Great all mountain ski from Line. With the 90mm waist, it plows through pretty much everything all the while without feeling sloppy going edge to edge. These things carve very well as well, switch riding included.
As for park riding, the durability is a huge plus but I would think most people would find them too stiff and too heavy for park riding.
I would recommend this ski if you needed a one ski quiver though...something to ride everything equally as often.
Very solid ski. I am a fan of a stiff, all-mountain capable ski and the Blend delivered. I have mine mounted at -3.5cm from center and they ride amazing forwards or switch which is a big selling point for me. As an east-coaster who skis a fair share of ice, these hold an edge on them super good too.
Feels super durable and so far they have been. The graphic is amazing too and I get a lot of compliments from people in the lift line on them.
I would pay retail for these if I had to.
I have the 172cm version and its the same length as my 172 MadTrix and 5cm longer then my Larose Pros. So its on par with my other skis for sizing. For reference I'm 5'7 and I think those are the perfect lengths for me.
Stiff all around. Very solid ski for ripping fast and feeling stable on. Skiing switch is also very stable with these skis and they seem to have been designed to do so because they carve switch so well.
Probably not a good park ski because of the weight and stiffness of them.
These things have hit/skied over their fair share of rocks and still no serious base damage. I have ridin these skis in the park, all over the mountian, and I have fallen and thrashed em pretty solid and there is no sign of any sort of damage.
I would liken the construction of these to my Head Mad_Trix which has a history of having bombproof durability. That's how impressed I am with the construction.
A great ski for inbounds all-around skiing. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a 1-ski quiver or anyone transitioning to twin-tips from regular skis.
This is the perfect ski for someone looking for a solid all-mountain ski that performs in a wide variety of resort conditions. I can easily glide through crud, ski moguls, do in-bounds powder, and basic park in these skis. For deeper powder I've wished for a wider ski (2ft+ fresh) and it behaves decently switch, so I've had some limitations in the park, and with 90mm at waist and a wood core, it sucks on ice, but other than that no gripes. An excellent candidate for someone looking for an in-bounds 1-ski quiver.
With the added carbon fiber matrix up top and the midsole 8cm back, this ski is designed to ski forwards excellently in all resort conditions. Skiing switch is not too much of a challenge, although the wide tip will catch edges from time to time, and the set-back stance requires you to wait longer than optimal when taking off switch. The edges are great on rails, although I would recommend a different ski if you're truly jibtastic. The matrix lay-out on the ski gives it a limited mounting versatility. Whereas K2 skis have a braided all-around fiberglass surrounding of the core, which allows you to mount virtually wherever without performance loss, these skis are meant to be mounted at the midsole, and performance is lost elsewhere.
Line makes excellent, highly durable skis for the cheapest price on the market. period.
I am 5'9" 150, and the 179 is perfect for me. A bit long if you're looking to do excessive switch-ups on rails, or for general urban use, as it will lag, but that's not really what its meant for.
The ski has a very solid flex, good for higher speeds through crud, moguls, etc. As far as pressing is concerned, it's not impossible, but will make your shins sore if done in excess. Much easier to do if center mounted, but I do not recommend this as pressing is the only thing it helps.
The top sheet with the graphic has taken some majors chips on the tip and tail, due to botched rails and snowboarders running over them in lift lines (fuck you bastards) but other than that very minor cosmetic problem, they have held their camber perfectly after 60 days so far, rails are mint after 4 tunings, bases are a little scratched, but nothing near the core (and mostly due to trees) and basically has been the most durable ski I've ever had.
Just to note im 5'11 160lbs riding the 179cm mounted 2.5cm back from true center.
I mounted there as i like to ride everywhere, but do lap the park, and love to crusie around and jib away.
The only thing i did notice is that i am ahead of the narrowist part of the ski, but had no problems carving forward or switch. Just need a few more hours on the sticks, to get used to the feel.
These skis will kill it everywhere, and gave me a crap load of confidence.
I Highly Reccomend. These are my favorite skis i have ever ridden.
Line Ski of the Year.
For a 90mm waist ski they have a fair amount of shape, and they rip up the groomers like nothing. Very stable, and for skiing fast on east coast ice, i didn't have any chattering.
Can't wait to try them off piste.
Feel free to bomb anything switch on these sticks.
The combination of width, shape, and flex make this ski want to kill it everywhere. You'll want to jib everything, anywhere, all the time.
The graphics and topsheet finish make the ski look damn good. Best looking ski of the year if you ask me. Wait till you see them in person.
The value for me is unreal, as i got a crazy deal..but for the average consumer saving up their pennies to get a stick that can handling everything, it really doesn't get much better.
With the wood core and Carbon Matrix, these skis have a very snappy responsive feel. Biggest ollies i have ever been able to do.
Stiffer then any other past line skis i had tried, they have a great even flex. (i used to stay away from line as im not a fan of skiing noodles)
These are just stiff enough to charge, but butters and ollies are endless.
Wood Core, Fatty Edge and Base look tough. I have only had them out one day, and spent most of it hiking the two boxes at my local hill (with shitty aluminum coping) and the edges and base held up well, i gotta file down some of the dings before i head out again but the durability looks promising.
The top sheet also looks like it's going to take quite a bit of abuse.
If you're looking for an all-mtn machine I'd recommend the Chronic Blend. Price vs value I am pleased. For reference I'm 24, 5'11" 160lbs and an Expert Skiier.
The ski performed well on all conditions I threw at it...groomers, crud, light pow and east coast ice. A few times I felt off edge coming out of turns but I quickly got used to how it handled. Skiied switch nicely. Overall a very very fun ski.
First day out with these suckers and I got about 6 compliments on the graphics! Asthetically very pleased.
For $449 it was well worth it! Quite happy.
Super poppy ski! Flexed well and responded with a lot of life. Was riding center mounted Scratch's before this and the Chronic Blend's were way better for my style of riding - 80% all-mtn 20% park. I obviously did not get these center mounted.
Only been out for one day so nothing to report on durability.