• Line Sir Francis Bacon 2016

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      • Review by Eugene.Cech on Nov 10, 2015 @ 3:14 AM
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      • Reviewed Ski Size: 184 (136-104-132) Review:

        Living in New Zealand, I managed to nab a pair of these fairly early in time for the NZ 2015 season, and mounted them on the recommended ‘pollard’s pick’ line with some Atomic Warden bindings (effectively a non-touring version of the tracker). My first impression lifting them out of the box was wow these are light! As other reviews note, they almost compare to a touring setup they are so light. Almost too light, but more on that later.

        Their first foray was in 25cm of wet and heavy fresh stuff, and they fought remarkably well despite my early-season inadequacies. On the man-made hard pack they surprised me again, attacking carves like a ski much narrower underfoot no doubt thanks to the 17m radius and super low weight. However like Mr Bishop, I did discover they have a speed limit, but I can probably thank my racing background for that. On trips away from my home mountain when I couldn't afford to bring a dedicated park ski they performed fantastically, the ridiculously low swing weight making everything in the park a breeze.

        Disclaimer: I'm not a park rat so take that with a grain of salt.

        Where they truly shined, however, was at Treble Cone where I was given a mixed bag of super light (for NZ anyway) 30cm on the top summit slopes but progressively more solid further down (thanks warm northerly rain for ruining that). The SFBs just took it in their stride, the camber allowing for some control on the ice-fields but the rockered tip and tail giving me enough lift to hoot and holler down the summit slopes. They're marketed as all-mtn fun sticks, playful and poppy, and at Treble Cone they had me searching for elusive transitions and hucking off the cat track. Man, were the SFBs playful.

        For me, this sums up the 2016 SFB: fun but fragile. They'll have you yelling with gnar as you pop off various natural or man made features trying to copy Cody Townsend in ‘Days of My Youth’, but after only ten days of riding one of the tips completely delaminated. Completely. I was heartbroken, for this was a sign of terrible design and an end to the fun, but apparently Line had 'construction issues' and had pulled the production of the new SFB after I purchased them (I had the only pair in the country). So if you are considering these puppies, just bear in mind that Line has perhaps gone a bit far with the whole ‘weight reduction’ thing and hasn’t left enough ski behind. For those of you that swear by Line there’s hope yet, as they are apparently beefing the SFB back up for 2017 to fix this issue.

        For me, I think it’s time to find another brand.

        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
    • Product Information
    • Name:
    • Sir Francis Bacon
    • Manufacturer:
    • Line
    • Year:
    • 2016
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • 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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      Score: 10