‘Skiing the wrong way since ‘95’ is the mantra that Line Skis live by, and they’ve nailed that to a tee ever since their founding 27 years ago. Line was founded by Jason Levinthal as a way to provide an antithesis for the straight, stiff and uninspiring skis of the ‘90s. This resulted in ‘ski-board’ skis – essentially a pair of twin tipped ski blades that could spin and trick easily.
It wasn’t until 1999 before Line began pressing full length twin tipped skis. These skis, which were designed with freestyle legend Kris Ostness, were years ahead of their time, offering an extremely playful and pivotable ride – something that was rarely felt in the ‘90s.
By 2001, Line were really killing it in the freestyle scene. Adding the likes of Skogen Sprang, Mike Nick, Dash Longe, Mike Wilson and Eric Pollard to their team, Line were at the forefront of freeskiing progression as it was spreading to the masses. The final team member we listed, Eric Pollard, was also instrumental in the design and shaping of Line skis – many of which we still ride to this day.
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A star-studded athlete roster, sellout film premieres and some of the sickest topsheets in the business. Thanks to their incredible recent work on the freeskiing scenry, very little needs to be said about Swiss-based Faction Skis.
Born in 2006 in Verbier, Switzerland, Faction have utilised some of the best names in the game (Candide Thovex, Sam Anthamatten and Sarah Hoefflin, to name a few), to produce a brand that’s at the of every park rat’s shopping list. They’re pretty handy at shaping skis too, mind.
Their ski designs usually feature lightweight hybrid wood cores, playful rocker profiles and more planet-friendly recycled materials. Their range features everything from metal directional chargers (the Dictator series), to nearly symmetrical freestyle numbers (the CT and Prodigy series).
If you’re someone who likes the idea of putting your money into the companies that produce the planks of wood that go under your feet when you’re skiing, it’s worth noting that Faction is a (largely) skier owned project that you can invest in yourself. They very often open up rounds of investment that you’re able to get involved in. If this is something that interests you, then you can check out their investor page here.
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