Overall i'd say its a great ski. I mean its not supposed to be an all mountain ski. Its supposed to kill rails and butter and thats exactly what theyre good at.
I'd say it was pretty good in the park. I wish they had a faster bace because hitting jumps was really a pain. When I took em out to a real mountain and rode for a few days switched out to someone else and rode suspects. Then learned why afterbangs were not all mountain skis.. They can hold up but if your going to be skiing much all mountain I suggest getting a different ski.
I didn't really like the graphics to be honest they just looked stupid to me haha. You should also realize because these skis are wood they will splinter your fingers. This is very annoying.
I'd say they were pretty good value I bought em for 50% off and got 1 season out of them. If they were my size I could probably get another half season or so out of them.
Well when I bought the afterbangs I really wanted them to be able to last knowing I would grow. So I bought the 155s and they were towering over me. 1 season later im much taller then them. So to be honest theyre wasn't much I could do.
The afterbangs are very buttery as line sells them to be. When I first got these skis I was about 105 pounds. I could still butter reasonably easy although I rode em a little bit more now and they are way flexier just because of my weight difference now 120ish. If you do buy these skis please note it takes a few days on hill for them to "break in" then they become much flexier.
For me in 1.2ish (50 days bout 40ish park) season the top sheet graphics painted on around the edges had chipped off. I got 4-5 edge cracks in 1 season on each ski.(I did detune my edges) and thats pretty much it other then all the edge cracks I got no serious damage.
Overall these skis are sick and you'll have a ton of fun on them if yer mainly a park skier especially just throwin three's and handplants down normal trails but they really excel in the park. You'll deffinatly get yer moneys worth out of these skis too and the performance will stay relativly smooth throughout the season. These skis really helped me progress so i'd deffinatly recomend them to a freind.
The performance was good especially in the early season but i go every weekend so by spring the edges were worn and the base was pretty beaten up so getting speed was hard especially in the slush. LINE also advertises that this ski is very light but with all the wood it really isn't, its not a heavy ski either though so switchups and 270's on and off were still pretty easy. This ski is mainly for jibbing but it still held up well on medium jumps or just flyin down the mountain. Last thing is really important, these skis are mainly for jibbing but they were still super fun on the rest of the mountain there mainly an east coast ski though in my opinion since my mountain got about 3 or 4 pow days this whole season.
The design on these skis isn't too hot not many of my friends liked the design (about 1 out of 15) but if yer like me youll buy a ski for the durability and performance and the design is just whatever you get. But i've seen the afterbangs for next year and they look pretty sick so thats a nice bonus for 2011-2012.
The value for these skis was great i really didnt have money for a ton of gear this season so the fact that these skis were relatively cheap was really helpfull (sorry dont remember exactly how much they were i wana say in the 350 range). So i would probably buy these skis again. (i'll deffinatly buy the new ones though whenever i can get new skis)
The fit for me was very good i got 177's and i'm about 6'1'' so the skis were at about eye level which i like this is probably something different for everyone though since some like skis shorter and others like them longer. The width of the skis was pretty skinny as should be for a park ski.
If you've watched any of the LINE videos on the construction of the Afterbang they would tell you that from the way the wood is stacked in the Afterbang ski it sculpts butterzones in the tip and tail. These videos are very true to the performance i noticed a lot of flex in the ski when doing nose butter 3's or nollies and if you really throw yer weight into it you'll feel a powerfull snap back thanks to the ollie band they put into the ski.
The only thing that i was really worried about was that the Afterbangs get chipped pretty easy especially if yer jibbing daily but even though they may look like they're only gonna last about another week yer good for at least the rest of the season. Mine looked pretty shitty mid season and everyone was telling me theyd only last another month tops but here i am at the end of the season and it looks like they're good for next year too.
Overall, these skis are a great deal for the money. They ski great forward or switch, they slay rails like crazy, and are the perfect flex.Â If you have a small budget, these skis are great. If you have a little more money, buy two pairs and when one gives out, switch it with another ski! I did have a unfortunate accident during preseason which dented the tip of one ski but after an epoxy, it skied just like new. I rated these 8/10 because of the topsheet durability problem and the base that just does not hold wax. Otherwise, I really like this ski. If you want a dope looking ski that can butter and stomp, and you want to have lots of fun on the mountain, pick up a pair during the summer sales for super cheap!
The ski is extremely nice aside from two things:
1.Â The top sheet chips like crazy (but that does not affect the performance)
2.Â The bases are pretty darn slow, but I think it would be different if you wax every day before skiing. I waxed them once and skied them about half a season and it was getting slow near the end.
The graphics are sick! I have gotten many complements on them (even from a snowboarder!) and I think they look amazing.Â The symmetrical flex and design of the ski make it kill switch and after getting used to them from my non-center mounted, super tiny, noodle skis, they are great for carving too. They are AH-MAY-ZING on rails and stomp everything. I couldn't stay on a 15 foot rail consistantly the whole way before i got these skis and the first day i skied them, i could get the whole rail every time! i love these for jumps as well even though people say they are super noodley.Â The one flaw I see in the design is a all wooden top sheet with no protective plastic covering or anything to further prevent chipping.
For the price I paid for these sticks, ($215 shipped from Porters Tahoe) I would say they are a great deal. I grew to love them more and more every day. If you can get over the fact that they will chip, these skis should definitely be in your consideration when looking for park slayers.
I went from a 152 ski to a 166 and i couldnt be happier. AlthoughÂ I have no idea how a 177 would ski for me, being from the midwest where its basically all rails, a shorter ski is what I like.Â
The flex on the Line Afterbang is perfect, in my opinion. i am 5'10" and 135 pounds and they are super stable on jumps (the biggest i have hit with them is a 35' step over) yet are still buttery enough to play around in the park and all around the mountain. The Carbon Ollieband also make the ski pop like none other and ollies and nollies are a breeze.
This is the one part of the ski that is not the greatest. The top sheet chips like CRAZY but it does not affect performance at all. The edges are super solid and stand rail abuse, but onlyÂ to a certain extent of course.