• Line Eric Pollard's Opus 2011

      • Review by Jibbidy on Dec 31, 1969 @ 7:00 PM
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        Overall

        Line has made one damn incredible and fun-as-hell-to-ski POWDER ski. And you should damn well get them if you want a more dedicated pow ski. And you might agree with me or not for saying this, but, they are too pretty to take in the park. Their just so out of their element there design wise anyways. Like, they're beasts. If you can only have one pair of skis, from my personal experience, something around 105mm or less underfoot is way more practical, just feels easier. For pow and lots of it, the Opus is top-tier.

        Performance

        POW
        Moving on to what they're made for...powder....oh my god. Honestly the best way I can describe the float is like having carvable hovercrafts attached to your feet. They really plane. The near center mounting point worried me about tip dive but they're boats that never sink, even going super slow. It's soo enjoyable being on top of bootdeep+ pow all of the time. They're surfy and smear nicely, and you can throw them sideways on top of the pow in a way that will blow your mind. Buttering in pow is made easier, and you never get hung up. They aren't so stable for high speed charging, however, being softer and more symmetrical than burlier construction charger skis. I mean, I can manage it but they really want to make shorter mellower arcs given the quick sidecut/early taper. That's Eric Pollards style, especially these days, after all.


        GROOMERS
        On groomers, they're great, not blow-your-mind (well duh they are so wide), but great. Some people say "omg hellbents/bacons/eps/jjs/etc. carve SO insanely amazingly awesome good on groomers" but trust me take a narrow more directional ski for a hard corduroy rip, and it's a better experience. What I'm saying is, it's not the most ideal one-quiver ski one could think of buying. you do have better options.


        HARD CHOP/DEBRIS/ETC
        There are better skis for "trucking" through the worst of snow conditions, stiffer, narrower skis that don't deflect/bounce so much. The trade off is that they are really poppy, a nice flex, which is the best in soft snow

        Design

        Before you buy this ski, I think it's important that you acknowledge the design.  Dim 141-118-137...notice the tails are so big that it's nearly a symmetrical ski.  The rocker is the same front and back and the recommended mounting point is near centered.  What does this mean?  It means it skis switch in powder really well with no tail dive.  If switch in pow does not interest you, then there are more directional skis that will offer more stable forward performance.  Basicallly with a 118 underfoot, near center mounted, near symmetrical, softer powder ski, you really have to know what your doing.  Skis like this punish you for too much riding backseat.  Stay centered and they will turn on a dime for you.
        Overall the design is so good, and I wouldn't change a thing.  I'd prefer a longer sidecut, but that would come with a longer length if it existed.

        Value

        Expensive just like most nice powder skis but you get what you pay for with this ski.  The graphics are so relaxing and not in your face all the time.  The white blends in with the powder when your riding them and the red trees stand out...it's super nice. 

        Fit

        I'm 6'3 170lbs and obivously got the 185cm.  I would take a 192 IF they made it.  I would prefer a stiffer ski if it were 192, however.

        Characteristics

        The flex is on the soft side, and really, really poppy/snappy.  The amount of flex is perfect for powder, in my opinion.  Still stiff enough not to plow.

        Durability

        These seem really well-made.  I trust line.  The white topsheets don't show scratches much at all, which is nice.

        Ratings:
        • Terrain
          Park
          Pow
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Flex
          Soft
          Stiff
        • Camber
          Cambered
          Rockered
        • Pop
          No Pop
          Poppy
        • Stability
          Jittery
          Stable
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    • Name:
    • Eric Pollard's Opus
    • Manufacturer:
    • Line
    • Year:
    • 2011
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Terrain
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      Pow
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Flex
    • Soft
      Stiff
    • Camber
    • Cambered
      Rockered
    • Pop
    • No Pop
      Poppy
    • Stability
    • Jittery
      Stable
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