The 2021 Line Honey Badger, a park ski. A review of Line's entry-level park ski, plus weight and full specs.
Specs and Tech
First, a few words about the shape and profile. On paper these are a rockered park ski, with 3mm rise tip/tail and 3mm camber underfoot. Unweighted, mine had very little rocker to speak of and a lot more camber than that.
The most obvious characteristic of the Honey Badger is they are stupidly fun/easy to play around on. You can flex them with next to no effort in both tip and tail, so you’ll be pressing, buttering and generally having a blast all day long. In fact they are so flexy that you can easily overflex them when buttering. At the same time the swingweight is almost non-existant. They feel incredibly light on your feet.
On-snow and park review
The Honey Badgers have plenty of camber underfoot. And so despite being very soft, you can take them on jumps and they aren't ridiculous unusable noodles. They aren’t a jump ski by any means, but I wouldn't worry about taking them on a few mid sized jumps. You could certainly shred a few laps without needing to worry and you do generally have to be deliberately buttering or pressing to flex them, rather than accidentally washing out all over the shop. The very low weight also makes them easy to control in the air.
But without question, where they most obviously excel is for jibbing small features and hitting rails. They are so light that switch ups are stupidly easy and they make quick tweaks and taps that much easier too. If your primary function for a ski is hitting rails, trying to do a ton of swaps and 630s, these are going to be a great ski for you.
Happily durability was no issue during the week I was on them. The cap topsheets were in great shape after 7 days and I haven’t seen any real damage from 4 days of rail laps. Compared to skis in the same range, the Honey Badger are a pretty attractive offering.
Sizes: 155, 166, 172, 177 cm
Dimensions: 120 / 92 / 116 mm
Radius: 19.5M - 177
Weight: 1661g /ski - 177
Flex Pattern: 3 - 4 - 3
Growlin' around the park and streets, the Honey Badger holds nothing back. The Honey Badger will tackle whatever you put in front of it. Featuring a touch as nails Aspen Veneer Core that skis better and lasts longer, the Honey Badger ain't here to mess around.