Prophets are a really fantastic one-ski quiver option for someone living out west or in the alps. Alternatively they'd be great as the fat part of a 2 ski quiver in the east (or anywhere) or also as the everyday option in a 3-ski (park, all mtn, mega fat) quiver. They perform admirably all over the hill and would score 10 if the bases (which are still very good) were as epic as the rest of the skis performance.
I've fallen in love with this ski. It is everything I was hoping for, and more.
Big Mountain: So so good doing big turns on open faces, inspires confidence and is stable when conditions become variable. Shortish turn radius makes it easy to turn in tight trees, it's a solid platform landing cliffs and light for a fat ski which is great when you sling 'em on your back to hike.
On Piste: They absolutely rail on piste- carving super-g or gs turns is so fun on prophets and they have so much energy out of the turn, particularly compared to seths. Couldn't really find a speed limit and I've pushed them pretty hard. One thing I would say is that when on piste, bigger is better turns-wise: really short turns aren't so easy but what do you expect: they're 100mm undefoot!
Freestyle: Nothing I've said about their performance so far should come as a surprise- every review you can read echos what I've said about their all-mtn dominance. However, i was very (pleasantly) surprised by their performance in the park on off booters. Nobody really has said much about how they are in the park and I can tell you I love 'em there! As I say, they're light for the size so spinning is no problem and the mount point is plenty far forward so riding switch is good. Overall far better in the park than say Seths or Gotamas...
I love the graphics- simple, understated yet very pretty. The graphic fits together on both sides which is a plus as you haven't got to wear them on the same side each time: result- both edges get used not just inside two. Jackpot!
Pretty much what you expect- not the cheapest fat twins around, but by no means unreasonable. Anyway, worth every penny.
Exactly right for its intended purpose and my size. For reference, its my "do everything" ski on good days. I take it out on pow days, for BC booters, natural hit sessions, cruising on the piste and laps through the park. I'm about 6'1" and 170lbs and like I said, 186 is perfect.
Stiff underfoot (for a twin), softer at tip, medium tail.
Overall, stiff enough to be stable in varied condistions at high speed but not too stiff to be fun in pow and in the park...
One thing I noticed was that the bases seem quite soft. Not rediculously so but a couple of times I clipped a loose stone, not expecting the bases to be scratched but being a little disappointed that they were. That said, a few times I've hit rocks hard on them and no core shots so i guess the bases are pretty bomber after all. Normal wear on tip and tail but topsheet generally holding up perfectly after 3 weeks or so.
An insane all mountain ski for someone who skis like 80% off piste and wants to charge hard everywhere on the mountain...sooooo fun
This ski simply performs better in a wider range of conditions than any ski I've ever had. In chop it is completely unparalleled, you simply carve away and the ski blasts through everything; it almost makes it seem like you can float crud the way you can float powder. Of course they kill it in the deep snow, and at high speeds you can really flex the ski and rip on the groomers. Even at low speed the ski manuevers remarkably easily for it's size. The only time they don't do so well is in icy conditions or big tight moguls...but what ski really does do well there?
The graphic is pretty hard to argue with, very nice, and quite mellow by Line's standards. And these skis, just by nature of their size (and the purdy graphics) make you feel good just carrying them around...I'd say they have a high "badass factor"
For a big mountain ski that performs this well new for 550 w/o bindings is an awesome deal. Spend some money on decent bindings because you really just want to go ridiculously fast when your on these skis...I got the scratch bindings with the din's that go up to 14 and are partially metal (my din's are on 13 and I still release once a day...go fast, fall hard)
stiff....plain and simple. I have the 186 cm and I'm like 6' 2" about 185 and I can barely get a flex out of them when I lean all the way back on my tails. It's an absolutely great ski to charge hard on but not buttery at all.
So far, so good...we'll see but they look beastly
Highly recommended ski. It absolutely rips, and is a blast everywhere on the mountain.
In powder and crud they simply rock. They will blast through or float over anything. I have zero complaints at all when there's any extra snow on the ground. Even groomers are fun and they handle all the speed you can throw at them. They're not the best when it gets a bit icey, but that's not what they're designed to do. Didn't get in the park too much, but they seemed pretty stable on any kickers and landed well.
I love the overall design of the Prophets. Of couse that's purely personal preference, but I think the graphics should have a pretty wide appeal and look good in person as well.
I actually bought the demo skis (which looked brand new) with bindings for $550. The bindings are Salomon Z12ti, so I think I got a pretty good deal. I know a lot of people have knocked on Salomon's bindings, but this is will be my third pair and I have had no problems yet.
Just about the perfect amount of flex. Stiff enough to hold a ton of speed on and off piste, yet never feels like too much ski and can still be flexed at slower speeds if you need to.
Since I've only had about 6 or 7 days on the skis I can't say anything about long term durability, but they definitely look they will hold up great. I also unfortunately hit a pretty good amount of hidden rocks in Breck's bowls and the bases handled it like a champ.
Great skis. I highly recommend them to powder and big mountain skiers.
Since people were cool enough to respond to my "Seths v. Prophets" thread, I thought I'd report back. I went with the Prophets because (a) I liked what I had read about them; (b) they are a little stiffer than the Seths; and (c) I just had a good feeling about them.
I love my Prophets. I've only put two days on my prophets (today and yesterday), but they've served me very well.
Powder: Fucking perfect. Both today and yesterday I got several long, knee-high to waist-high powder runs here at Alyeska, which, by the way, got 283 inches of snow in, and my prophet were incredible. With my old mid-fats, I was always stuck in second gear when I got into the trees. But with my Prophets I could absolutely charge with confidence through the tightest of trees and hole shots.
Steeps: I did a few runs down Aly's Christmas Chute, which is about a 45-50 degree narrow chute that runs about 1500 feet before opening up. I had total control with the Prophs. The stiff tail does an excellent job of dumping excess speed. Also, the skis' light weight makes it easy to throw them around or do Scott Schmidt-style jump turns when needed. I didn't do any big-cliff drops, but the skis felt fine on a couple 6-10 foot drops.
Crud: Fine. I tend to do big GS turns pretty fast, and the Prophets were pretty stable under foot.
Bumps and Groomers: I didn't spend much time on either, but the Prophets seem fine when I did. At 100mm in the middle, they aren't super quick from edge to edge. But they have a good sidecut (33.5) and are fairly stiff for wide twins. Bumps are very doable and even fun. As for groomers, these skis aren't going to deliver a lot of pop of a turn like other skis, but they are decent for big GS turns and stable at high speeds.
Park: I didn't spend much time at Aly's diminutative park. I did one lap and the skis felt fine doing a 3 and a 5. They're okay switch but not great. I don't plan on taking them on any rails.
Size: I got the 186s. I'm 6'1", 190 lbs and ski fairly aggresively. The 186s were easy to move around yet stable at high speeds. Indeed, I'm not sure why they don't make a larger size, say 192s. I'd recommend people to go bigger with these skis.
Caveat: My old big-mountain skis were six-year-old mid fats. This was my first time on fat skis. I have no basis of comparison with similar skis like Seths and Gotamas, though I've almost nothing but good things about them.
The graphics aren't bad but aren't great. I liked this fact as there is little pretense about these skis.
I got mine new for $600. This seems like a good value as it's a little cheaper than comparable skis like the Seths, Gotamas, Guns, and Mojo 105s.
Soft enough for powder but stiff enough to be used all over the mountain. The tail is nice and stiff, so it's easy to dump speed after straight-lining.
Couldn't say yet.