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THESE SKIS ARE SO FUN. Awesome for rails, groomers, etc. So so so so playful. I've skied them in MN and although you can't really take them through rough icy chunks and what not because they're so soft. Not a charging ski. BUT, so fun for playing around in the park and groomers all over the hill. New cap construction for 2015, large improvement over 2014 TCs.
Most people here will be familiar with the Traveling Circus, as the web-series by Line bearing the same name is one of the most popular series around, but how do the skis really ski?
Ski: Line Traveling Circus 14/15
Length skied: 178cm
Mount: True Center
Days skied: 7
Reviewer height/weight: 5'9, 170 lbs
Conditions: Packed powder, Man made snow, Ice (standard early-season east-coast conditions)
The Traveling Circus (TC) has been redesigned from last years model, and although I have not ridden the previous iterations of the TC, this version of it has quickly become my favorite ski I have ever ridden, bar-none.
The TC is a mid-width, jib-tastic ski that does surprisingly well outside of the park, considering it seems to be essentially designed for butters and presses. It features camber throughout the majority of the ski with a slight early rise near the tip and tail, combined with Lines "ButterZone" technology. The ski is constructed with a combination of cap and sidewall construction, with a cap throughout the center of the ski, and sidewalls out near the tip and tail.
What all these features add up to be, is a extremely playful and poppy ski, that can still throw down some decent carves on groomers. With fairly fresh edges, the ski would carve as hard as I was capable of pushing it. The limiting factor being the poor early season East coast conditions.
Line designed this ski for the park however, and boy did they put together one hell of a ski. Its the most fun ride I have ever had. As stated earlier, it carves pretty well but when you weight the tips or tails heavily, the "ButterZone" comes into effect. These skis will butter for days if you know how to push them. My butters have improved dramatically since stepping into these. Nollie's off the tips bounce you upwards with noticeable force. Once you are up on rails, the added width underfoot really helped me get more stable on rails. You can really tell these things were designed to jib.
As far as durability is concerned, I think they will hold up decently well. They have yet to show any wear other than a few top-sheet chips and I have really hammered on them hard so far this season. They seem to be very well constructed overall.
My only criticism with the ski comes from its aesthetic design. The top-sheet is designed to look like a snowboard and the tips and tails are actually patterned to look like snow. I am a skier, not a snowboarder. I want my skis to look like skis. The snow design on the tips means potentially losing them under deeper snow. Not really an issue unless you are skiing the trees, but I could see it occasionally leading to hitting some trees out in the glades. Finally, if you are looking to hit truly massive jumps or you spend lots of time in the pipe, you will probably want to look at a stiffer ski.
Overall, if you are Primarily a park-rat who focuses on rails, these skis are unequivocally for you. They are buttery, playful and fun, but can hold their own on the groomers. I can see them being an excellent 1-ski quiver option for the jib-minded rider. I hope Line does not have any plans to re-design them again anytime soon, because when this pair dies, I will be buying another without hesitation.
Lines traveling circus might be done since they did not appear in the 2016 showcase but the 2015 model is still a great set of skis. They are slightly wider than your average park ski, and this gives you a surprising amount of stability on boxes and rails, and are great for presses. Their "Butterzones" do exactly what they are supposed to, taking away wait and giving you smooth reliable butters, the only issue with this is that they can get a wee bit flappy and chattery when your ripping down groomers. With saying this they are great for taking around the whole mountain, being a wider ski they do....alright out of bounds...saying that 3ft deep is not a place to take these. They're design is not as creative as past models, but they do alright, the base looks pretty good when you do see it. Overall they are a solid, middle of the line pair of skis. Hope this was helpful to you. Thanks!
The 2015 TC is redesigned from the outgoing model, which was just a repurposed Anthem. The new cap construction, widened footprint, and softened, refined flex make for an insanely playful jib ski.
All mountain capabilities are limited by the noodle-like flex, but this is my perfect rail ski. I'm a fan of the geometry, minimal taper in the sidecut and a progressive midsole means this ski was made to be mounted center and skied switch.
As a midwest-based park rat that seldomly hits jumps, this is a ski I've been waiting a long time for.
Thats right, its a snowboard and snowboarding is cooler than skiing in every way, right? Right! Either way this ski is more fun than the anthem but good for everywhere on the mountain. Get with it people skiing is the shit and have fun!