over a huge rock once, and straight over one another time. The edges barely got dinged-up, and some p-tex has escaped from the hold of the base, but to a fairly low extent for the amount of force that i hit the rocks with. No topsheet chipping at all due to cap construction. These held up great for a big first day abuse session. I am not worried at all about delam either, Line has worked so hard the alst two years to correct the problem they had with the early invaders, and Lines warranty is also amazing, in the case of something happening to them.